mittens in the sink

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Falling into autumn means crisp nights, pumpkin pies, and the return of sweaters&scarves&hats&boots.  As fall progresses into winter, more and more clothes come out of storage, and I begin wearing 25% of my closet to keep warm.  I’m all for layering, but things start to get a little messy when I come home and need to undress – scarves get tossed on the couch, hats get thrown behind the sofa, and mittens get placed in the sink.  Essentially, fall is the beginning of clothing mayhem.

To combat the chaos and stay a little organized, I created a coat rack out of cardboard letters and wire hangers.  4 steps to coat rack: insert the hanger handle into the bottom of the letter, decorate the letter with tacky glue, and then spray paint in the color of your choice.  Here are some photos of the process:
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rub a dub dub

My DIY projects last week left made me want to sing along with Vanilla Ice to “can’t touch this…”  Perhaps I’m biased, but I thought thought the mason jar flower vase and makeup brush holder would have Pottery Barn executives calling me to learn all my secrets.  Especially when they realized I was doing all my crafting for less than $5.

The only shortfall, as far as I could see, was that I didn’t have a matching set to make it look organized.  I decided to change that by crafting a matching toothbrush holder and soap dispenser.  Like magic, I now have the entire line of mason jar bathroom products.

The toothbrush holder is the easy-as-pie design that inspired the makeup brush holder.  To replicate, simply fill a mason jar with white sand, and stick your items inside:

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The mason jar soap dispenser is a little more complicated because it takes 3 steps instead of 2.  For this, simply use a pushpin to make a hole in the top of the mason jar, and then stick a pump from another soap dispenser inside (I found a soap dispenser at the dollar store for, you guessed it, a dollar): 
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To add a country chic feel, spray paint mason jars to match the decor of your house, and then fill with flowers.
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You can see how I made the makeup brush holder here, and instructions for the mason jar flower vase are here.

Let me know if you have any other questions, and enjoy the simple project 🙂