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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.


1Gather your tools and materials

Below are all of the tools and materials you'll need to complete this project.

2Figure 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.

3Drill 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.

4Mark 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.

5Drill 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.

6Screw 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.

7Fix 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.

8Fill 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!

9Admire 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 D.I.Y. 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.