I have an odd fascination with Mason jars. I use them to store things like rice, chocolate chips, and dry pasta and keep them out on display in my kitchen. I just think they’re real purdy, that’s all. I came across this on Pinterest, originally from Weeping Cherries, and I was immediately struck with Mason jar envy.
The above Mason jar storage rack was made from wall molding, mason jars, and hose clamps.
Sounds easy enough, right? . . . but is it easy enough to be Erika proof? Since I have a tendency to ruin every DIY attempt, I was cautious but decided it was worth the $15 risk. After a trip to my local hardware store, I came home armed with 4 hose clamps and a piece of wood to mount everything to. Oh, and this crazy Japanese paint because it’s all I have access to since I live in Japan and all.
Interestingly enough, my hose clamps had MADE IN THE USA stamped on the side. I wouldn’t think that was interesting, except the packaging looked like this:
So I guess if you want products made in China, head to the USA. If you want products made in the USA then you should do your shopping at Japanese hardware stores.
I had taken several pictures of every step, because I know y’all love seeing pictures of me spray painting, measuring, and nailing. However, we had a little ClutterCamera incident this evening.
Can you spot the difference between the two people in these images below?
I’ll give you a hint . . . there is no difference! They’re both me! I have really bad luck around anything that involves computers and always break them, or catch them on fire, or just throw them across the room because I hate them and can’t work them. In retrospect, maybe I should have studied something practical that I could use in my everyday life. Like napping (though I did a whole lot of that in college, too).
So, long story short, I need a new camera memory card and I don’t have step-by-step pictures. Basically, I spray painted my wood frame, nailed the hose clamps onto the board, added the Mason jars, and then decided it looked funny and added a picture frame for good measure. I’ll eventually replace the picture with something adorable, like maybe a self-portrait or an awesome picture of the Clutterdogs. For now, it has random bathroom clutter in it (cotton balls, Q-Tips, and wash cloths) but eventually it’s going in our nursery to hold miscellaneous baby thingumabobs.
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