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Hi there, I am Ashley. I am an artist, an avid reader and writer, and I love product testing for several websites including BzzAgent, Influenster, Crowdtap, Smiley360 and Pinchme. I also help many angel loss moms through You Are My Sunshine Loss Support. You can find that blog on Blogger as well.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Mason Jar Pencil Sharpener

Hi guys! Randomly, how are you? Today I decided to make a mason jar pencil sharpener for the studio today. Here is a little video on how to make it.

Mason Jar Pencil Sharpener: http://youtu.be/0TQceCu6Png

You will need:
-A mason jar
-A lid ring
-A lid
-A drill/rotary (Dremel) tool with a drill/rotary bit to make a hole through the lid
-A metal washer with a hole large enough to match up with the pencil sharpener hole.
-a hand held pencil sharpener
-Hot glue gun and glue
-Scissors
-Exacto knife
And
-A piece of cardstock (optional)

Optional decorations should be done first:
A. Lay the lid on the cardstock and trace around it. Cut out the circle from the cardstock. Make sure you cut a little bigger than the traced circle.
B. Center the washer in the middle of the circle of cardstock.  Trace around the outer side of the washer and use the Exacto Knife to cut out the traced washer circle. When the sharpener is finished, this will just rest in between the lid and ring when it is screwed onto the mason jar.

How to make the actual pencil sharpener:
1. Place washer on top of jar lid. Center it so that the hole in the washer is in the center of the lid. Mark where the hole is as this will be where your pencil will go through the lid. Remove the washer and drill out the hole in the jar lid.
2. After drilling, glue the washer on top of the jar lid so that the hole in the washer and the hole in the lid line up.
3. Now flip the lid over and glue the pencil sharpener to the bottom of the lid. The hole in the lid should line up with the hole in the pencil sharpener where the pencil will go.
4. Now, hot glue around the edges of the sharpener, except where the shavings come out, so that the glue will hold the sharpener to the lid when the pencil is being twisted.
5a. (Optional) place the cut out cardstock on top of lid. The washer should slide through the hole in the cardstock.
5b. Put the lid on the jar with the washer facing upward. Screw the ring on the jar and viola... you have a mason jar pencil sharpener.