By the amount of mason jars I have laying around the house, one would think I am either totally into canning or am going to give homesteading a try. The truth is that I have a lot of friends who excel at canning. (I don’t. I’ll happily eat whatever is in the mason jar, but for me to can something myself redefines “hot mess.”)
I may have committed a total social faux pax by keeping all of these jars instead of returning them to their purchaser. In my defense, 1.) Names weren’t written on them 2.) I forget which ones go back to which friend (pretty soon I can blame that sort of thing on my age) 3.) They are really cool. I happily hoard them. But with all of the mason jars, I started to plan ways to incorporate them with my pallet and barn wood pieces.
Attaching them to the wood is not a difficult feat, once I discovered the right sized galvanized clip. Describing what I needed from the guys at Home Depot was the most challenging part of the whole project.
“It looks like a clamp, but it’s only half of one. I know it’s in the electrical aisle somewhere. Or plumbing. I saw it somewhere around there.”
“What’s it going to be used for, ma’am?”
“Um. Not pipes or electrical work.”
“What on earth are you doing?”
“Making something.” I was in a hurry, and had already drawn the guy a diagram on my hand. And there was no way to easily or quickly describe a reclaimed wood and mason jar wall sconce or a pallet towel rack. Do you ask all of your customers so many questions about odd things they buy?
The jars are held tightly in place with the clip and two screws. I put votive tea lights in the jars, but they could also hold flowers, keys, etc.
Best part is now I know what aisle to go to at Home Depot. I can walk in with a purpose. And stop drawing on my arm like a teenager…at least temporarily.