Who doesn’t have scrap wood scattered all through their garage?? I swear I think each little scrap grows its own little cartoon legs and meanders throughout the garage all ‘Toy Story’ style. Then as the garage door creaks open, they just fall where they may!
But despite how they got there… I was sure glad I had them this week when I was brainstorming a gift for my dear friend, Lauren! She is the fabulous author of the blog The Thinking Closest and happens to be one of my BBFs (Best. Bloggy. Friends.) The two of us are hamming it up as we speak at a blog conference in Atlanta! And as her roomie, I just couldn’t show up empty handed!
So what does one DIY blogger make for another DIY blogger?!? Hmmm. Well, Lauren looooves her some blue mason jars!! She used them in her wedding so they hold a special place in her heart! Well, Miss Lauren in a moment of insanity (yes, insanity) decided she would get rid of all of her blue mason jars. Waaaaaaaaah. And now? Well, she has got-rid-of-em remorse. Yes, it’s a such thing. If you’ve never experienced it, count your blessings!
So to join in her quest for reclaiming a collection of these special blue gems, I knew exactly what I wanted to give her…
And while that lovely gem sparkles in her own right, I wanted to make something special to dress her up a bit. So, humming the Toy Story theme song, I headed straight for the garage. I was gonna build a little wooden caddy!
This was such a super easy build, and I’m gonna walk you through each little step.
First, my wood for this project is 7/8 inch thick. I cut the base of the caddy in a 5 5/8 inch square.
Two of the sides are longer and then there are shorter pieces the wedge in place. The longer sides are 5 1/2 long by 3 7/8 tall. Now keep in mind, I am using old reclaimed wood. So these measurements are not perfect. And you may have to play with it some if you are using salvaged wood as well.
I used a nailer to attach both of the longer sides. make sure you put one of your longer piece on whatever side you want to be the front. That way you don’t see the seams from the wedges you will slide in place. See how the pretty side of the wood is facing the front??
Then you wedge your short pieces in place. My shorter pieces were 4 inches long and 3 7/8 tall. When you nail your small pieces in place, be sure to nail it to the bottom and to the sides. That will keep it from going all wobble-wobble on ya! (Do you know that dance???)
And that’s it!! I thought about embellishing it with some rope. (Lauren loves all things nautical!) Or perhaps a couple cabinet handles on the sides. But Lauren is a creative gal, and I thought she would appreciate the simplicity of the design and if she wants to dress it up later, she can!!
I mean, how can you not love those aged nails and the little splits up the sides?? I think it would be just darling with some flowers in it!! Or perhaps a pencil or makeup brush caddy! It adds just enough rusty to this otherwise gem of a mason jar!
I sure hope she likes it!!!