Rustic Mason Jar Wall Art

Remember when the trendy thing to do was drink from a mason jar? Now the trend is to incorporate mason jars into just about everything! Which works for me, beacause at $9.99 for a dozen, that’s a lot of crafting!

Today’s craft was a gift for a friend. After sneaking around on her Pinterest page, I found a photo of some hanging mason jars used for herbs. Perfect! Off to the hardware store I went. Then back home to my stash of weathered wood. 

Before I list everything you’ll need, let me jump on that last sentence and talk about “my stash of weathered wood.” 

  
I had to replace a few boards on my fence in the last couple years, mostly because the bottom had rotted. However, my fence is 6 feet tall. There’s nearly 5 feet of perfectly good, perfectly weathered wood left on it. I cut them down to about 18″ and left them leaning against a wall inside die a couple months until they were nice a dry. Ta-da! My own stash of weathered wood. Ask your neighbors and friends – don’t let that fence wood go to waste!

Okay, back to what you’ll need:

1 – piece of weathered wood (18″ x 5″ x 1/2″)

3 – quart mason jars

3 – pipe clamps (sized to mason jar)

3 – 1/4 to 1/2 wood screws

2 – self leveling picture hangers

Drill

Drill bits

Butane torch

Nail

Hammer

Flathead screwdriver

  
Step 1 – On the back of the wood, measure 1″ from the top, and 3″ from the edges. Place your picture hangers and press in slightly so they don’t move. Hammer in lightly. 

Step 2 – On the front, measure so your jars will be evenly spaced. For an 18″ board, this would be every 4 1/2″. Drill a small pilot hole at each spot.

 
Step 3 –  Decide how you want your pipe clamps placed, but make sure the screw to tighten them faces out so you can adjust it. Once you have them placed, mark the back where it will attach to the wood. Heat the pipe clamp with the torch, then use the hammer and nail to punch a hole in the clamp. 
Step 4 – Align your pipe clamps and using the drill and screws, attach them to the wood. Hold on tight! The clamps can swivel. 

Step 5 – Add the jars and use the screwdriver to tighten the pipe clamps. Make sure they are tight, but do this by hand. A drill would be a shattered glass disaster! 

Enjoy!

  

Framed Mason Jar Flowers

I really love flowers. Any flower. When I was younger, I would pick Scotch Broom, which is an invasive shrub in my neck of the woods, and put it in vases in my playhouse. It doesn’t matter the type of flower (or weed), I am happy just having a little color in my house.

I noticed a trend with hanging flowers from some sort of wall vase and really loved the idea. I’ve always thought framing flowers would be a great touch as well. As usual, my adventure into finding a way to combine flowers and walls sent me to our nearby thrift store where I found this PERFECT wooden frame.

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It was already sanded and really all it needed was a sealant. I am NOT a fan of painted on sealers and varnishes, because I can almost never get them to look they way I want. However, I was planning on using this frame to hold a container full of water and moist flowers – it needed to be sealed.

I highly recommend this clear, matte finish sealant by Krylon. It sprayed on easily and did not leave any lines!  It dries quickly too!

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Speaking of recommendations, have you heard of the Monkey Hook? It’s basically the easiest way to hang a photo ever. All you need is a wall without a stud behind it. Of course, before I could use the Monkey Hook, I needed to get a hanger on the back of the frame.

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I picked up these push in picture hanging teeth at our local hardware store, but honestly, any place that sells nails probably has them. Some come with mini nails, but these ones just have a little notch in the metal that is bent to 90 degrees and can be pushed, or lightly hammered into place. Just like that, I had a frame I could hang.

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I also picked up this pipe clamp at the hardware store, which is exactly what I needed to mount the jar I had picked for this project (also from the thrift store).

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A quick glance at where I thought I wanted the jar and a few pencil marks.

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I screwed through the metal and into the wood frame to mount the pipe clamp. From there, I clamped it around the neck of the jar to get me a fully mounted mason jar on a frame.

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Which meant all I needed next was to use the magical Monkey Hook and add some flowers. Not too shabby for $9.23 (Frame $1.99, Jar $0.75, Sealer $3.99, Pipe Clamp $2.50).

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I made this back in early spring and had a variety of tulips in it. Now that summer is here, dahlias have been my flower of choice. I am not sure what I will put in it during the snowy season, but I am sure I will think of something.

I decided to leave the frame it’s natural color because it has more of a casual feel to me. Also, I chose a somewhat beat up pipe clamp to add a little charm to the piece. I’m quite happy with how it turned out and check the thrift store often for additional frames.

If you are a thrift store lover like me, please don’t forget to donate to the store via a cash donation or dropping off unused items.

Paint Chip Mobile

Nerd alert! I love polkadots. I also love patterns and rainbows. So, this craft project was right up my alley.

I recently noticed the trend of using paint chips for craft projects. They are already color coordinated and there seems to be an endless supply. That being said, part of me wondered if it would be stealing to take 25 of the same chip, so I asked the folks at my local store if I could buy them. They told me to not worry about it – however, I would still strongly suggest you ASK before taking. Being polite is always received better!

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After I chose my color palate, I ran home to start cutting! I used this muffin tin and my 1″ hole punch to go through the chips. I got about four rounds per color. Since I planned to tape them together, that yielded me two complete rounds per chip. I had a lot of cutting ahead of me!

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After the cutting was done, I started to arrange them in columns. I went with nine columns, two per arm and one in the center.

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I just kept going!

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This was apparently boring for some in my house.

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I cut fishing line in 2.5 foot lengths and used glue to sandwich the line.

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That’s it!

After I got all the lines done, I turned my attention to the top of the mobile.

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Thanks to my dry cleaner for the metal!

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Thanks to my husband for cutting them apart.

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And thanks to J&B Weld for being awesome.

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I let it set up for about an hour. After that, I wrapped fishing line around the center and added about a two foot tail of line to hang with. Then I held it up and adjusted the position of the hangers until it hung level. Sticky process, but no one wants an uneven mobile! Unless it’s art, and the art is that it is uneven. I’m just not that hip.

Much tying and adjusting later, I had my mobile!

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Here it is as a temporary occupant of our guest room. As always, Franklin approved!



My Craft Room

I want to share with you one of my favorite rooms in my house. I am fortunate enough to have a spare room that I’ve been able make into my craft room. I was also fortunate enough to have my husband help me with moving in some of the larger furniture and mounting the shelves.

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Here’s the view looking into the room. My desk is a small dining room table I got for $20 at Goodwill my freshman year of college. I painted it white about six years ago and it has served me well ever since! The shelves above it were my latest installation, and not at all easy to hang. But, very handy to have. The white cabinet and cubby shelf are both Closetmaid that I picked up from Fred Meyer during seasonal sales. Watch for these sales; you can get them almost half off!

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Looking back at the door, you can seem my fuzzy friend, Franklin. My craft room also doubles as his room. This is where he stays while I am at work. Above him is my planning whiteboard that I picked up for free from an office going-out-of business sale. It is where I do all my brainstorming for my Beachbody business. To the left, another free snag, the wire rack I use to hang my various necklaces, bracelets and earrings that I have made.

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Below the jewelry display is another cubby shelf that hold all sorts of goodies. From right to left, I have beads, beads, beading supplies, beading books, fly tying books (yep, another hobby) and my camera and supplies. The top has more beading supplies, and the shelves above that, more beading. Did I mention, I love beading?

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I LOVE beading! Here is part of my collection. Most of the bead boxes are “borrowed” from my husband or collected from the local fishing stores. So handy and SO much cheaper than buying the same thing from a craft store.

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All my running bibs have provided a great wallpaper edge for my office. The patio lights have added some great light to the room!

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Another look at the opposite corner. My cabinet is full of my paper crafting supplies, scrapbooking, card making, etc. My other fuzzy child, Butters, is always so helpful when I’m crafting. The cubby shelf on this side of the room has all my knitting supplies and yarn. I have to keep it all inside the soft boxes, because both the cat and dog will eat it. Yarn poo…

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The big closet holds all sorts of activities! I’ll admit, it is not the cleanest. It holds my painting and canvases, fly tying supplies, and yet another cubby shelf that holds all my sewing.

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I like to keep my thread organized by color. Don’t judge. I like rainbows. The surger in the back was another garage sale steal! The slack hangers make a great fabric organizer.

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Okay, back to the other side of the room, and Mr. Franklin. Well, look at that, ANOTHER cubby shelf. Only this one is adorable. My Cricut paper cutter and Cuttlebug live on the top shelf, along with all my crafting dies. The lower shelf is all dedicated to Beachbody, just like the whiteboard. I get to spend many days here on my laptop, with Franklin helping. I also use the desk for beading, fly tying, photography, painting, sewing, knitting, and crafting! Ah, bliss!

Reusable Bag Storage

I think we can safely say, we are in the era of the reusable shopping bag. Especially in Portland, where there is a plastic bag ban, and some stores charge for paper! Grocery stores, pet stores, clothing stores, book stores – they all have their own reusable bag. Have you been to Powell’s City of Books on Burnside? There’s a wall, a freaking WALL, of adorable reusable bags.

I can’t get enough of them.

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Clearly, my husband knows it, because he got me this perfect reusable shopping bag for Christmas. He got a friend to help him figure out Pinterest, and found this on my board. Sorry, ladies, he’s mine.

Anyway, my collection of reusable shopping bags has grown, and I probably only remember to take my bags to the store 50% of the time. So, I’m always buying more. With bags in the car, my briefcase, and the pantry, I started to realize quickly that I needed a better storage method than to just toss them in the panty. They were starting to encroach on my sweet potatoes.

I realized I was wasting a lot of space on my pantry door. A lot. The space between the door and the shelves when the door is closed is probably about 8 inches. Perfect. I had my idea.

All I needed was a piece of wood, about 1″ x 1/2″ x 2′, paint, 1″ metal brackets, screws and binder clips.

I was so excited about my storage idea, that I didn’t take pictures until I was almost done. Regardless, here’s basically how it went:

1.) Sand the board lightly
2.) Paint the board
3.) Measure about an inch in from each side for your big screws
4.) Drill the holes for your screws all the way through
5.) Measure to your desired distance for three binder clips – the center clip will hold the end of the bags attached to the outer clip
6.) Place your binder clips at the very edge of the board and place the brackets on top of the clip handle to draw your holes
7.) Drill the holes
8.) Screw the binder clips in

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You’ve basically done it at this point! Now you just need to mount it.

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Be aware, a lot of interior doors are hollow, so you probably want to pre-drill your door as well.

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Mount that sucker to your door and enjoy your reusable bag organization.

All it needs now is a nice bag with the St. John’s bridge on it.