This mason jar toothbrush holder I diy-ed with the help of some wire and my own design is one you’ll come to love! Your brushes will be in easy reach with an easy, elegant way to display them. It was a little tricky to do at first. The most common approach I saw was using a wire mesh insert under the jar lid. I sorta explored some other ways, but this may be the best one.
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OK…I used a pint-sized mason jar, which is just the right size to do this, and some 20-gauge craft wire. It’s also one of the jars I used food dye to create that pretty color tint. You need to have something to replace the inner metal dealy (sorry, it has a name but can’t think of it!) that goes under the lid that will accommodate a few brushes.
The metal disc thingy is kind of thick and not easy to drill through (or if you could, the hole might not be big enough for a toothbrush to go through ) So that’s why we want to replace it with something else.
I used another toothbrush holder for an example….the openings for brushes to go through is about the same diameter as a dime. One thing I thought about was if I could find a piece of clear plastic that was thick enough to be sturdy but still not too difficult to cut holes into, that would work, but I didn’t have anything of the sort. So wire will be your best bet.
I have heard that some craft-sized chicken wire will work great. So if you can locate some, great! It has a tight enough weave that brush handles will fit through. This kind of wire is also a thinner gauge, it needs to be to be able to fit under the jar lid tightly.
Too -thick wire will bulge under the lid and make it hard to put it back on, it should be no thicker than the disc insert.
You’ll also need a pair of pliers (needle nose) and a pint-sized mason jar.
Let’s Get Started
Unscrew the lid and take the metal disc insert out, we’re going to use it for one small but important step – measuring to see how big to make the mesh piece for toothbrushes to go into.
Put the disc on top of a sheet of paper and go around it with a Sharpie or something visible. Take the wire and go around the circle shape you just outlined to determine the right length of it needed, then cut it off using your pliers, I would cut about a fourth of an inch longer than the circle you’ve made so there is enough overhang to tighten the end down.
Form the Mason Jar Wire Insert
My approach is slightly different. I used the neck/threads of the jar opening and wrapped a strand of 20-22 gauge wire around it to create the base. Then I wrapped that strand down the middle to start the grid pattern. I used the pliers to pinch down the end of the wire very tight so it wouldn’t stick out.
Then I continued with a few other strands of wire placing them in a grid layout. I didn’t need that many-just a few going each way, and wrapped the ends around and bend them down.
I had to pinch that wire down very diligently because it’s going where the insert is, and we don’t want it to bulge or prevent the lid from closing. (Took a few tries – but I got it!)
Fixing the Lid
Use your pliers to tuck the ends of the chicken wire into the lid to do the same. best way to test it out is to re-attach the lid and make sure you can with the wire piece in place. When you can do this, tighten the lid and voila!
Your toothbrush collection now has a great handmade resting place. Awesome!
I sincerely hope you enjoyed this mason jar toothbrush holder diy tutorial…have fun with it!
Want to see more fun mason jar crafts? You can find them all right HERE