Monday, February 6, 2012

Beautiful and functional storage jars

I'm so excited to show you this project! It's so pretty, functional, inexpensive, and easy to make! I can't take full credit though, I saw the original idea on The Nate Berkus Show. I couldn't wait to make these myself. They're so pretty to look at and will help you organize all the tiny odds and ends throughout your home!

Here's what you'll need to do:

  • Save your empty sauce jars, clean them out and wash off the labels (If you find the jars have an odor, pour a little bit of vinegar in the jar, close the lid and let sit for several hours. Wash again and the odor will be completely gone.)
  • Sand down the lids to remove the words and pictures with fine grit sandpaper
  • Drill a small hole in the lid 
  • Screw in a knob 
  • Fill up your jar!

The tops will end up looking like antique metal:

I had the clear knob on hand from Audrey's nursery furniture makeover. I found the blue one at Michael's for two dollars.

Here they are on my kitchen counter!

Here's a few more things you could store in them:
  • Q-tips and cotton balls
  • Extra buttons 
  • Bath salts
  • Spare change
  • Small candies or snacks
  • Craft beads
  • Hair clips and accessories
  • Paper clips
The possibilities are endless!

I hope this inspires you to add some beautiful storage to your home! Do you think you'll try this project? Let me know in the comments!


  1. Love your jars! They are super cute! We're planning a master bathroom makeover and I feel like these jars would look pretty in there when we're done! Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. Thanks Kristen! I think these will be perfect in your new bathroom!

  3. I saw that episode and so wanted to make them! Yours turned out great :)

  4. This is a cute DIY - I love how vintage they turned out!

  5. Thanks Mary Ann! I'm glad you like it!:)

  6. Very cute! Def going on my 'To Do' list.

  7. I love this idea. You have such a wonderful blog! I stumbled upon it while looking up a diy bench cushion. Your home is lovely. Thanks for sharing all these great ideas.

  8. Aw thank you so much! I'm so glad you enjoy the blog!

  9. Love it love it love it. I have been saving every jar forever and who knew I could just sand the lids! Thank u! Came across your blog on Pinterest. If you get time, visit mine.

  10. I did this the day after I seen this on Pinterest!! I had JUST used a sauce jar and had to throw it in the dish washer!!

    Although, I have a an idea that I think would do great to eliminate the "worn" look of the lid if someone doesn't like it....Just paint over it! Or, take some chalk paint to it to write what is in it.

    Just a thought!!

    Thanks for the post!!

  11. i have a large pickle jar i am going to do this to.

  12. I love this idea, I've seen those glass knobs at Michaels, I need to pick some up tomorrow so I can make some of these! Thanks for sharing.

  13. I tried to post your grab button on my website and it doesn't take me to your site. Has anyone else every had that problem?

  14. Do you think that using a heavy duty glue such as apoxy or maybe gorilla glue would work?

    1. I swear by gorilla glue! I made those mason jar soap dispensers with gorilla glue a year ago, and there is absolutely no wear and tare on it (use it everyday too)

  15. I pinned it. I love it! Thanks for sharing!

  16. Will definitely use these, I have so many herbs in bags and don't want to buy containers. Now I can have pretty storage in my pantry. Thanks so much!

  17. This rocks. Great idea. Thanks so much.

  18. Yes i will make me some of these beautiful jars,thanks so first time here but i will be back !!!

  19. After you drill the holes how did you attach the doorknobs?

  20. @anonymous... There should be a nut on the screw part of your knob. Remove it and slip the screw through the hole you drilled. Put the nut on the end of the screw and tighten it up against the underside of the jar's lid. Hope that helps!

  21. Thanks for this idea. I always have odd old knobs around because they are great to decorate with. I think I will paint some lids with flat black paint.

  22. If you paint the lids, can you paint inside of them?

  23. Hi! Great Idea!!! I wanted to let you know you can write on these jars too. Use your hot glue gun and write whatever you want with it, let it dry and spray paint the outside of jars and their you go! you can see words cause the glue

  24. Muy bonito trabajo!! Nice work, I love it!


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