I have a tiny bathroom with barely any counter (or storage) space, so it gets messy pretty fast. I was regularly spending 20 minutes on clean up after I showered or did my hair! (Serial – It was like teenage mayhem in there and I’m in my 30’s, people!) I desperately needed a solution to keep
girl clutter necessities to a minimum in terms of mess. I created hanging magnetic jars to address the problem.
Wanna get you some to rescue your space from clutter? Thought you might. Read on:
Prep Work: Before you begin, measure the width and the depth of the underside of your cabinet. Use need these numbers to make sure you buy project supplies that fit your available space.
- Jars with metal lids
I used 8oz glass mason jars. Old jelly jars would even work if you want to upcycle.
- Industrial strength glue or epoxy*
Don’t bother with brittle super glues, go with industrial acrylic or silicone based adhesives.
- Industrial strength Magnets
I used 1″ Neodymium Rare Earth magnets.
- Mending Plates
I used 6″ mending plates. Look in your home improvement store’s hardware aisle.
- Printed Felt or cardboard (optional)
- Paint Pen, Marker or custom stickers of your choice to label your jars. (optional)
* You can glue the lids right to the cabinet or underside of any shelf if you are not concerned with the permanence. I, myself, have commitment issues. Plus the damned jars were so hard to find I want to take them with me if I ever (Dad, Steve, cover your ears) decided to move. If your cabinet is deep you can skip the glue and use screws for your plates.
- Glue the mending plates to the underside of your cabinet. I used 6″ mending plates and construction adhesive.
- Remove any labels from your jars.
- Glue your Magnets to the underside of your lids.
- Trace the outline of your lids onto the felt with a chalk pencil. Cut out the circles. Next, glue the circles inside the lids to cover the magnets.
- Label your jars. I used paint pens but you could also use labels.
- Fill up your jars.
- Attach your jars to the metal bars.
- Behold your awesome project.
Be carefully crafty, though, ok? Make sure that you buy strong enough magnets and that you use the right glue. You don’t want the jars falling off and shattering or chipping your sink! I weighed my jars before I bought the magnets and my heaviest one was a 1/2 lb after I filled it up. Choose magnets with an appropriate pull force for your project – you can find that info on K&J.
Price: My personal project cost was $8.12 per jar. I think that is a good price for a customized solution, don’t you?
[8 magnets = $20.58, 4 plates = $7.92, 4 jars = $3.98 (with 50% off coupon). I already had adhesive, paint pens, felt and the items to fill the jars.]
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Stay crafty my friends,