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Mason Jar Crafts
Difficulty Rating: Moderate-Difficult

Keeping a room organized is never an easy task for little ones, but with the right tools the process can be more enjoyable and encouraging. These colorful animal hooks will brighten up your child’s room and serve as a friendly reminder to hang up backpacks, toys, and clothes. Color coordinate with bedroom decor and let your children choose their favorite animals. This will make them feel a part of the process and hopefully excite them about keeping their rooms clutter-free.

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  • Step 1

    Cut the fabric down to about 22 x 10 inches and iron it smooth. Lay it out flat with the correct side facing down.

  • Step 2

    Center the piece of MDF over the fabric. Fold back the 2-inch border along one side, pulling the fabric taut and then hot-gluing it to the board. Fold each of the other 3 sides back and glue them down as well.

  • Step 3

    Separate the bands from the glass jars. You can discard the metal lids or save them for another time; they are not needed in this project.

  • How to make a hook or rack. Animal Jar Hooks - Step 4
    Step 4

    Take the bands and turn them upside down on a piece of scrap wood. Take a large nail, position it over the band and punch a hole through the metal by hitting the nail with a hammer. Punch a second hole on the opposite side of the band. Repeat this process with all four of the bands.

  • Step 5

    Use a ruler and pencil to divide the fabric-covered wood into quarters. Then mark the center point of each of those 4 quarters onto the fabric.

  • How to make a hook or rack. Animal Jar Hooks - Step 6
    Step 6

    Place a band over one of the marked center points. The band will have the 2 punched holes from the nail in Step 4, one on each side. Pre-drill holes into the wood in those two locations. Do this for each of the 4 bands.

  • How to make a hook or rack. Animal Jar Hooks - Step 7
    Step 7

    Use a screwdriver to drill in the screws through the holes in the band and into the wood. Screw each band to the board.

  • Step 8

    Flip the wood board over and screw in two D-ring hangers, one on either side of the board close to the top.

  • How to make a hook or rack. Animal Jar Hooks - Step 9
    Step 9

    Place the plastic animals on butcher paper. Paint each animal with acrylic paint and allow them to dry. Two or three coats may need to be applied for even coverage. Screw the jars into their metal bands. Hang the board or prop it up for the next step.

  • How to make a hook or rack. Animal Jar Hooks - Step 10
    Step 10

    Apply super glue to the feet of the plastic animals, one animal at a time. Then place the animal on the end of the jar, hold it in place, and apply pressure. The super glue may take a few minutes to start working, so continue applying pressure. Gravity will also work in your favor. Refer to the glue’s directions, but it may take a full 24 hours for the plastic and glass to properly adhere together. Glue down all of the animals.

  • How to make a hook or rack. Animal Jar Hooks - Step 11
    Step 11

    Hang these animal hooks on the wall. Drape bags, totes, belts, and other items from the jars as a bedroom organizer.

    Extra Tips
    Instead of covering the wood in fabric, spray-paint the MDF a bright color for a monochromatic alternative.

    The empty jars can serve as extra storage for your kid’s small belongings. Unscrew the jars and fill them up with Legos, toy cars, blocks, stickers, or beads.

    These hooks can also be transformed into something for a mature audience.

    Eliminate the plastic animals for a simple look with shabby chic flair. Adults can appreciate these hooks in many rooms, including bedrooms, bathrooms, and kitchens.

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