Wednesday, March 15, 2017

DIY Decorative Jars

  Do you ever have just random coins scattered about?  Seems like you can never quite get them all in one spot.  What about little cotton balls in the bathroom that are falling out of the bag?  There seems to always be those little things around the house that just needs a special place, but you can not quite put your finger on where to put these items.  I have the PERFECT solution for those pesky little items: Decorative Jars.

  These little jars are too cute!  They keep cotton balls from being scattered about in your bathroom drawer, coins in one central location and all those other small clutter creating items.  You may think that these jars are from some super high end store like Kirkland's, but in fact you are wrong.  You can make these super cute, simple, decorative jars for about... $3 to $4.

  The first thing you have to do to make these decorative jars is find you a jar WITH A LID.  When you are looking for these jars keep in mind that it will need to have a lid on it, but you do NOT want the lids that are screwed on.  A perfect example of these types of jars with the candle, that are not screw on, can be found on Amazon.  I have found these jars at Goodwill, yard sales and even at home.  When I say you can find these jars right in your own home, I mean take a look around... how many candles do you have in your house?  Probably three or four if you are anything like me.  I love candles, which is yet another reason these jars are so easy to make.  If you are using a candle jar, you are going to want to take the old candle wax out of the jar first.

  How to remove old candle wax:

  1. Boil water or use very HOT water. (I use my coffee pot.)
  2. Pour HOT water into your old candle jar.
  3. Let sit for awhile and you should start to see the old wax melting.
  4. Once the water has cooled down some, you can now remove the old wax from the jar.
**You may need to repeat these steps until you have gotten out all of the candle wax.

  Now that you have your jar, you want get out your handy dandy tools.

    Things you will need:

  • Jar with lid
  • Drill
  • Drill bit
  • Ruler
  • Knob
  • Pencil
  Starting with your jar lid, you will want to make a hole in the top.  Using your ruler, you want to find the center of your lid.  After you have found the center of the lid, you will then drill a hole.  To drill the perfect size hole in your lid, I took the knob and matched it to the drill bit that I used.  **Side note**  I did not do the drilling part of this activity.  My husband is better with tools than I am, so he took over this part.

  The next step is rather easy.  You now have to put your knob through the hole that your just drilled.  Once your knob is in place you will probably have a nut to screw on as well to keep the knob in place.

  Voila!  You now have a decorative jar to store small items.