If you’re like me and have no bath side space and hate big clumsy bottles clogging-up what little space you do have, then you’ll adore this.
DIY Bath Caddy & Mason Jar Storage
Is your bathroom a little on the small side? Does it deserve a touch of luxury? Do you wish you could achieve this without breaking the bank? Well this easy-peasy bath caddy tutorial will allow you to do this for a fraction of the price of what it looks!
All you need to create your own caddy and chic pampering storage is:
- Mason jars, any size, any style
- Assorted door knobs
- Silver spray paint
- A drill (or means to make a hole through your jar lid)
- A ruler
- A protractor
- A screwdriver
- Measuring tape
- Wood stain and brush
- A plank of wood (I used treated mdf that was meant to be for a shelf)
- Hot glue gun
- A saw
- A pencil/pen
I decided to make my upcycled mason jars first.
I drilled holes in the center of the lids which, by all means, do by eye if you prefer, however, I wanted to make sure mine were bang in the middle so I took this approach...
I drew 3 lines across the edge of each lid - it literally doesn’t matter where they go as long as they are spaced out nicely. I found the center of each line and marked it with a dot. I then measured 90 degrees to each line at the point where I marked each dot and drew perpendicular lines. Each of those 3 perpendicular lines should meet at one point on your lid and this is the center. I then drilled a hole there.
Do this for each lid.
Most mason jars have writing on the lids so I sprayed over the writing with silver spray paint.
Depending on which knobs you bought, you might want to spray your lids a different colour, maybe gold or rose gold, or a colour that would tie your bathroom together. I kept mine silver as the handles and fittings elsewhere in my bathroom are also silver.
Take your knobs and screw them into your mason jar lids. Take care not to scratch your spray paint - I learnt this the hard way.
My screws didn’t screw in all the way as the knobs were made for drawers which was a little annoying but you can’t tell once they are back on your jars. I also put a healthy dollop of hot glue around the screw on the inside of the lid so that the knob didn’t wobble around.
Now onto the actual caddy bit.
Measure the width of your bath and cut your wood to size. I wanted a bit of an overhang on my caddy so that it couldn’t slip off the edge of the bath into the water - I’m not the most co-ordinated individual and could see myself knocking into it a few times.
Saw the wood to your desired length, preferably with a larger saw than mine as it took me approximately 93 years and lots of sweat to cut through.
Then just sand down all your edges so that you have a nice smooth finish.
Give your wood a few coats of wood stain or until you like the colour. I quite liked that my wood started out white as I was able to create a bit of a grained affect with my brush by wiggling the bristles along the paint once it was semi-dried. You probably wont need to worry about this if you buy wood with a grain in the first place, but I was cheap and bought a shelf.
Don’t worry about doing the underside if you don’t want to as no one will see this. Save your paint!
Next, there’s a bit of boring precision stuff to talk about. Tweak this if you would prefer your handles to sit differently to mine but this is what I did:
I measured 2 inches from the bottom and top edge of my caddy and drew straight lines across for my handles to sit on.
To find where the holes for my handles should go on these lines, I measured how wide my caddy was (19.8cm) and then measure the distance between the 2 holes of the handles (6.5cm) and then did the following sum to work out how long the gap on either side of each handle should be and made marks for drilling.
(19.8 - 6.5)/2 = 6.65cm
I hope that makes sense!!!
After my maths lesson, I then drilled holes and attached my handles. I then tightened them up with my screwdriver.
I then added hot glue on top of the screws so that they wouldn’t scratch my bath sides. I also added hot glue to the bottom and side edge of the end of the caddy that would be butted up against the wall so that it wouldn’t damage my tiles or paint and also so that it would grip to the bath edge and not slide around.
All that’s left to do is to add your favourite pampering products to your mason jars and dress your caddy with flowers, candles, or whatever makes your smile!
I hope this has inspired you to add a little diy glamour to your own bathrooms. It really does make a huge difference for very little effort and cost. All my guests think my caddy is store bought (in a good way) and it’s such a rewarding feeling to tell them that it’s homemade.
Give it a go and please be sure to share your creations in the comments below!
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Happy crafting! x