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 Project Supplies

Here’s what you’ll need for this project.


      • 8, 12, or 16oz. Mason jars
      • Hose clamps (found in the plumbing section of any home store or order online)
      • Wood (Mine is about 2 ft by 7 in. and I found it in Lowe’s lumber department)
      • Wood stain (I used the color “Jacobean”)
      • Brush or rag
      • Picture hanging kit & hammer
      • Drill (pilot & screw bits)
      • 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 power 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.

Rookie Tip #1: Use a drill bit to get a pilot hole started in the wood, where you’ll eventually screw in the hose clamp.

Rookie 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 screw the hose clamp into the wood.

Hose clamp screwed into stained wood

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.

Mason Jar makeup brushes

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.

Yellow-Flowers-Mason-JarMason-Jar-Bathroom-OrganizerThis same mason jar organizer could even add some serious freshness to your kitchen, patio or city balcony.

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And if you’re worried about the mason jar getting dusty or dirty, here’s an easy way to clean it!
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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.

    xoxo, Jordan

  • 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

  • Jessica Walker Ballard

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

  • Traci

    Are they easy to take down to clean??

  • 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?

  • 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!

  • 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 @

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • 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?

  • DIY Playbook

    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,

  • 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.. =)

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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!


  • Cathy

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

  • 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!

  • 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?

  • DIY Playbook

    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!


  • 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

  • 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! :-)

    • 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. :)

    • Michelle White

      Use the large mouth jars, guys can get their hands in them. ;)

    • Edwina Kastner

      If you don’t want to loosen the ring then use a small set of tongs to reach items in the bottom or a magnet if they are metal.

  • 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

    • 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?

    • 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!


  • 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:)

    • 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.

  • 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!


    • DIY Playbook

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


  • Pahola Almonte

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

    • DIY Playbook

      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!

  • Kelly

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

    • 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. :)

    • DIY Playbook

      Love that idea!!

    • karmaso

      Great idea!! I also love the idea of all flowers or herbs. So clever and pretty!

    • DIY Playbook

      Thanks so much! We love it too.

  • 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.

    • DIY Playbook

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

  • DIY Playbook

    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!

  • DIY Playbook

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

  • Kathleen Henderson

    LOVE this idea! I want to mount pencil cups in a few spots through the house, but couldn’t picture just the right scenario. I do believe this is what I’ve been looking for! :-)

    Question: do the bottoms of the jars rest against the wood, or do they stick out a bit? It’s hard to tell from the pictures. If the clamp goes around the skinny part of the jar, it seems like the bottoms would stick out, since they’re fatter.

    • DIY Playbook

      So happy you like the project and want to create your own! It’s going to look amazing holding craft supplies. Perfect!

      As for the bottoms sticking out…they really don’t. The jar is just about flush with the wood. So don’t worry about it sticking out too much…should be fine!

      Good luck with the project!


  • DIY Playbook

    It’s called “Ebony 2718″ by Minwax.

  • Nicole-Lyn Sagapolutele

    This is pretty cool, I’m finally getting my place and this was one of the few projects I wanted done in the bathroom. Thanks again :)

    • DIY Playbook

      So happy you enjoyed the project! Hope it looks great in your bathroom.

  • DIY Playbook

    So happy you like the mason jar project. I hope you tackle it for your master bathroom.

    We would love for you to share it on your blog. We always just ask that you only use 1 picture and link back to our blog.

    Thanks again!

  • Shinobi Def

    Thanks – great tutorial! However, I’m struggling a bit with hose clamp sizes – I don’t have any jars so was thinking of using recycled tins. Where the retailer quotes the size, is this the diameter or circumference? I’m guessing diameter as your hose clips look like they say 62mm? Thanks!

    • DIY Playbook

      Shinobi, the hose clamps are adjustable so you don’t have to buy the exact size. But I would recommend bringing your tins to the hardware store, just to make sure the clamp fits around the mouth of the can. Then you can adjust them from there.

    • Shinobi Def

      Thank you!

  • Stephanie Wright

    Do you know roughly how much this project cost you to make? Or at the very least, how much the wood cost?

    • DIY Playbook

      Stephanie, this project will cost you less than $20. The hose clamps are only a few dollars, then the cost of the mason jars and wood. You can get wood at the hardware store for a few dollars, and sometimes they even have scraps for free. It really will depend on how big of a piece you want for your particular project. Good luck!

  • Joseph

    Thanks for this great tutorial. Really awesome work. I am going to make a jar for my bathroom. It will definitely help for daily projects for the home. Keep posting.

    • DIY Playbook

      Thanks so much!

  • mariah

    What size nail did you use? i can’t get any through the clamp holes.

    • DIY Playbook

      Mariah, you won’t use a nail to make the hole in the hose clamp. Instead use a drill bit to make a pilot hole through the clamp and into the wood. The size of this will depend on the screw you are using when you then go to attach it. Does that make sense? The video should help provide a good visual.

  • cfont01101988

    Hi! I love what do you are doing! Can you tell me if the size of the jars are 12 or 16oz? Thks in advance!

    • DIY Playbook

      The jars in the photos are 12 ounces, but any size will work for this project! thanks.

    • cfont01101988

      Hi, Thank you! I would like to have the same as the picture but 12 seems to be a little bit more difficult to find… I only found 16oZ.

  • edipanni

    Thank you so much for this idea! It’s so cute! I found it on Pinterest and am planning on using it to store crayons and other art supplies for my daughter’s desk. :)

    • DIY Playbook

      What a great idea to use by the desk. Love it!

  • Afa from Tokyo

    Dear Casey and Bridget! What an awesome project! I am planning to do this one myself, but …. first of all, the apartment I am moving in is a rental, so i was thinking of using command stickers to hang the board with jars. Now another dilemma is that, as you may know, wooden boards are quite heavy. So my question is, do you think i can use plastic board (those like boards for signs, but the one which visually looks like wood) for the jars or it will be way too heavy for the poor board?
    Thanks a lot

    • DIY Playbook

      Thanks so much!! Actually, one of our friends just re-created this exact look (with wood) and hung it on her wall with command strips. I think you should be fine if you did that too!

  • Stephanie Smith

    This is absolutely adorable! I love this, and the wooden plank the jars are secured too is a beautiful color. I’d love to have something like this to organize and add more storage space to my bathroom, so I’ll be making a trip to home depot. Thanks for sharing :)

  • Aimee

    What size are the hose clamps? I bought the smallest size they had at Home Depot and I can’t figure out how to adjust them so In thinking maybe mine are the wrong size?

    • DIY Playbook

      Hey Aimee,
      You adjust the size of the ring by unscrewing it a bit using a flathead screwdriver. I’d suggest bringing the jar with you to the store, and making sure it fits around the mouth of it. Then you can tighten and untighten the hose clamp around the mouth to make sure you can get a snug fit.

      Good luck!

  • Aimee D

    I’m so excited to get this project finished, but now I can’t figure out how to get the pilot hole in the hose clamp. How are you using a drill bit to do this without killing yourself? I tried nailing a hole or at least a dent in it first in order to guide the drill, but nothing seems to make a dent.

    • DIY Playbook

      Hey Aimee,
      Oh boy…we don’t want you to hurt yourself. Ha! Definitely make a pilot hole in the wood first, then put the clamp on top of it and do your best to drill through. It certainly requires a bit of muscle, so be sure to put some pressure on your drill as you do it. If that doesn’t work, then use a drill bit used specifically for metal. My regular bit worked, but if yours isn’t working then just pick up a steel bit for $4 or so and try that.

      Good luck!

  • Calla Michalski

    can you please explain how you were able to drill into the metal clamp? I was doing a similar project last week, and it was IMPOSSIBLE to get a screw/nail through the clamp! :/

    • DIY Playbook

      You’ll need to use a pilot bit on the end of your drill that works with metal. Often times they’re made out of titanium. Then it’s just a matter of putting your power drill on the right setting, and drilling through the metal clamp. Once you have your hole, you should be able to easily screw it on!

      Good luck!

  • Chelsea @ The Johnsons Plus Do

    Love this – great tutorial! I would love to feature this on a blog post I’m planning on Small Bathroom Ideas. Would you mind if I used one photo and linked it back to this blog post? Let me know.

    • DIY Playbook

      No problem! As long as you credit the photo and tutorial back, no problem at all! Thanks for sharing =)

    • Chelsea @ The Johnsons Plus Do

      Just wanted to let you know that this post was published on Monday. Here’s a link if you’d like to check it out.


      Chelsea @ The Johnsons Plus Dog

    • DIY Playbook

      Not a problem at all, thanks Chelsea!

  • Michelle Markiewicz

    Just found this page!! Awesome idea!! Making one tonight for our bathroom!

    • DIY Playbook

      Thanks Michelle!!

  • Jennaedmister

    What size hose clamps did you use?

    • DIY Playbook

      I’m not sure the exact size of these ones. I advise bringing the jar you want to use with you to the hardware store and then finding one that is large enough to go around the mouth of it. Good luck!

  • sharonjustwannawin

    I love this idea ! You could use this for herbs or anything else anywhere ;-D

  • Jess George

    Am I able to use nails opposed to screws? Would that make a difference?

    • DIY Playbook

      I wouldn’t use nails. Screws have better holding power. If you use a nail it will eventually get kinda loose with the weight of the jar and the contents inside it.

  • Leah Rachel

    Hi! My boyfriend and I are trying to make four of these and we’ve run into a real problem drilling a hole through the hose clamps. We purchased titanium pilot drill bits and ended up breaking one in attempting this. We also tried making the last hose clamp slat wider so we didn’t have to make a hole but that didn’t work either. We would hate not to finish this project as we were really excited to use them and we bought materials for four of them… Do you have any other suggestions?


    • DIY Playbook

      Leah, I’m so sorry to hear that! Titanium drill bits are made to drill through metal….so it should have no problem going through a small hose clamp. Make sure your drill is in the highest torque position so you get a lot of power. Also be sure to push on the end of the drill from above. We put our piece of wood on the ground and pushed down. That should do it! Good luck.