Confession: this project was so ridiculously easy I’m almost embarrassed to call it a “tutorial.”
Backstory: Our kitchen is laid out TERRIBLY and we only have two very tiny drawers. So tiny that a silverware organizer won’t fit in there. After lots of unsuccessful PInteresting, I realized that the easiest and most cost-effective way for us to organize our silver was to use mason jars! (I will never get tired of mason jars…don’t judge me!)
The problem: My ears. Y’all are going to think I’m so crazy but I literally can’t handle the sound of silverware against glass/plates/each other. I always DREADED having to help my mom empty the dishwasher growing up because the sound of putting away the silverware gave me chills. Actually, who am I kidding, I still hate it.
The solution: craft foam.
Initially, my plan was to glue felt on the inside of the mason jars and then spray paint them. Well, after my Edward Scissorhands costume (teaser alert) I had a lot of craft foam left and realized that I could use that instead to buffer the glass to silverware noise (you guys, I am SO CRAZY). Also it’s thicker than felt so it probably does the job better anyway.
Here’s the step-by-step process.
1. Spray paint the mason jars. Yes, they’re going to chip and scratch later but then I can just spray paint them again or buy new mason jars because they’re literally like a dollar a piece and I’m probably going to get tired of how they look soon anyway. Or I can “distress” them and say they’re supposed to look that way. Just make sure to do lots of really light coats so it doesn’t drip!
2. Cut the foam – you need a circle to go on the bottom and then a strip to go around the side. Super easy. I didn’t even bother measuring, I just eyeballed it and trimmed them down as needed.
3. Put the foam inside. I didn’t even glue it, you guys. I figure that way if something gross gets inside I can just take the foam out and wipe out the jar. Also: lazy.
That’s it. That’s the whole tutorial. Spraypaint, cut some foam, put it in the jar. Now I know sometimes spraypaint can come off onto other surfaces so I don’t recommend keeping these bad boys on your kitchen table unless you put something on the bottom of the jars. But that’s on you – this is a three step maximum tutorial.
Did I mention how cheap these were? Mason jars – $3.75, Spray paint – $5, Foam – $.89. Less than ten dollars and super easy DIY project? Yes please.
So now I have these precious silverware holders! It’s so convenient and looks a whole lot prettier sitting on the counter/table than the giant silverware organizer that’s been sitting out for the last six months (oops). I also like that if we have people over, the silverware is already out and ready to grab.
Anyone do on any cool projects this weekend?! I want to hear about them!