Sometimes our crafty ideas take a lot of planning and execution. And sometimes they just work. And by sometimes I mean really rarely. But not this one my friends, this super simple DIY cost about 5$, took about 15 minutes total hands on time, and upgraded my bathroom 500%. Ok, so 500% may be an overstatement, but you be the judge, because I’m totally in love with my new DIY bathroom air freshener. Or as I’m actually calling it ‘the scent center’. Because lets face it, sometimes you just need to light a candle in there.
This is how it all started- with a crowded loo. Atop the back of the potty sat a vase of dried eucalyptus, a candle and matches, assorted pretty soaps in a tray (tray made by me!) and qtips in a a bowl (also made by me!) It was perilous. The eucalyptus periodically would poke you when you sat down. It was all a jumble. But our bathroom was small and you know what, there was an entire empty wall just waiting to be filled- and filled with something functional, natch.
So, with a few supplies that I mostly had lying around, I got to work. First, I cut a pine plank to size- about a foot and a half long. (We bought it originally for a shelf project for just 1$ at Home Depot. Can you imagine? Crappy gas station coffee costs more than a dollar…) I sanded it and stained with just one coat- one was all it needed- with stain I already had. Next, I raided my mason jar supply. I have a lot but finding three matching ones was not easy. I have cobbled together my canning supplies over years, by purchasing some, by receiving some, by taking some of my grandmothers when she died- heck, our old neighbors knew we liked canning so they would just drop off good jars for us by our back door. So very Cambridge. I bought hose clamps roughly the diameter of my jars. I already had a staple gun. So really, like I said, a 5$ project. I stapled the clamps down to the wood at pre-measured intervals (I found it easiest to staple them if I linearized the clamps first (linearized is a science word for make the circle a line- no kidding)). I affixed a picture hook to the back for easy hanging.
So much better, yeah? I filled one jar with eucalyptus. One as a votive. One has matches, but you can’t reach them because they are regular matches- I need to pick up some long ones. Once I do I think I’ll tape some sandpaper to the bottom of a jar to strike the match upon. I also envision that I will swap out the eucalyptus for flowers from the garden, or change the candle with the seasons- you know- stuff like that.
And the back of the toilet is not a jumbled mess. I hung a watercolor painting of a minke whale from United Thread because why wouldn’t I? And now the bathroom is fresh, clean and organized (for now…).
I will be sharing this post on A Life in Balance and Chic on a Shoestring. Please go check them out and all the great projects too!