Keep your desk tidy with upcycled jars


Jars hang from shelf with Sugru

No one deserves a cluttered desk. Setting up a new workspace at home, at work, or when moving into a student dorm is exciting, but where should you store all your bits and bobs without them getting in the way?

Make it easier to find everything you need with this cool space-saving storage solution using upcycled jars and Sugru Mouldable Glue.

Watch the video and see just how easy this idea is.

Sugru is ideal for this project because it forms a strong bond to lots of different materials, including wood and metal. Three-quarters of a single-use pack of Sugru is enough to hold one regular-sized jar. 

Need to stock up on some Sugru? Head over to the Sugru shop!

Step 1

Sugru added to top of jar lid in the shape of cones

Divide your Sugru in four. You’ll only need three pieces for this project. Press each piece onto the lid of your jar evenly distributed, and shape into a cone.

Step 2

Jar lid pressed against the underside of the shelf, Sugru first

Press your jar lid carefully against the underside of your desk or shelf, ensuring a strong, level bond and leave to set.

Step 3

Jars hung by attaching to the lids stuck to the shelf with Sugru

Once the Sugru has set, you can store anything you like out of the way but still within easy reach!

Sugru sets in 12-24 hours. Depending on the thickness of the application, for load-bearing projects, allow up to 48 hours for Sugru to fully set.

You’ll still have a little Sugru leftover, so why not check out the Projects & Inspiration page for more ideas?

Hand holding jar hanging from shelf with Sugru

We’ve Sugru-ed our jars to the underside of a shelf above our desk, but you could hang your jars anywhere! Why not use them in the kitchen to store tea bags, herbs and spices?

More ways to make the most of your space

1. Keep the essentials handy

Objects hang from shelf with Sugru and magnets

It's easy to forget where you've left stuff and time-consuming when you have to go searching. Keep your essentials to hand using Sugru and magnets.

2. Organise those messy kitchen cupboards

Pot lids held to cupboard with Sugru grips

At last – a solution for those messy kitchen cupboards! Conquer kitchen chaos and prevent pot-lid pile-ups with this easy idea for  organising your pot lids with Sugru.

3. Make your own iPad wall mount

Tablet held to kitchen wall with Sugru

Keep your workspace clutter free and your iPad clean from spills and splashes, with this smart idea for creating your own tablet wall mount in the kitchen. This is perfect for reading recipes or watching TV shows while you cook!

You could also create an iPad wall mount in your new dorm room to prevent arm ache, or hang it from the back of your cupboard door while you get ready for the day :) And remember, Sugru is removable for when you vacate your room.

4. Keep your kitchen surfaces clutter free

Jars stuck together with Sugru

Keep your herbs and spices handy and your kitchen work surfaces clear with this simple but very effective solution: Make DIY storage towers for the kitchen.

Head over to our Projects & Inspiration page for loads more ingenious ideas.