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DIY: Mason Jar Storage

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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DIY Nautical Nursery: Storage Bucket

I found an ugly green flower pot in the storage shed when we moved into our home last summer.  It’s been sitting there for the better part of a year because I can’t grow things.  That would require way too much effort on my part.

Well, I’m growing a baby.  But that doesn’t count.  It’s still on autopilot at this point.

Clutterdogs just love to weasel their way into photos every now and then.  They’re so nosey.

I decided to give it two coats of blue spray paint so that it would better match our DIY Nautical Nursery decor.  My paint is blue and dries kind of glossy.  I wish I could give better details.  In case it’s not obvious, I am not getting paid to endorse this spray paint.  I can’t even read the can.

Your guess is as good as mine.

It took two coats for it too look kind of even (and “kind of” is good enough for Clutterhome!).  Little bugs kept crawling into the wet paint, which made me sad.  I had to pluck one fellow off with tweezers after everything was dry.

Our nursery is actually a Steamboat Willie theme that we’re accenting with nautical flair.  This particular item is pretty Mickey-rific, but you could customize it with any kind of image you prefer.  I simply printed it on computer paper and cut it out.

The ModPodged it to my flower pot.

I stuck on some Scrabble letters for good measure, but I haven’t decided if they’re going to stay or I’m going to pick them off.

While everything was drying, I used some fabric leftover from our no-sew nautical curtains and created a fabric tube.  I didn’t sew it; I cheated and used iron-on no-sew hem tape.  Same thing, but more efficient lazier and uncrafty.

I used this as a lining for my “storage bucket.”  What do you think?  I’m not loving how the Scrabble personalization turned out, so I might remove the pieces and use them elsewhere in our Nautical Nursery.

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DIY: Nautical Nursery No-sew Crib Skirt

If you Google Nautical Nursery, you’ll likely find a lot of really adorable decor.  Most of it will have sailboats included somewhere.

We hate sailing.  A lot.

Consequently, our nursery decorations have been mostly DIY, but we are SO not DIY people.  No one here at Clutterhome can sew.  Or paint.  Or make cute crafts.  The Good Lord did bless us with pretty decent math skillz, though, so I guess that makes up for it.  Hopefully it’s a dominant trait and Clutterbaby will come out of the womb and immediatly reach for an abacus.

Sorry for the tangent.  Anyway, you can see in the above picture that our awesome Ikea Gulliver crib is pretty basic.  We were going for functionality, safety, and portability so it’s not very ornate.

And we like it like that.

But I don’t like that you can see under the crib.  I wanted to make a crib skirt to go with our Nautical Nursery theme, so I found this fun fabric on eBay.

And then I found this AMAZING tutorial on YoungHouseLove for a no-sew crib skirt.  I had to tweak Sherry’s instructions a bit because of the design of our crib, so mine is actually 3 separate pieces for each side of the crib, instead of one long one that wraps around the inside crib perimeter.

But first things first, you have to iron the fabric.  I’m including this because, as y’all know, I hate ironing.  I want my bratty Clutterson-of-the-future to know JUST HOW MUCH his Mama sacrificed for his benefit.

I really, REALLY hate ironing.

I’m clumsy and bad at cutting straight lines, and ironing a straight crease in my fabric was difficult.  I took the slacker, uncrafty way and marked it with masking tape.  Yup, I just stuck it all over the fabric where I wanted a sharp crease for my no-sew hem tape.

I slapped that puppy on my ironing board, folded the fabric over it, and ironed right on over the tape.  It didn’t melt, and I had myself a nice, mostly-straight crease.

Check out Sherry’s tutorial for making your crib skirt panel with the no-sew hem tape.  When you’re done, you end up with this.

Sherry attached her 3 panels together.  Mine are all separate because my crib design won’t allow for one long skirt, but they’re still attached to the crib in a similar way under my mattress.

By “similar” I mean they’re taped in place until I get some velcro.
Undomestic:  I own it.

Actually, it’s not going over there.  It’s going against another wall because I am crrrrazy and afraid our A/C and heater will fall off the wall in an earthquake and hurt the Clutterbaby’s pretty face.  Safety first!

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DIY Nautical Nursery: No-sew Curtains

So, here’s a confession.  I have never, ever purchased curtains.  We don’t have any in our house, and in my 9+ years of not living with my parents I never have.  I’ll Clutter my home up with all kinds of messy goodness, but curtains?  That’s a little high-falootin’ for us!

But the Clutterbaby’s nursery was looking a little bare.

Oh, oops. I missed a spot while painting. Like an entire wall. Easy to fix, though,

So I'm not the best painter in the world. My baby won't mind, so I'm cool with it.

We’re doing a Nautical theme to coordinate with our DIY nautical art (found here).  Truth be told, it’s a Disney’s Steamboat Willie theme but that’s a topic for another day.  I found these awesome curtains at Ikea for roughly $25, and I snagged the cheapest curtain rod I could find for a grand total of $32 per window.  That’s a lot for me, folks.

They’re not nautical signal flags, but they coordinate beautifully without being too in-your-face matchy matchy. I pulled them out of the package and . . .

Tripping hazards are not a good thing.

Luckily, Ikea includes some no-sew, iron-on hem tape.  I had some left over from my crib skirt I made (tutorial coming soon!), but I didn’t even have to use it since it was included in the package.  Neat!  Ikea speaks my uncrafty language.

I decided I wanted them 72″ long and marked that spot on both sides with tape, because I’m fancy like that.  I folded it up, pinned it, and shoved some iron-on hem tape in there and pressed it.  I figured I might as well iron the whole darn thing while I was at it.  That is so out of character for me.  It must be the pregnancy brain.  Next time, I’ll throw them in the dryer on touch up with a wet wash cloth.  That’s more my style.

These pins came off of one of Clutterhusband's new dress shirts. One day I might invest in actual straight pins (but probably not).

Much better!  Except . . .

Oh, hey! Nice paint streak on the carpet, Erika . . .

I will never be one of those neat, tidy people who can do things without spilling paint or breaking bones.  But Lady Gaga told me that God makes no mistakes, so it must be true.

Nothing a little $20 rug (also Ikea) can't fix!

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