How to Create a Mason Jar Organizer

Does anyone else have an obsession with mason jars? I don’t know what it is about them…but they are just so freakin’ adorable. I suppose I imagine myself with a different life when I hold one.  I’m sitting on a porch, drinking sweet tea, and sitting in a rocking chair. #livingthedream
Okay, enough day dreaming. Let’s just agree that mason jars are the bomb, and there are so many ways to incorporate them into your home.
Like perhaps for some unique bathroom storage…
Mason Jar Organizer DIY Playbook
You can get a tutorial on how to create a Mason Jar Organizer by reading this post or you can check out our Mason Jar Organizer Video Tutorial here too:
Mason Jar Bathroom Organizer Stained Wood
Mason Jar Project Supplies
Here’s what you’ll need for this project.
Supplies:
-8, 12, or 16oz. Mason jars (I found a case of 12 at Walmart. You could order these ones online too.)
-Hose clamps (found in the plumbing section of any home store)
-Wood (Mine is about 2 ft by 7 in. and I found it in Lowe’s lumber department)
-Wood stain
-Picture hanging kit
-Drill & screws
Hose Clamps
These are the hose clamps. I had never heard of them until this project, so do not be afraid!
Just ask someone at your local home improvement store to point you in the right direction, and buy a size that will fit around your mason jars.
Okay so now that you’ve got all of your supplies, it’s time to stain the wood.
Minwax Wood Stain in Ebony
I just used some left over stain from my coffee table project. You can find that staining tutorial right here.
Wood Stain Minwax Ebony
So stain it up and let your wood fully dry.
Then get out that electric drill of yours. Okay, now I’m not gonna lie. At this point I was on a roll and I was all ready to finish this project and get it on the wall. However, I did run into a few troubles. Here are my tips so you can avoid any mistakes.
Tip 1: Use a drill bit to get a hole started in the wood, where you’ll eventually screw in the hose clamp.
Tip 2: Also use the drill bit to make a hole in the hose clamp. You’ll definitely need to put your back into it, because it can be difficult to create a hole in the metal.
After you’ve created the hole in the wood and the hole in the hose clamp, line them up and drill the hose clamp into the wood.
Hose clamp screwed into stained wood
Voila! Repeat 3 more times until all hose clamps are attached.
Picture Hanging Kit
To hang this bad boy, I just nailed in 2 picture hangers on the backside of the wood.
Mason Jars on wood to organize bathroom clutter
I am loving the way it turned out! It’s farmhouse chic to me, not to mention it stores all kinds of bathroom goodies. (See more pics of the whole bathroom here).
Toothbrush and Glasses in mason jar
Mason Jar makeup brushes
Mason jar bathroom organizer
I think this mason jar organizer would work great ANYWHERE! Maybe in your kitchen for knives, forks, and spoons? Perhaps in a craft room to hold colored pencils, scissors, and glue? The possibilities really are endless.
Mason Jar pallet wood organizer in bathroom
This same mason jar organizer could even add some serious freshness to your kitchen, patio or city balcony. Who’s cookin’?
Mason Jar Herb Garden
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  • Jordan

    Ah how beautiful!!! These look fantastic. The dark wood contrasting with the shiny glass looks so pretty! would you link this up to our blog hop? I know our readers would love it.

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  • http://www.diyplaybook.blogspot.com/ DIY Playbook

    Jordan, I just linked up! Thanks for reaching out. So happy you like the mason jars.

    Can’t wait to explore your blog some more :)

  • Denyse Loar

    What a great organized idea.

    Denyse@ Glitter, Glue & Paint
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  • http://www.facebook.com/jsballard Jessica Walker Ballard

    I Love this idea. Thanks for linking up!!!

  • Traci

    Are they easy to take down to clean??

  • http://www.diyplaybook.blogspot.com/ DIY Playbook

    Traci they’re surprisingly easy to clean! You just unscrew the hose clamp a little bit and the jar slides out. Clean it, then tighten it up.

    The jar holding the toothpaste always needs a good cleaning, so I was relieved to find them easy to take down.

  • Trine @Creative Pink Butterfly

    I LOVE THIS! It looks just amazing! Fantastic! :)

    This is something I would concider making for my bathroom as well :) pinning this :)

  • Allison

    What size piece of wood did you use?

  • http://www.diyplaybook.blogspot.com/ DIY Playbook

    Allison, It’s about 2 feet by 7 inches. I just found it at Lowe’s in their lumber department.

  • anita

    what size are the mason jars I was looking at Walmart but there are three sizes 250 ml 500 ml and 1 l. I love your project and im looking into doing the same for my bathrooms I cant wait!

  • http://www.diyplaybook.blogspot.com/ DIY Playbook

    I know someone asked what size jars I used, and I’m pretty sure they are 250ml (or about 8oz) mason jars.

  • BeautyBanterBlog

    Fantastic idea! My bathroom is tiny so I would love to use this idea!! New follower!

    Maddy @ http://www.BeautyBanterBlog.com

  • http://www.diyplaybook.blogspot.com/ DIY Playbook

    Thanks Maddy! You should totally make one for your bathroom…great space saver!

  • Anonymous

    They look like 500ml (pop can size) im so doing this, going to town right now to get the supplies!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00015682901371108523 Christiana

    These look sooooooo awesome!! Thank you for being one of those fabulous people who share their very cool ideas!! Can’t wait to do this, I can think of tons of places around my house where something like this will come in handy. Love that the jars are so easy to clean.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04858664007562336914 Roberto Reyes

    How big is the wood piece

  • Suzanne

    Can you give more details about the size of the mason jars you used and also the dimensions of the piece of wood?

  • http://www.thediyplaybook.com/ DIY Playbook

    The jars are the 8oz (250 ml) ones and I think the wood was 2 feet by 7 inches from Lowe’s lumber department. You can really use anything though!

    Thanks Suzanne and good luck!

  • Mandi

    did you have to use a special bit to drill the hole into the hose clamp?

  • http://www.thediyplaybook.com/ DIY Playbook

    Mandi,
    Nope! Just a normal one. Creating the hole first just makes it a lot easier when you go to drill the screw in. I would just try and make sure your hole is big enough to fit your screw.

    Good Luck,
    Casey

  • Nae Nae

    You could also screw in some eye hooks on top and just attach a chain to hang it on a hook or a Rope both would be easier to hang than the back attachments..
    Just an idea for a easier way to hang.. =)

  • http://www.thediyplaybook.com/ DIY Playbook

    Great thinking @Nae Nae! That could make it a little more industrial, with a metal chain. Could be cool!

  • PWheelmaker

    This is so cute, to dress the look up, finish the jars off with the rings either plain or paint them out for color!

  • d

    They look a lot like 16oz jars in both the pics. I use mason jars a lot

  • http://www.unsweetened.ca/ Alexa Clark

    This is a fantastic idea, and you could reuse bottles from jam, tomato sauce or pickles to get different sized storage containers and save them from the recycling. I have some lovely square jam jars I’ve been saving that would suit this project perfectly.

  • http://www.thediyplaybook.com/ DIY Playbook

    Thanks Alexa! Yes, that is a great idea. Just save up some jars and maybe do a few different sizes and colors. Could make for a really cool & unique piece.

  • http://www.thediyplaybook.com/ DIY Playbook

    The jars are the 16oz ones and I think the wood was 2 feet by 7 inches from Lowe’s lumber
    department. You can really use anything though!

    Thanks Suzanne and good luck!

  • http://www.thediyplaybook.com/ DIY Playbook

    Nikki, you’ll just need to get a size that will fit around your specific mason jars. So just measure the diameter across the top of your jar, and make sure you get clamps that are big enough to go around the top. Then you can just tighten the clamp so the jar will stay in there snug.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12684776682692734713 virginia howell

    This is so cool..

  • quani

    Loved this post and love this website, the outcome was great !

  • quani

    I just completed my organizer today and I am so happy with it! Those hose clamps were super hard to drill through but i did it! I really love this website!

  • http://www.thediyplaybook.com/ DIY Playbook

    This looks AMAZING! Great job! Yes, drilling the hose clamps in was pretty difficult, but once you get the hang of it it isn’t too bad. Thanks for sharing!

    -Casey

  • Cathy

    Instead of trying to drill through the metal you could use a large nail to start the hole. Bam! Instant hole.

  • http://www.thediyplaybook.com/ DIY Playbook

    Yes, good idea Cathy! Then I would definitely switch back to the drill and screw it in. I don’t think a nail would be able to hold the weight of the mason jar.

  • arttoolman

    you can buy the hose clamps at woodworking stores as well in 2, 4, 6 in sizes (used for dust collection systems) Check out Woodcrafters or Rockler. Rockler also has excellent collection of cabinet & trunk hardware for other projects

  • hewhoflys

    To clarify, the wood size i what we call 1×8. They come in two foot increments or ypu can purchase a 8ft piece. Here is what 1×8 means. The 1 means 1inch thick and the 8 means 8 inches wide. After the wood is processed and milled it’s really only 3/4 of an inch thick and 7 inches wide. Hope I didn’t confuse anyone.

  • sara

    This is so smart and cool. Awesome!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07823724624974248912 Mary Broome

    I just made mine!!! You explained everything very well. The hubby had to help me drill through the clamps. You were right it is difficult. This is the best tutorial I have found. Thanks so much.

  • Ghaelach

    Morning girls.
    Another classic with your wood and jars. Fasten the wood to the wall, making a shelf for books etc; then take the metal caps from your jars and fasten them on the underneath side of your shelf. You can then fill your jars with whatever and the screw them back on the caps. You’ve then utilized both sides of your wood.
    Ghaelach aka James

  • Amy Mulroy Ryan

    How do you remove the jars for cleaning?

  • http://www.thediyplaybook.com/ DIY Playbook

    Amy,
    You simply loosen the hose clamp to make the ring bigger, and the jar will pop out. Then you put it back in and tighten the ring to make it smaller. It’s very easy!

    Casey

  • Amy Mulroy Ryan

    Great, thank you. Thought it might be simple but never had experience with hose clamps so thank you again for the help. Amy

  • http://www.thediyplaybook.com/ DIY Playbook

    Of course! Good luck with the project Amy!

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  • Melanie

    Love it! However, getting to the bottom to grab the last item could be tricky. Nothing like getting your hand stuck in a jar! :-)

    • http://www.thediyplaybook.com/ DIY Playbook

      haha you’re right Melanie! The best part is you can easily take the jars off the board and dump the contents out if anything gets stuck at the bottom. But I feel ya…my hands are too fat to always get to the bottom. :)

  • OldMan

    This idea has been used by men in their shops or garages for a long time. A variation would be to use baby jars which come in two sizes and are wonderful for smaller objects like rings and earrings

    • http://www.thediyplaybook.com/ DIY Playbook

      Such a great idea… Thanks!!

  • enuffsaid

    Hi! Lovely idea – but don’t you mean screw the hose clamp to the board, not drill it?

    • http://www.thediyplaybook.com/ DIY Playbook

      Hey There!
      You’ll first create a pilot hole through the clamp and into the wood. For this you’ll use a metal drill bit to create the pilot hole. Then you’ll switch out the bit on your cordless drill, to use a screwdriver bit to actually insert the screw into the wood to attach the hose clamp. So you’ll do both drilling and screwing. Hope that helps!

      Thanks!
      Casey

  • Jen

    This is the first time on your site and I’m in love!! Thanks for sharing the cool ideas and please keep them coming:)

    • http://www.thediyplaybook.com/ DIY Playbook

      Aw thanks for the kind words, Jen! We really appreciate it and hope you’ll keep tuning in for more fun DIY ideas.

  • http://www.thediyplaybook.com/ DIY Playbook

    Yeah definitely! You can use any size mason jar you want for this project, just be sure to buy large enough hose clamps.

  • K8tlyn28 .

    Thanks for the jar tutorial. I could not figure out how people were getting the rings nailed to the board!

    http://the–arnolds.blogspot.com

    • http://www.thediyplaybook.com/ DIY Playbook

      No problem! Happy to help. Good luck if you make your own!

      xo,
      Casey

  • Pahola Almonte

    I live in a college apartment, how can I hang this on the wall without damaging it?

    • http://www.thediyplaybook.com/ DIY Playbook

      Pahola,
      We’re firm believers in using 3M command strips when we don’t want to mark up the wall. Just make sure you get some that can hold enough weight, and don’t fill up the jars with anything too too heavy.

      Good luck!
      Casey

  • Kelly

    Are the hose clamps adjustable?? Did you use 12 ounce mason jars?

    • http://www.thediyplaybook.com/ DIY Playbook

      Yes the hose clamps are adjustable. You just hand tighten or use a screwdriver to adjust the size. The jars are 12 oz as well, but you can use any sized jar!

      Check out our video tutorial if you’re looking for more details. Thanks Kelly!

  • The mommy

    Make a mini version with baby food jars. :)

    • http://www.thediyplaybook.com/ DIY Playbook

      Love that idea!!

  • Fillippa Griffith

    I’m going to make this for my main bathroom to organize my hair care items! Using a wide mouth jar for the hair dryer!! Also using more than four jars. I need a lot of storage in the bathroom.

    • http://www.thediyplaybook.com/ DIY Playbook

      Fillippa, what a great idea with the hair dryer. Good luck!

  • http://www.thediyplaybook.com/ DIY Playbook

    Amy,
    I don’t really think the size matters (it will depend on the size of your screws)…focus more on how much force you use pushing down on the drill. Really put your back into it. I’d say start with a pilot hole in the wood, then place the metal clamp on top and drill through that.

    Good luck! You’ve got this!
    Casey

  • http://www.thediyplaybook.com/ DIY Playbook

    Great job!! Thanks for letting us know. Happy Organizing. =)