Happy New Year! I hope your 2016 is off to a great start! As promised, I am sharing my DIY Mason Jar Toothbrush Holder with you. If you haven’t had a chance to see the full “Kids’ Bathroom Reveal” yet, you can hop on over and see it HERE. To be completely fair, this idea is all over Pinterest, but each person seems to put their own twist on the idea; here’s mine…
Here’s What You’ll Need
- Piece of wood, cut to a length and width of your choosing
- Mason Jars- I used 3, one for each child, but adjust to your needs
- Clamps- One for each mason jar
- D Rings
- Paint or Stain- optional
- Sandpaper- optional
- Wax Paper- optional
Paint and Distress (Optional)
I was lucky enough to have a scrape piece of wood out in the garage, so I grabbed that and my hubby cut it to size.
I chose to paint mine white and distress it with a little sandpaper. If you chose to distress your wood, wait until the paint dries and rub sandpaper in various spots on the front and sides.
Image Transfer (Optional)
I also chose to add wording to the wood with an image transfer technique using wax paper. This was not the easiest step; as in, I jammed my printer with wax paper and it was out of commission for about 30-45 minutes while my husband and I tried to get the little scrap out. So let me share what finally ended up working for us (and what didn’t).
I started by creating the word “Brush” in a font I liked in PicMonkey. Then I printed a mirror image onto the wax paper. I knew the wax paper was too fine to go through the printer on its own, so I taped it to a piece of regular computer paper. The problem was that the printer was struggling to grab the slippery wax paper, and it would tear and crumple up. What finally worked for us was to cut the wax paper down to the size of the image and tape it to the computer paper, leaving the sides of the computer paper alone so the printer could grab it. (See image below):
Make sure you do not add tape where the image is to go because the ink smudges. Also make sure not to touch the ink on the wax paper because, well, it smudges. Once you’ve get your image printed off, turn it ink side down onto the wood and tape it in place. Using a blunt object (I used the back of a rounded pen), rub over the image and the ink will transfer onto the wood.
Add the D Rings & Clamps
Before you add your clamps, you want to add D Rings (like I did with the “Window to Towel Rack”) to the back of your wood so you can hang it on the wall.
You would think that screwing a few clamps into the wood would be easy: Grab a drill and screw. Right? Wrong! These clamps are serious business and do not puncture easily. We finally discovered that you have to create a hole in the clamp using a drill bit first… and this is no easy task. You need to put some real work into it!. Once you have the hole, use your drill to adhere the clamp to the wood with a screw. Remember to measure and evenly space out your clamps.
There are lips on the mason jars, so the lip can rest on the clamp. Simply tighten the clamp around the jar using a screwdriver.
Now you can hang it on the wall and add toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss, etc. to the jars.
I hope you all enjoy the remainder of your weekend!
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