A recycled jar “carrier” can be used for so many things. I like the idea of silverware and napkins for a buffet, but it could hold candies, craft items, office supplies and more. This is also a good project to do with kids since you can have most of the cutting done at your local home center store when you purchase the materials. Speaking of materials, here’s what you’ll need:
- 4 same sized jars (mine were recycled from pasta sauce)
- Craft wood:
- 1 @ 3/8” x 6” x 24” – cut to 1 @ 8” long
- 1 @ 3/8” x 3” x 24” – cut to 1 @ 8” long
- 2 @ ½” x 4” x 24” – cut to 2 @ 8” long and 4@ 7” long
- Craft finial – medium sized
- Gorilla glue
- Finish nails
- Wood screws
- Palm sander with 22o grit sand paper
- Latex paint of your choice
- Water based polyurethane – matte finish
- Drill and bits
*The dimensions used here are perfect for the jars I used which measure 3” in diameter and are 41/2” tall.
*I selected the craft wood I wanted at the home center store and then I had them cut it down to size for me there.
*When I got home, I sanded all the edges and rough ends so I didn’t get a sliver while building.
1. Sand all the pieces making sure to soften all edges and clean up the rough ends, then tack off with a tack cloth or damp towel.
2. Gather the two ½” x4x8 pieces and two ½”x4x7 pieces. The four pieces will make the sides of the 8” square box. Using wood glue and finish nails, attach two 7” pieces to the inside edges of one of the 8” pieces creating a “U” shape. Add the second 8” piece to the opposite side and you will have an 8” square. Wipe off any excess glue with a damp towel.
3. Glue together the 3/8”x6x8 and the 3/8”x3x8 along their edges to create a bottom for the box that measures 8” square. (Keep in mind that the 6” is really only 5 ½” and the 3” is really only 2 ½” – so regardless of how it sounds, 6 + 3 equals 8 in this case!) Wipe off any excess glue.
5. To make the dividers, grab the remaining two 7” long pieces and cut ½” slots halfway through the width (1 ¾”) centered on each piece. This will allow the two to marry and create the dividers inside the box. (I made these so tight I didn’t need to glue them and I can’t get them apart!)
6. Now paint the pieces, including the craft final in the color of your choice. When the piece is dry, use the sander to rough up the paint a bit so it looks like you’ve used your jar carrier for years! Go over the pieces with a matte finish, water based polyurethane to protect the finish.
7. Screw the craft finial into the center of the dividers where they meet. It would be wise to drill a pilot hole to keep the wood from splitting.
8. Insert the dividers into the box and if they don’t fit very tightly, use wood screws to keep it in place screwing up from the bottom into the dividers. Drilling pilot holes for this would make sense as well. Mine was so tight I didn’t need to do this either.
9. Make sure all of the screws on the bottom of the box are countersunk and add rubber nibs to the four corners of the box so it doesn’t scratch up your furniture.
I just want you to know that I truly did build this by myself without any help from Matt and because of that I am extremely proud of it – and you should be proud of yours too!