Our old suburban bathroom had a luxurious amount of counter space. Our new rural homestead bathroom has almost none. Organizing it is a bit of a challenge, and the toothbrush situation has been driving me to distraction. Four toothbrushes - plus a special toothbrush for my daughter's retainer - all strewn across one sink, along with toothpaste and soap...It was constant mess.
I looked both locally and online to find a toothbrush holder that would hold that many toothbrushes - some electric, with thicker handles than the manual kind - to no avail. Everything was either too breakable, too small, or too chintzy or cheap looking. (And, occasionally, more than I wanted to pay.) So last weekend, I whipped up a super easy solution that also fits in with my farmhouse vision for this house. And I did it all with stuff I had on hand.
First I'll walk you through how I made the toothbrush holder at zero cost, then I'll show you some simple and inexpensive ways to customize the look.
|The commercially made inspiration for this project.|
You will need:
One pint sized canning jar with lid and screw band (I used a widemouth jar)
Small piece of chicken wire
2. Lay the circle of chicken wire inside the canning jar ring.
3. Screw the ring onto the jar.
* Use one of the "heritage" canning jars, which come in blue, green, and purple.
* Color the jar any color you like; there are many methods for doing this: This basic method; distressed method; "sea glass" look; metallic look; or colored glass look.
* Use any type wire mesh you have on hand, as long as a toothbrush will fit in the holes.
* Use a store-bought toothbrush insert for the jar, like this or this or this.
* Not crafty? Buy the Mason jar that inspired this project!
* Want a matching soap dispenser? That's really easy, too. Just purchase a pump! (This foaming pump insert works, too.)