1. Figure out how many jars you will need
First things, first – figure out which sort of shelf you’ll need to suit your space. Depending on how long it is, you’ll require differing amounts of mason jars – figure out the amount before you get cracking. We chose a shelf that was 900mm long – it comfortably fit six jars spaced evenly along its length.
2. Drill the tops of your jars
You can use whatever type of jar you choose – we opted for jam jars, which we’d saved from recycling. Make sure all their lids are on, grab your drill and drill a hole roughly at the centre of each lid.
3. Mark out jar placement
Use a tape measure to measure out spacing, then evenly mark up where each jar will go using your pencil. Don’t forget to also measure the centre of the shelf to make sure all your jars are hanging evenly.
4. Drill your pilot holes
Before you get started on this step, a good trick is to grab some wooden spacers and place them underneath your shelf – this way you won’t end up accidentally drilling through to your bench. Grab your drill and drill pilot holes for each of your jars in the positions you marked – remember not to drill all the way through the shelf.
5. Screw your lids in
Remove the lids from each of your jars and line them up against the holes you have drilled. Making sure your screws are not too long, screw each of your lids in.
6. Fix your shelf to your wall
Always read the instructions for your shelf unit – each come with different brackets and attachments, so will require different installation techniques. For ours, we drilled pilot holes, then secured brackets with an Allen key. We then used a level to mark up where we wanted our shelf to hang. Next you’ll need to mark pilot holes in the wall, then drill your holes ready for the screws. Check you are using the correct screws for your surface before securely attaching.
7. Fill your jars
This is the fun bit! Fill your jars with all the things you need to securely stow away, then simply screw them into their lids (which are already attached to the shelf). Simple!
8. Admire your handiwork
How easy was that? Everything is securely stored and ready for use.
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