I have been spending a lot of time recently in my office and at my desk. Between finishing up my degree online and putting time into the blog I sit at my desk at least a few hours a day. Because of this it has given me a lot of time to think about ways I could make this space more organized and more me.
One of the things that came to mind was to get some cut pen holders. This way I will have easier access to my pens and pencils. Also it would help bring some color and life to my desk. After looking online for some holders I ended up adding some to my online cart, even bought them but as I was grabbing a glass of water late that night another idea came to mind.
I decided to DIY my own pen holders out of some of the mason jars we have lying around, we have a lot. This way I could choose the exact colors I wanted to add to my space, I could add in a little bit of a farmhouse style and I could save money!
- Mason Jars (I used some of the small mason jars because I wanted to be able to easily see my pens sticking out of the top of them)
- Crafting Paint in the Color of your Choosing
- Paint Brush
How to make your DIY mason jar pen holders:
- Give each of the mason jars you are going to be using one coat of paint. Then let them dry. I had ended up putting them on a paper towel to dry, I would not recommend this because the paper towels got stuck to the bottom once the paint dried. I would recommend instead putting them on a paper plate or some scrap wood.
- Once the mason jars are dry give them another coat with the same color. Let them dry.
- Now give them all one more coat of paint. For this coat of paint I dabbed the paint on because when I tried swiping the paint on, it started peeling the previous coats off. I thought the technique of dabbing would leave the dried paint with bubbles in it but that did not end up happening.
- Once the mason jars are dry for a final time they should be ready to be placed on your desk and be a new, organized and more colorful way of holding your pens!
The above picture helps illustrate the difference each coat makes.
When painting the mason jars after each of the first two coats I was very skeptical that it was going to turn out the way I had wanted because of how much paint seemed to be missing from the jars. But nonetheless it turned out to work perfectly with just the three coats!
Make sure to tag me in the pictures of your mason jar pen holders and let me know what kind of special touches you added!