DIY Desk Organization {Mason Jars}

While shopping the other day I saw some mason jar candles and it made me smile as I watched every single lady that walked by pick them up and comment on how cute they were.  The love for mason jars runs deep in all of us!  I have tons of mason jars and as I’m working on new storage solutions, a Mason Jar DIY Desk Organization seemed perfect {and ended up being super EASY, too}.

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I mapped out my hot glue gun path in the picture below.  I secured the bottom row with rows of hot glue holding together the touching sides.  Then, I spread a line of glue on top of the mason jars and secured the top row.  Shocking how well these stick with five rows of hot glue…even crazier…they’re as good as new when you use some effort, pull them apart, and remove the glue. 

UPDATE: Be careful when moving them around…for a more permanent adhesive, use Platinum Bond Glue – it has amazing bonding powers for gluing glass.

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And here it is…sitting pretty on my desk…organizing my pens, pencils, markers, and binder clips!  LOVE!  I especially love that I used my Simple Tutorial for tinting bottles and jars with 3 Ingredients for a fun pop of aqua color in the mix!

DIY Desk Organization - Mason Jars - ItsOverflowing

Curious about how I painted the houndstooth stencil in the background…check it out!

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  1. Josie says

    Definitely gonna try this- thanks so much for posting! 🙂

  2. Missy says

    I can make this with juice glasses too! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Linda @ Mason Jar Crafts Love says

    Such a clever idea! This, too, is going on my mason jar pin boards!!!

    🙂 Linda

  4. Cynthia Fleck Fryer says

    Glue bottom row of jars to a piece of wood = sturdier and mobile too!

    • Aimee says

      Great idea! XO, Aimee

  5. Jenn says

    So smart Aimee! Pinned!

  6. Lauren says

    I love this idea. Super genius! I am hosting a link party and would love it if you would check it out. I know your blog is a big deal, but I am just trying to grow the party. Thanks.

  7. I try to keep my desk area organized and neat. I love this idea. The mason jars are such a pretty way to store things and the one aqua jar adds just the right pop of color. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Sally says

    Oh my gosh – I really love this. I’m definitely in a mason jar craze right now, and this is so cute. I’ll bet that visually, it takes up less room on your desktop since it’s clear — LOVE the idea! Thanks for the inspiration.

  9. nancy says

    I’m inspired to get organized!
    I’d love for you to stop by and link this up at my link party, which is live right now. It is for new and OLD projects!
    Hope to see you there!

  10. angie says

    love that there are so many great uses for mason jars thanks for showing another great idea

  11. Leigh Anne @Yourhomebasedmom says

    Totally love this idea! I’d love for you to come over and share at Finding the Pretty & Delicious Linky Party.

  12. Nikki says

    Oh, this is a great idea!

  13. Allison @ Finding My Happy says

    These are great! I have TONS of mason jars and they are just taking up space. This would be cute to mod podge paper or materials to, also!

    I would love for you to link this up with my link party:

    Thanks for sharing!

  14. Rosario says

    Great idea!

  15. Little Sis says

    This is So great. I used these jars for a little while standing up to organize desk bits, but found it inconvenient. Never once did I think to simply turn them on their sides. Thanks so much.

  16. Love! Pinning this.

  17. I just love this idea! Great job!

  18. Mel says

    That just looks so simple and pretty, and bonus cheap (or free)

  19. Jill Flory says

    Awesome. Totally totally awesome! I pinned it, tweeted it,and fbed it!

  20. kara says

    I LOVE this idea! I want to try this 🙂

  21. How very clever! That is a new one! Love it.

  22. Dee says

    What a cute idea! I would have never thought of turning them on their sides. Great!!

  23. Leena Lanteigne says

    How clever! This makes organization pretty to look at! Hugs, Leena

  24. Jodi says

    Love this idea.. Might totally be going on my to do list

  25. Bethany says

    I love this idea! and Lord knows I have plenty of mason jars! I’m gonna have to try this out bc my current desk system is SOOOO not working!

  26. Now this is a cool idea I also love jars they are so bloody useful

  27. Kris says

    This is really clever and I love that you used Mason Jars. They are one of my fav vintage things and this is great. Thanks for sharing this with all of us.

  28. I am using a couple of mason jars in our bathroom, to hold toothbrushes/paste and cotton balls/pads/qtips. The coloring of the jars is terrific

  29. Omg…I have left over mason jars from the holidays and I am totally stealing this idea! {is it stealing if I tell you? Lol} 😉

  30. This is a fantastic idea, Aimee. Thank you for sharing it!

  31. Amy Marshall says

    What a great idea! I’m pinning this to my organization board for future reference. Thanks for sharing! Have a great week!


  32. Teresa says

    Those Mason Jars are a source of endless inspiration and use, aren’t they?
    I wish we had so many kids in my Country 🙁
    Wonderful Tip, Amy. Thank you!

    • Teresa says

      I meant kind… we have plenty of kids 😉 who’d love this too,

  33. Ricki Jill Treleaven says

    I just canot get enough of Mason jars, and I love this idea, Aimee! So cute.

  34. Shauna @Satori Design for Living says

    Very clever, especially mixing it up with the blue!

  35. Megan says

    Great idea, Amy! 🙂

  36. Cranberry Morning says

    If I had room for one more thing on my desk, this would be it. 🙂 Love mason jars, especially those old blue Ball jars!