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More Bathroom Updates: A New Shower Head

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[Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Waterpik. All opinions and photography are our own and are not influenced by Waterpik. Thank you for supporting the brands that support The DIY Playbook]

I didn’t plan on touching any of the plumbing when I first started this mini bathroom makeover… heck, I didn’t really plan on any of these recent updates until I hung our dreamy new mirror. But when Waterpik reached out and invited us to review their new Torrent PowerSpray+ shower head, I thought, “what’s one more project on the to-do list at this point?!” and eagerly agreed.

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The plan

waterpik_shower_faucet_bathroom-2My old shower head wasn’t necessarily bad, it just didn’t have any spray options. I was excited to install this new shower head because it has 9 different spray options, which I was hoping would make rinsing the shampoo & conditioner out of my super thick hair a lot easier… meaning quicker showers! waterpik_shower_faucet_bathroom_toolsI have never installed a shower head before. I videotaped the process for the video in this post, and was pleasantly surprised to find out that the entire install only took me 2 minutes and 50 seconds! All I needed for the project was channel lock pliers (I bought a pair for $10) and plumber’s tape. This Waterpik shower head cost $35 so this entire project, including new supplies, costs me less than $50!

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P.S. Did anyone else notice during the installation time-lapse when I drop the plumber’s tape?! Ha! The roll went everywhere…

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Overall, I’m happy with the new shower head, but here’s even more honest feedback to consider. On a scale from 1-5 stars, here’s how I would rate the Waterpik Torrent PowerSpray+ in each of these categories:

  • Innovation – 5 stars *****

    • I love that this shower head saves 1/2 a gallon of water per minute, has 9 spray options, was super easy to install.
  • Performance – 4 stars ****
    • Better than my last shower head, love the different spray options, loses one star for massage power… not as strong as I anticipated but still better than my last.
  • Massaging Power – 3 stars ***
    • I think the stream of water on the “massage” setting is perfect for getting my shampoo and conditioner out faster, but I don’t know if I would use that setting as a powerful massage all over my body (TMI?). I actually don’t mind that though, because I like the idea of saving water over having an uber powerful massage. That’s just me though…
  • Style + Design – 5 stars *****
    • Sleek, stylish, love the hint of black.

* Waterpik shower heads available at Target, Wal-mart & Home Depot.waterpik_shower_faucet_bathroom-4

 To summarize

Would I recommend you changing your shower head if you’re not happy with your current one? YES! It takes a couple of minutes and I promise if I could do it, so can you!

Would I recommend you getting a shower head with different spray options? YES! I’m obsessed with the spray options!

Would I recommend the Waterpik Torrent PowerSpray+? Yes! For the affordable price point, I think this shower head has a lot to offer and is a great addition to our upgraded bathroom makeover.
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P.S. More bathroom updates (as in my vanity lights & new paint) next Thursday on the blog.  =)


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  1. Kara D

    Hehe, I did notice you dropped that plumbers tape! I swear it’s part of the normal process, that’s why they give you so much on that roll for one little showerhead! I’ve changed out showerheads a couple of times and I drop that stupid roll every.single.time!

    Another reason to change out showerheads is to try to “simulate” better water pressure. My master en-suite bathroom had poor water pressure, and there wasn’t anything I could do about it. In a desperate move, I got one of those aerating showerheads (also from #target! I think it was Waterpik too!) and it’s made such a world of a difference.

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    Hehe, I did notice you dropped that plumbers tape! I swear it’s part of the normal process, that’s why they give you so much on that roll for one little showerhead! I’ve changed out showerheads a couple of times and I drop that stupid roll every.single.time!

    Another reason to change out showerheads is to try to “simulate” better water pressure. My master en-suite bathroom had poor water pressure, and there wasn’t anything I could do about it. In a desperate move, I got one of those aerating showerheads (also from #target! I think it was Waterpik too!) and it’s made such a world of a difference.

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Half Bathroom Tour

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As a home blogger, it can be a little strange that so many people know exactly what the inside of your home looks like. We try to really open our lives to you guys, and showcasing every inch of our homes is a part of that. I’m not gonna lie, it does make me feel a little weird to show the internet what my bedroom looks like, and share exactly where I lay my head each night. But that comes with the territory of being a home decor blogger, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.  If we can inspire someone with the way we decorate our homes, then it’s totally worth it!

I realized that I’ve shown you guys most of our shoe-box sized Chicago apartment (I mean there isn’t really that much ground to cover), but I have left one room off our tour list. Our half bathroom. I think I was a little intimidated to photograph the space, not because it’s ugly…but because it’s tiny, has mirrors, and has absolutely zero natural light. Not exactly the best equation for beautiful photographs. We recently added some new art in that little baby-sized room, and I figured it was finally time to attempt to shoot this space for the blog. So let’s do this thing already…

Even though we live in a one bedroom apartment, it is so nice to have an extra bathroom in our home. Not only is it convenient for guests, but it is essential to our morning routine here in the Finn household. My husband graciously gave me full reign of the large double-sink master bath, and he stores all of his stuff in the small powder room. Living together for four years, in three different places, we’ve always had separate bathrooms and it definitely works for us. (Side note: I don’t know what it is with guys and their bathrooms…but why do they spend so much time in there? Like what are you doing in there for soooo long? Am I the only girl who thinks that? Please tell me I’m not alone!)

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This little room houses our mason jar organizer, which holds lots of bathroom essentials. I’ll admit, 95% of the time it doesn’t have fresh flowers in it. But I do like to sneak some in when we’re having guests over. It just glams up the rustic piece a bit and adds some cheer to the small space. Yellow-Flowers-Mason-Jar

I try not to clutter up the small counter in here with too much stuff. Mostly just simple white accessories that offer storage and function. Wedding-Rings

Because this is our guest bathroom, I like to have extra toilet paper on hand. It’s never fun to be at someone’s home and run out of TP! So to avoid any awkwardness or embarrassment, we store lots of extra in a slim basket near the toilet. I know Bridget does the same in her household. It’s just a nice little way to make your guests feel extra comfortable.

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Because this space is so small, I decided to keep the decor in here very clean and simple. Bright white towels, frames, and a few natural elements help keep things looking fresh in this tiny room. You’re not overwhelmed with color or clutter, and I kinda like that.

One area where we do add a nice pop of color is through the art pieces. We recently received some gorgeous prints as a wedding gift, and I knew I had to frame them immediately. Because wall space is at a premium in our house, they ended up here in the powder room. But just because they’re in the bathroom, doesn’t mean I’m not obsessed with them. Blue-PrintThese are actually hand painted kimono prints from an old book. Finn’s aunt gave them to us to include in our home. I love the colorful details and texture, and I think they really pop against the thick white mats. Butterfly-PrintThe best news is I still have 2 more prints that I need to frame. Hopefully I can find a good spot for the others in our home, but for now I’m in love with these. Worlds-Fair-PosterOn the main wall, we hung this large Chicago print. Gotta have a little hometown love, right?

So that’s about it…I guess it doesn’t take too long to show off such a small space! Now I can confidently say that I’ve shown you just about every nook and cranny of our apartment. Does that mean that it’s time to move already? Hmmm…I could use a new space to decorate that’s for sure.

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  1. Katie

    Haha you are not alone! I wonder the same thing about my husband and the bathroom. Sometimes I’ll be looking for him aaaand that’s where he’s been!

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    1. DIY Playbook

      Katie so happy to hear you’re with me girl! Oh my goodness…what is it with guys and the bathroom? Like seriously I think he could watch an entire football game on his phone in there. Weird….

  2. Jessica

    Casey – I love your little half bath. Love the art you chose to help accentuate the space, and you totally did a great job photographing it!!! So want your mason jar organizer; it’s little things that make a space divine.

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  3. Samantha

    Where did you get that little heart jewelry dish? It’s so cute! And you really know how to decorate a small space. Love it.

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    Haha you are not alone! I wonder the same thing about my husband and the bathroom. Sometimes I’ll be looking for him aaaand that’s where he’s been!

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    1. DIY Playbook

      Katie so happy to hear you’re with me girl! Oh my goodness…what is it with guys and the bathroom? Like seriously I think he could watch an entire football game on his phone in there. Weird….

  2. Jessica

    Casey – I love your little half bath. Love the art you chose to help accentuate the space, and you totally did a great job photographing it!!! So want your mason jar organizer; it’s little things that make a space divine.

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  3. Samantha

    Where did you get that little heart jewelry dish? It’s so cute! And you really know how to decorate a small space. Love it.

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All-in-one Beach Storage

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I know, I know… it’s only March, which makes it not even close to beach weather here in Chicago. But for any teachers or students in the crowd, the beach may not be so far off. Do we have any spring breakers tuning in? Whether you’re headed on Spring Break to somewhere tropical (jealous) or just wishing beach weather would hurry its behind up and get here already… it’s always a good time to get organized (and plan ahead for those much needed days of sunshine).
In our house, when beach weather comes around… there’s nothing more annoying than planning for a day at the beach and checking 42 places in our home for all of the day’s necessities. His trunks are somewhere in there, my suit is somewhere around here, the sunscreen is who knows where. Ah-nnoying. Our solution to this chaos? A simple, all-in-one place to store ALL things beach.
It’s simple. You put all of the stuff you need for a day at the beach/lake all in ONE spot. Let me break it down for ya….
1. Get a storage bin/box (I scored this one on super sale at HomeGoods).
2. Gather all of your beach towels, fold them up and add them to the bin.
3. Dig through his stuff to find all of his trunks….
4. Gather up all of your suits (ya know, mixing and matching is in these days… having all of your options to decide the perfect suit combo is essential)
5. Corral all of your travel sized goodies and beach essentials (sunblock, lotions, mouthwash for overnights, etc. etc.)
6. Add your travel goodies into a small travel bag. I actually made this one in my high school sewing class, but any large make-up tote would work.
7. Add everything neatly into the bin.  Keyword: neatly! You’ve come this far, don’t fall short now.
8. Label the bin so you don’t forget where to find your box o’ beach. (because if you’re anything like me, you forget what is in each box if they are not labeled properly).
9. Find a home for your beach box and store it until it’s time for some serious fun in the sun! I added mine to my linen closet and love that it frees up space in our drawers and cabinets while also keeping everything in one central location.
When it’s time for our next va-cay or road trip to the lake, we are practically packed and ready to go. Gone are the days where we are tearing the drawers and cabinets apart to find the bottoms of my bikini, the sunblock, or his mysteriously missing trunks. We know exactly where they are and we are ready to GO (without any stress)! Now, all we need is some warm weather…
…it may be awhile, but we are ready for it!
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Bye Bye Beige in the Bathrooms

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When we moved into our Chicago pad, we decided to paint the entire place with a fresh coat of gray. Well…I shouldn’t say entire place. We did most of our new condo, but decided to forgo the bathrooms.  Just because bathrooms can be very difficult to paint…I mean c’mon…who wants to crawl behind the toilet so they can brush it with some paint? Ew…not me.
But after living in our place for three months, I decided that it was time to tackle our bathrooms. I just couldn’t stand them any longer. Take a look for yourself at the gross before…
Bathrooms before
boring beige bathroom
Okay, it’s not terrible. But it isn’t great either! It was this kinda shiny beige color and it was just very…”blah.”
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Plus, I felt like it was just beige, on top of beige, on top of beige. Nothing was pure white, instead it all just looked kinda dirty.
Double towel bars
I also had a really weird towel bar situation going on. For some reason there were 2 towel bars installed above the toilet. Weird, right? I knew that if I painted the bathroom, I could get rid of one of them and it would look a lot more normal above our porcelain throne.
bye bye towel bar
So I decided to take 1 day, suck it up, and just get them done! First on my to-do list, get rid of the towel bar! I unscrewed the bottom one off and pulled that sucker off. It felt great.
Spackle
I then whipped out some spackle and got to work filling in the holes that were left behind. I sanded the area down, spackled it up, waited until it dried, and then sanded it down again.
Spackled holes
Spackling is very easy and I promise you can do it. If you’re a spackling newbie read this article for some tips and tricks.
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Once the holes were filled, I unscrewed all of the outlet covers and got to work taping. Taping is by far my least favorite part of the painting process. But, it is the most essential part of the job. Don’t forget to tape the ceiling so you don’t accidentally get any paint up there.
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Lucky for me, my mom decided to come help me paint our two bathrooms. With both of us working we were able to get it all done in less than 4 hours. Pretty good if you ask me! Our system is someone edges with a brush, while the other is the designated roller. We flew through both rooms in no time at all, with two coats of our paint color.
Here are the “after” shots. No more beige baby!
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Sherwin Williams Passive
The color is Sherwin William’s “Passive” and it is the same color we have in our main room. We had tons of paint leftover, so we decided it was easiest to just continue with that color in the bathrooms. It looks a little blue in these photos, but it is actually a light gray. I’m a big fan…
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I’m happy that I finally decided to take on these two rooms. It was worth it to crouch down and paint behind the toilet, because now I can say “Bye bye beige!”
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My bathroom is now feeling much less blah, and much more glam…all thanks to a little paint!
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  1. Meredith

    LOVE this makeover! I agree – bathrooms that are all beige are so “BLAH”, as you say! I like the “Passive” color. And all your accent pieces add such a nice touch!

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  2. DIY Playbook

    It looks fantastic! I love gray, but it is sometimes so hard to get it the way you want! I feel like our grays are all a little too blue. Your bathroom looks amazing….love the accessories!

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  3. runningtall

    Ahh this is almost exactly the color I want to paint my house this spring. I have a semi-nautical theme going throughout the house and think a light grey with my white crown modeling/baseboards would look way better than the light brown walls that were there when we moved in! PS where are those stud earrings from in that last picture? Love!

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  1. Meredith

    LOVE this makeover! I agree – bathrooms that are all beige are so “BLAH”, as you say! I like the “Passive” color. And all your accent pieces add such a nice touch!

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  2. DIY Playbook

    It looks fantastic! I love gray, but it is sometimes so hard to get it the way you want! I feel like our grays are all a little too blue. Your bathroom looks amazing….love the accessories!

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  3. runningtall

    Ahh this is almost exactly the color I want to paint my house this spring. I have a semi-nautical theme going throughout the house and think a light grey with my white crown modeling/baseboards would look way better than the light brown walls that were there when we moved in! PS where are those stud earrings from in that last picture? Love!

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Shampoo Solution

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If you don’t already think so, this post may convince you that I have officially gone off the deep end. And you know what, I don’t really blame you.
However, if you live in a ONE BATHROOM place, you may just see my point.
When you live in a ONE BATHROOM space, your bathroom sees far more traffic than it ever should. Yup, guests are using the same bathroom (only because it’s the ONLY bathroom) that you live in, you get ready in, you shower in, and you need to make work each and everyday. Not ideal.
If I had the leisure to have a separate bathroom for my guests, I’m sure this would be a different story. I would fill that bathroom with pretty basics that are simple, attractive and that’s probably all I would put in there. But guess what? When you have to function in this bathroom everyday, the basics are NOT going to cut it. Pretty bottles that are simple and attractive are far from reality. You need real and REAL is not always pretty & simple. Well, until now that is….
And that’s where these ugly shower bottles come in. When guests come over and use the same bathroom that we do on an everyday basis, I hate that the (exposed) shower is cluttered with bottles that are unattractive and disorganized.
I know, I know… I could just put them under the sink or in the linen closet when people stop by, but how annoying?! That’s when I decided to give these bottles a makeover. (Yup, and this is where I fall off the deep end.)
Project: Simplify & Prettify.
Step 1: Peel off the labels of each bottle (but don’t get them confused in the meantime).
Step 2: trace simple numbers on the bottles that indicate what bottle you should use FIRST and which you should use SECOND.
If you look closely, you can see the lightly traced number.
Outline your template and color each number in.
Before long, you are left with two bottles that are sleek, clean, simple and most importantly LESS cluttered!
When guests peek in your shower (cause yes, I know you do), they will see clean, simplified bottles.
As far as I’m concerned, this simplified look fits the feel of our bathroom far better. Plus, it’s super functional because now I don’t have to physically pick up the bottles to see which is shampoo and which is conditioner. I simply keep them in their places and pump each bottle accordingly, #1 first and #2 second. Go figure?
Lucky for me, the built in window blocks water from touching these bottles. I did a little experiment on another bottle and noticed that the permanent marker I used is NOT water resistant on this surface. So, if your bottles are going to come in contact with water, you may need to use a different tool to color in your labels. If you find one that is completely waterproof, let us know!! We’d love to share your findings with all of our fellow rookies.
So yes, I made over my shower bottles, and yes I plan to continue to use these containers over and over again, and yes, I may or may not have officially gone off the deep end. But hey, if I’m headed off the deep end… I hope there’s less clutter and more than one bathroom wherever I end up!
Any tips on waterproofing materials or what marker/paint may work better for this project?
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  1. Meredith

    Haha this is clever! I completely understand the one-bathroom thing; I always feel the need to compulsively clean/tidy/hide/rearrange my toiletries when guests come over. It’s amazing how re-vamping the bottles makes it look that much nicer!

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    Haha this is clever! I completely understand the one-bathroom thing; I always feel the need to compulsively clean/tidy/hide/rearrange my toiletries when guests come over. It’s amazing how re-vamping the bottles makes it look that much nicer!

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Bathroom Updates

Bathroom, washroom, steam room, restroom, lady’s room, lavatory, water closet… who knew there were so many ways to address this sacred space? I’ll skip the awkward toilet talk and jump right into a little tour of what keeps us so fresh & so clean, clean at the Longview Lodge. 
Welcome to the official tour of our home’s spa. 
clean bathroom makeover
Rookie Tip: fresh flowers in the bathroom is a must. I snagged these jaw-dropping blooms for $3.99! Not that I have flowers on tap all the time, but definitely worth a few bucks when I’m looking for a little extra charm.  
ampersand in bathroom

I scored this amazing Ampersand on Sale @ HomeGoods for $9! It’s a pop of art that is simple, meaningful, AFFORDABLE, and working with the color scheme.

industrial inspired bathroom
white bathroom accessories
Soap & Q-tip Combo: $12.99 @ HomeGoods
Ring dish: amazing engagement gift from one of my MVP bridesmaids 
Ceramic ring dish
wood bathroom mat
Wood Floor Mat: $9.99 on sale @ HomeGoods
cheap towel hooks
I love that the towels add function while also adding some pure white to the space, white always makes everything look clean and fresh to me.
Bathroom Flowers
Jute Jars (DIY): Get the full tutorial here! Cost: Less than $3
Simple Bathroom Makeover
Overall, I’m pretty content with the progress of our little water closet. I do have my eyes-peeled for a industrial meets glam inspired light fixture, but until I find the perfect one, I am happy with this simple, clean space.  
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  1. DIY Playbook

    I actually found the wire baskets in my dad’s old shop. He kept some of his tools organized in them and thinks he got them back over 30+ years ago when a local swimming pool went out of business. They were the old bins for the locker room!

    I feel your pain though, I’ve been trying to find a few more bins for around my house & haven’t had much luck. I’ve spotted some at a few flea markets, but they are so expensive! If you find any, let me know!!

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    I actually found the wire baskets in my dad’s old shop. He kept some of his tools organized in them and thinks he got them back over 30+ years ago when a local swimming pool went out of business. They were the old bins for the locker room!

    I feel your pain though, I’ve been trying to find a few more bins for around my house & haven’t had much luck. I’ve spotted some at a few flea markets, but they are so expensive! If you find any, let me know!!

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How to Create a Mason Jar Organizer

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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-1

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:

Supplies to Make a Mason Jar Organizer

Mason Jar Project Supplies

Here’s what you’ll need for this project. Affiliate links used for your convenience.

Supplies:

Project Steps

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 another project (you can check out my staining tips from this post about our floating credenza).

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-jar-organizer-2I 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-organizer-1I think this mason jar organizer would work great just about anywhere. Maybe in your kitchen for knives, forks, and spoons? Perhaps in a craft room to hold pencils, scissors, and glue? The possibilities really are endless. Mason-jar-flowers

This same mason jar organizer could even add some serious freshness to your kitchen, patio or city balcony.

Mason Jar Herb GardenTake-mason-jar-out-to-clean
Mason-Jar-ScrewdriverAnd if you’re worried about the mason jar getting dusty or dirty, here’s an easy way to clean it!
diy_mason_jar_organizerOr if you want to make a more colorful mason jar organizer, check out this post for that!
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  1. 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.

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  2. 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 🙂

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  3. 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!

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  4. Anonymous

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

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  5. 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.

    Reply
  6. 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

    Reply
  7. 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.. =)

    Reply
  8. 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.

    Reply
  9. 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.

    Reply
  10. 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!

    Reply
  11. Cathy

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

    Reply
  12. 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.

    Reply
  13. 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

    Reply
  14. 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.

    Reply
  15. 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.

    Reply
  16. 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

    Reply
  17. 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

    Reply
  18. 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

    Reply
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  21. 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! 🙂

    Reply
    1. 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. 🙂

    2. 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.

  22. 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

    Reply
    1. 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

  23. 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:)

    Reply
    1. 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

    1. 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!

  24. 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.

    Reply
  25. 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

    Reply
  26. 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.

    Reply
    1. DIY Playbook

      Kathleen,
      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!

      xo,
      Casey

  27. 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 🙂

    Reply
  28. DIY Playbook

    Lela,
    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!
    Casey

    Reply
  29. 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!

    Reply
    1. 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.

  30. Stephanie Wright

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

    Reply
    1. 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!

    1. 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.

  31. 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!

    Reply
    1. 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.
      thks,

  32. 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.
    🙂
    Emily

    Reply
  33. 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

    Reply
    1. 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!

  34. 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 🙂

    http://www.naturalmovers.ca

    Reply
  35. 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?

    Reply
    1. 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!
      Casey

  36. 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.

    Reply
    1. 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!
      Casey

  37. 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! :/

    Reply
    1. DIY Playbook

      Calla,
      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!
      Casey

  38. 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.

    Reply
    1. 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!

    1. 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.

  39. 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?

    Thanks!
    Leah

    Reply
    1. 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.

  40. n1ck0las

    I’m building a few for my wife. I’m making a modification by using a screw/anchor kit (metal anchors rated for 40lbs) by marking the locations of the clamps on the board, then drilling pilot holes through the board into the wall. After anchors are installed in the wall, I’ll screw through the clamps directly into the wall. This will ensure the install is very secure and clean. It may be overkill, but I was concerned with heavier objects causing the install to fall.

    If anyone needs more specific info, just shout. Also, great idea and write up!

    Reply

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117 thoughts on “How to Create a Mason Jar Organizer

  1. 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.

    Reply
  2. 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 🙂

    Reply
  3. 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!

    Reply
  4. Anonymous

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

    Reply
  5. 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.

    Reply
  6. 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

    Reply
  7. 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.. =)

    Reply
  8. 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.

    Reply
  9. 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.

    Reply
  10. 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!

    Reply
  11. Cathy

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

    Reply
  12. 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.

    Reply
  13. 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

    Reply
  14. 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.

    Reply
  15. 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.

    Reply
  16. 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

    Reply
  17. 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

    Reply
  18. 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

    Reply
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  21. 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! 🙂

    Reply
    1. 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. 🙂

    2. 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.

  22. 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

    Reply
    1. 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

  23. 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:)

    Reply
    1. 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

    1. 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!

  24. 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.

    Reply
  25. 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

    Reply
  26. 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.

    Reply
    1. DIY Playbook

      Kathleen,
      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!

      xo,
      Casey

  27. 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 🙂

    Reply
  28. DIY Playbook

    Lela,
    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!
    Casey

    Reply
  29. 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!

    Reply
    1. 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.

  30. Stephanie Wright

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

    Reply
    1. 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!

    1. 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.

  31. 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!

    Reply
    1. 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.
      thks,

  32. 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.
    🙂
    Emily

    Reply
  33. 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

    Reply
    1. 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!

  34. 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 🙂

    http://www.naturalmovers.ca

    Reply
  35. 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?

    Reply
    1. 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!
      Casey

  36. 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.

    Reply
    1. 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!
      Casey

  37. 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! :/

    Reply
    1. DIY Playbook

      Calla,
      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!
      Casey

  38. 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.

    Reply
    1. 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!

    1. 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.

  39. 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?

    Thanks!
    Leah

    Reply
    1. 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.

  40. n1ck0las

    I’m building a few for my wife. I’m making a modification by using a screw/anchor kit (metal anchors rated for 40lbs) by marking the locations of the clamps on the board, then drilling pilot holes through the board into the wall. After anchors are installed in the wall, I’ll screw through the clamps directly into the wall. This will ensure the install is very secure and clean. It may be overkill, but I was concerned with heavier objects causing the install to fall.

    If anyone needs more specific info, just shout. Also, great idea and write up!

    Reply

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