How to make a hanging jar shed organiser

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How to make a hanging jar shed organiser

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Say goodbye to a messy jumble of screws, nails and other loose bits! Turn old jam jars into a handy tool shed organiser that’s as good-looking as it is useful.

Tools and materials

Carpenters Pencil

Drill Bit Set

Drill Driver Bit




Mason Jars

Measuring Tape

Power Drill

Timber Screws

Timber Shelf

Timber Shelf End Brackets

Wood Screws

Hanging Jar shed organiser

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.

Hanging Jar shed organiser

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.

Hanging Jar shed organiser

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.

Hanging Jar shed organiser

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.

Hanging Jar shed organiser

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.

Hanging Jar shed organiser

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.

Hanging Jar shed organiser

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!

Hanging Jar shed organiser

8. Admire your handiwork

How easy was that? Everything is securely stored and ready for use.

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Health & Safety

Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page.

When following our advice in our DIY videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member

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