I’ve always had an affinity for using mason jars for storage solutions. There were always plenty of mason jars around while I was growing up and they are wonderfully useful!

I’ve been re-doing our school room this summer, and I wanted to figure out a way to use some mason jars for organizing school supplies. I’ve always grabbed a jar or mug to hold various pens, pencils, markers, etc. The cute mason jar caddy and crate options that I found online were on the pricy side, and not quite what I was looking for. I found a few blog posts from people who had put together their own solution, and decided to try it myself.

The supplies came from Walmart and the local hardware store.

  • Wooden Crate
  • Pint Mason Jars
  • White Acrylic Paint
  • Sea Glass Spray Paint

I picked up the crate and the jars at the same store to make sure that I could comfortably fit four jars in the crate. Once I got home, I removed the lids from the jars and spray painted them with the sea glass spray paint. Since I have a sort of “ocean” vibe going on in our school room, the sea glass look appealed to me. I did a few thin coats, and I quite like how they turned out. I don’t know that you could wash the jars without some of the finish coming off, but since these will only be for storing school supplies, it wasn’t an issue for me.

I borrowed a small paintbrush from the kids’ are supplies and put two coats of the white acrylic on the crate. It still looks a bit uneven, but I’m calling it a “weathered” finish. (It will definitely look weathered by next summer!) Then everything dried overnight.

I grabbed markers, pencils, and twistable colored pencils to store in this particular crate. I’ll definitely be making a second one though! Who knew how much room all of those school supplies took up?

What sorts of neat uses do you have for mason jars? Be sure to let me know in the comments!