Sunday, 11 September 2011

goob's room - upcycled jar hair station

may i present - the upcycled jar hair station.....

goob wears hair ties, ribbons and hair clips almost every day.
she needed a place to try to keep them contained and under control.
with all the examples of re-used glass jars floating around pinterest - i came up with this.

here's a little of the process involved with getting to this finished product - i haven't got pics of everything (there was also a little trial and error with finishes etc) - but hopefully you'll get the idea.

supplies needed:

various shaped clean glass jars
off cut of wood (cut to the size you wish to fit your amount of jars)
various cabinet door knobs (most of mine we already had - the crystal look knobs i picked up recently from a gift store)
ruler and pencil
electric drill
fabric to cover your wood (with overhang on all sides)
mod podge (either the real stuff or make your own - recipe here)
small paint brush
sharp craft knife
hooks to attach to the rear of the board
hooks to hang on the wall
ribbons, hair ties and clips

above: position your jars to work out placement - measure and drill holes.

above: check your holes with the knobs and countersink at rear if needed.

above: two of our knobs required countersinking as they had little nuts at the end to secure - the others had a flat screw that lay flat. (my husband had a counter-sinking gadget for his drill)

note:  we also had to saw off a couple of the screws to make the right length - check this during this step. thankfully handy-dandy mr w. was on hand to help with all of this - i just wanted to get on with things - thank goodness he's a patient and uber helpful man!!!

above: grab your mod podge or glue - paint it on - then smooth out the fabric over the glue (make sure you leave an overhang on each side to cover sides of board).

above - using more mod podge/glue - cover sides of board - gently stretching fabric and gluing as you go.

above: once board is all covered - wait to dry - then mod podge over the top of the fabric. (i ended up doing two coats).

note: if i did this again - i'd be more careful how i placed the fabric - as the patterned fabric i used got a little twisted and pulled out of alignment. luckily i don't have to see this much as it's in goob's room - but it would be something that would drive me nuts if i had to see it everyday!!!

note 2: i might also pre-paint the board underneath (white?) as this fabric was not very thick - and the finish wasn't as crisp as i would have liked. hindsight and all!!!!!

above: once all glue is dry - press along board with your finger to find the pre-drilled holes - then use your craft knife to make a small hole in the fabric.
then ease through the knob hardware and screw the knobs into place.

above: is the finished board - although we ended up taking the brass-look knobs off again - and spray painted them with two coats of silver. it was something goob requested as she didn't like the brass look in her room.

here you would also add on your hanging hardware to the rear of the board - and add your hooks to the wall. (i didn't take photos of that part!!)

above: next you wire up your jars.
i spent quite some time working out what was best for us. above - this wire worked out to be too thick for this job (i've now used that jar for hanging flowers in my kitchen!) - it was hard to twist - and the ends could have been a scratching hazard for goob as they were hard to bend in. it's a personal choice.

here's a great picture tutorial for adding wire to jars that i found - do what feels right for you.

i've also seen jars on boards which are more fixed - see here - however i thought that being able to take the jars off to empty them or dig around in them was more useful for this application. fixed jars would perhaps be something i'd use in a bathroom - where hard tiled floors could be a problem with smashing glass jars if an accident were to happen.

it's all a personal preference!

below and following are pics of the finished hair station - showing the thinner wire i ended up using. nice and lightweight for this application - and the wires aren't too dangerous for the kids.

we're really happy with the end result - and already the hair things seem to find their way back from around the house to here a little better than previously!!!

here's the wide shot of goob's dressing table once more.......

and below is a list of items in this pic i've already blogged about......

1. simple turquoise bunting
2. tissue paper flowers
3. upcycled door to mirror
4. upgraded lamp

hope you've liked this latest addition......

loads more to come.....hopefully soon!! (it takes time to take and upload all the pics - but i hope it helps to explain the process a little better - i'm a visual girl - so it's what works for me!!!)

have a great day.
cheryl xox.

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  1. Love this idea Cheryl, and might be adopting it for my daughter. A great way to keep hair accessories neat, and attractive too. Thanks for sharing.


  2. That is so gorgeous!!! Well done, she must love it! xx

  3. That is FREAKIN' AWESOME!! What a great idea :)

  4. I love how the jars can be moved around too.

  5. This is brilliant! I have so many jars around the house it would be good to find something to do with them. You are so clever!

    Best wishes,

  6. Just darling! i love that you used different knobs! xoox

  7. Genius and adorable. I may steal this for my craft room. I'd love for you to link up to my linky party.

  8. So pretty!! Would LOVE it if you would share this project at my turquoise lovin' party going on right now!! Looks like you have more turquoise projects too!!

  9. What a cute hair station! (Plus, a great tutorial!) I love the fabric you used to cover the board, as well as the knobs. The whole area is gorgeous.

  10. this is such a great idea, and so cute! i love the color!

    i would love for you to come link up this or any other amazing project at my creativity party going on right now!

    thanks so much for sharing!

  11. What a great idea. I love the upcycled jars and knobs. I would be thrilled if you shared this project on my Inspiration Board {link party}. I know my readers would really enjoy it.
    Thanks for the inspiration.
    carolyn | homework

  12. Love this! I'm doing it.

    Kelli @

  13. This is so cute and an idea that can be used for organization in any room! I love versatile tutorials. Thank you so much for sharing! I would love for you to link your project up at my Freshmen Friday party at

    I am a new follower!

  14. Perfect, ilove tghe old knobs with the funky, contemporary paper.

  15. cute idea. i love the mismatched knobs.

  16. This is absolutely genius! And, it looks great hanging under the mirror. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  17. Lovely photos! I really like your hair station and featured it at Storage Geek with full credit and link back. You have a lovely blog here!

  18. Awwwe....the whole set up is darling! Great job!!

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  20. Just used this idea as an allowance station for my kiddos. Thanks for the idea:

  21. That would work great for me for my keys. I always miss place my keys and I do put them in a small bowl but it didn't attract the eyes enough. This would be great for me because it would all be in one spot and the big glass jars stand out. Thanks you for this idea. This will help me.

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