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I’m so excited to share with you my DIY mason jar wall storage tutorial, but before I get to that I hope you had a wonderful weekend! We had some pretty crazy storms here in Georgia which I still haven’t gotten used to – I rarely even saw lightning while we lived in California! I love thunderstorms but these seem to turn me into a scaredy-cat and I’m pretty sure a tree fell nearby while I was sleeping.

The thunder and cracking were so loud that I woke up and nearly jumped on Eric and freaked him out <– I’m lame I know. Well maybe someday I’ll get used to the storms but at least the rain was just another excuse to stay in and work on fun projects. I am doing another switch-a-roo this Makeover Monday, not that anyone would know unless they saw this sneak peek photo on my Facebook page this weekend:

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DIY Mason Jar Wall Storage

This project is being stored in my back pocket for a future Makeover Monday reveal because I was just too excited to share my mason jar storage tutorial using vintage yardsticks! I have recently been inspired by the projects below and was able to pick up some amazing vintage yardsticks last weekend at my new favorite store, which you can read about here. I have also been wanting to make a mason jar organizer for some time and decided that this would be the perfect blend. Because let’s face it, mason jars are awesome and yardsticks are awesome so why not put the two together.

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I love this yardstick table via Shabby Love, which was previously featured in my Friday Favorites

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These Yardstick Stair Risers on old crate stairs via Funky Junk Interiors have to be the coolest stair risers EVER!

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How adorable is this yardstick step stool via Domestic Imperfection?

Alrighty, so here are the materials you will need for your Mason Jar Organizer:

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Step 1:

Cut Your Wood to Size: We used Eastern White Pine and cut ours down to 36″ across {the size of one yardstick} by 5.75″ tall. You could always purchase wood from Home Depot or Lowes and have them cut it for you.

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Step 2:

Stain your wood – After reading about Domestic Imperfection’s stool project, I learned that if you don’t stain the edges of the wood, it will look unfinished. For this reason, I decided to stain the wood with some Mission Oaks stain that I had on hand. This stain actually already had polyurethane in it which was nice because I didn’t have to go back over it with a protective finish. I am impatient and since I started this project late at night, Eric wasn’t able to cut the wood before I stained it {the joys of apartment living}. So I stained the wood that night and then just had to go over the edges after he cut it the next day. However, you should probably just wait until your wood is cut to size and then stain it.

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Step 3:

Glue on your Vintage Yardsticks: I picked up our yardsticks from an antique/reclaimed wood store and cleaned them with mineral spirits. After the stain is dry, which usually takes a few hours {I let mine dry overnight}, you can place your yardsticks in the order you want them and glue those babies down! I used my favorite glue method, the glue gun, but you could use whatever you prefer.

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Step 4:

Stain the edges of the yardsticks and wood – My dad called while I was doing this, but I’m apparently a bad multi-tasker since I forgot to get photos of this step. Basically you just want to go over the unfinished wood as well as the edges of the yardsticks with a light coat of stain to create a more cohesive look. I now realize it may have been cool to even go over the yardsticks with the stain, but maybe I’ll try that on the next one…

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Step 5:

Apply a Protective Finish – I used Minwax Polycrylic {available here}, which I already had, because it doesn’t leave that yellowish tint that you sometimes get from Polyurethane. Since my stain had the protective finish already in it, I only applied a very thin layer of the Polycrylic to the yardsticks with a foam brush.

Step 6:

Decide on the layout of your jars as well as where you want the clamps to go – The Stainless Steel Clamps {#40} are available in the plumbing section of your local hardware store or here. You will want to measure and mark out the space you want between each jar as well as where you want the clamp to go. Do you want the clamps to hold the mason jars from the top or in the middle? I decided to put the clamp towards the top, just under the lip of the jar. {Side note: This size worked perfectly for the pint size mason jars, but if you want to use the quart size and have the clamp go around the middle you will need a larger size, like the Stainless Steel Clamp #56, available here}.

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 Step 7:

Mark your clamps where you would like to drill the hole – I wrapped the clamp around the mason jar to decide where I wanted it and then marked it where I would need to drill the hole. {Side note: It’s easier if you decide to drill the hole within one of the metal slots, rather than go through a full, metal section – see the photo in Step 9}

Step 8:

Pre-drill your hole into the metal clamp using a hammer and nail – Before drilling into the clamp, you will want to create a hole with a hammer and nail. This is to help create the hole in the metal clamp before you use the drill, which will make it A LOT easier.

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Step 9:

Drill your screws through the Metal Clamp – Now that you just made it easier on yourself by pre-drilling the hole, you can now drill a hole into the metal clamp. You will need one screw for each mason jar you attach to the wood. I can’t remember what size we used, but we went with some small,  flat head screws that were less than an inch long.

Step 10:

Screw your clamps into your Yardsticks/Wood – Now you get to screw the metal clamps into place on your wood using your drill, yay! In Step 6 you could have marked where you want them to go with a pencil, but since we are working with yardsticks I just wrote the measurements down on a piece of paper where I wanted the clamps to be screwed in. This is one of the benefits of working with yardsticks – it makes measurements so much easier! However, I am not going to lie, I am TERRIBLE at math so planning out the space between the jars was probably the longest task for me. Haha. I can only imagine how much longer it would have taken if I wasn’t working with yardsticks. We clamped the metal pipe clamps into place and then screwed them in.

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Looking for a creative storage solution? Check out how to create a mason jar wall storage using vintage yardsticks! UpcycledTreasures.com

Step 11:

Wrap the metal clamps around the mason jars – Finally the exciting part! You can now wrap the clamps around your mason jars and tighten them.

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Step 12:

Prepare to hang your mason jar wall storage – Attach {2} sawtooth hangers to the back of the wood so that you can hang your new, fantastical Mason Jar Organizer!

Step 13:

You’re done, yay!! Enjoy your one of a kind organizer and fill it with goodies like utensils, flowers, toiletries,  paintbrushes, crafting supplies, whatever your heart desires.

Here is my mason jar organizer all finished, woo-hoo!

Looking for a creative storage solution? Check out how to create a mason jar wall storage using vintage yardsticks! UpcycledTreasures.com

Looking for a creative storage solution? Check out how to create a mason jar wall storage using vintage yardsticks! UpcycledTreasures.com

Looking for a creative storage solution? Check out how to create a mason jar wall storage using vintage yardsticks! UpcycledTreasures.com

Looking for a creative storage solution? Check out how to create a mason jar wall storage using vintage yardsticks! UpcycledTreasures.com
Looking for a creative storage solution? Check out how to create a mason jar wall storage using vintage yardsticks! UpcycledTreasures.com

Looking for a creative storage solution? Check out how to create a mason jar wall storage using vintage yardsticks! UpcycledTreasures.com

Have you worked on any yardstick projects lately? Feel free to leave any questions or comments below, and thanks for stopping by!