DIY Mason Jar Dining Caddy and Home Depot Giveaway

*This Giveaway is now closed*

Two giveaways in one week? Why yes!! That’s just how much we love our At the Picket Fence friends!

Do you love to eat outside in the summertime but hate having to go in and out of the house dragging all of the necessary dining essentials with you? This DIY dining caddy with mason jars is the perfect solution!

DIY Mason Jar Dining Caddy with Scotch Blue

We LOVE to have dinner (and lunch and breakfast!) out on our deck all summer long! Here in Oregon we live for these months and I’m determined to make the most of them by enjoying the sunshine as much as possible. But, while I love the relaxed feeling of breaking bread together in the great outdoors, I do not enjoy hauling everything back and forth from the kitchen to the deck. While, on the one hand, I think I get a pretty good workout running in and out of the house, I would much rather spend less time doing that and more time feeling the cool breeze on my face while partaking of one of my hubby’s fabulous grilled creations!
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This post was brought to you in partnership with The Home Depot and ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape.

I found this old wooden whatchamacallit (What would you call that? A tote?) (Oh, and apparently ‘whatchamacallit’ is an actual word because spell check totally ignored it! Who knew?) and even though it was a little worse for the wear I knew I could give it new life.


Now, I have to admit something here. I tend to be more of a “winging it” girl when it comes to paint projects. Oh sure, I use tape when I’m painting rooms but when it comes to crafts I’m usually not overly meticulous. And frankly, it shows. I can’t even begin to tell you how many times I’m having to go back and do things over and half the time just end up scrapping the whole project. I think it’s like my own weird way of rebelling!

So when I got the chance to test out ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape I decided it was time for my crafting skills to grow-up a bit and not rely on photo editing to cover up my mistakes. ;-)

scotch blue tape review
The first thing I did was set up a work space on our deck by laying down the non-slip drop cloth. Let me tell you, this thing DOESN’T SLIP! I will never again buy the horrible thin plastic drop cloths which end up slipping or flying up in the air when even the slightest breeze blows.

Now that I had myself the proper work space, it was time to tackle fixing the wooden whatchamacallit. The bottom was easy to fix by simply hammering back in the nails that had pulled away from the sides. But the crack was another issue. I decided to put the ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape to the test and after applying a thin layer of wood glue I used the tape as a sort of clamp to hold it together while it dried.

using tape as clamp to fix crack I liked the weathered look of the wood but I kind of wanted to brighten it up a bit so I decided to paint the body of the caddy but leave the handle in the original tone. I wrapped the ends of the handle with the ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape with the edge-lock feature.

taped off handle

And obviously I put it to the test right away!

tape protecting from drip

It also came in handy for holding my stencil letters in place.

But no matter how wonderful the tape is it couldn’t keep me from having the “T” not lined up properly and having to repaint it a couple of times. Please tell me I’m not the only one who has trouble getting words stenciled onto things!

tape holding stencil in place

Now, if the whatchamacallit is going to become a dining caddy it has to actually be able to HOLD things inside, right? Enter mason jars! And since I had all of this wonderful tape and some leftover chalkboard paint I decided the jars needed labels. And if tape can stand up to chalkboard paint and come out with beautiful corners like you see below than it is worth it’s weight in gold for sure!


I absolutely LOVE how they turned out!


And, now, getting ready to enjoy eating outside has become a whole lot easier.


And frankly, I look much cuter carrying this dining caddy than I did when I was sweating from running back and forth to the kitchen!

I mean, that’s what’s really important right?


I can’t decide if my favorite part about this dining caddy are the chalkboard labeled mason jars or the fact that it says “Eat” on one side…


…and “Drink” on the other!


Because some of our most favorite moments in the summer are when we are sitting outside on a warm evening with friends, eating really incredible food, sipping really incredible cocktails and listening to the really incredible sound of our kiddos laughing and playing. The sun starts setting, we turn on the lanterns and just sit back and enjoy the moment knowing it will be over all too soon!

But until then, my dining caddy and I say “cheers” to you as you relish these last “lazy days of summer”.

And to really help you celebrate these final days of summer the I’m giving away a $75 Gift Card to The Home Depot

To Enter: Leave a link to your favorite summer DIY or painting project in the comments below (can be a link to your own blog, another website or Pinterest) for your chance to win the $75 The Home Depot gift card. Giveaway ends August 28th at midnight EST. US residents only please.

And if you are looking for some more amazing painting project ideas, check out the all of the incredible inspiration from the other members of the Ready, Set, Paint Blog Hop!

Centsational Girl – Textured Panel Dresser Makeover

Thrifty and Chic Framed Stencil Wall 

The Design Confidential DIY Concrete Color Block Painted Tables 

Sand & Sisal Faux Etched Glass

The Girl Creative Summer Chalkboard

PB & J Stories Dipped Effect Outdoor Bench and Front Patio Makeover

In My Own Style How to Paint Outdoor Furniture

Making this Home Embellish with a Paint Border

Rustic Bench Gets Modern Moroccan-Inspired Makeover

DIY Game Table 

Fun with Fireworks

Charles & Hudson – Wood Block Planter

Love of Family and Home – DIY Striped Curtain

LollyJane – Mailbox Makeover 

Nesting Place – Painting with Chalk

Thistlewood Farms: How to Paint Stripes 

Live Laugh Rowe: DIY Drop Cloth Table Runner 

SawdustGirl – Spray-Painted-Striped Lemonade Stand Canopy

Make It: Painted Horseshoes

DIY Pet Food Station 

This post was brought to you in partnership with The Home Depot and ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape.

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Now, go on and show off your own fabulous summer projects by leaving a link here and enter to win the $75 The Home Depot!


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  1. Sooooo pretty! Love this look and thanks for the tip on the tape!
    Anne@DesignDreams recently posted..Six Tips for Working With Wood StainMy Profile

  2. Great makeover, Vanessa! I also like Thistlewood Farms painted stairs (cuz that’s what I need to do to my basement stairs) and the drop cloth table runner from Live Laugh Rowe. Thanks for the chance to win!

  3. What a great project! Love it! I’m sharing my Seahorse Towel Hooks…
    Leslie Stewart @ House on the Way recently posted..Master Bedroom Tour and Thoughts of ChangeMy Profile

  4. I love your project! This is one I am in the processes of doing

  5. What a fun and useful project! Those ball jars with the chalkboard labels are so creative and fun! I’ll need to do that for my outdoor gatherings.
    Thanks for the chance to win this great giveaway!!!!
    Here is my diy:

  6. My favorite project this summer was the little cabinet I painted in July.

    Thanks for such a nice giveaway. Sometimes I feel like I live at Home Depot!

  7. Livivua Chandler says:

    That was awesome! We are in the process of doing this this week!

  8. Great caddy! Functional and adorable!

  9. This is so adorable! I am not sure what I love more, the little chaklboard on the jars, the handle, or the really crisp lettering. If you get tired of it, you can just ship it my way!
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  10. I love anything pretty and fun to decorate. TY to share. And, ty for home depot give away.

  11. I have been collecting galvanized tubs and bucket of various sizes and this tipsy fountain is the perfect project for them! Mine is still in the planning stages but this is my inspiration!

  12. Absolutely l.o.v.e. your Mason Jar Caddy. Cute idea with the “Eat” and “Drink” stenciling. One of my favorite summer projects I recently transformed is the vintage wood dustpan that I repurposed into a magazine rack. Here is the link:

    Come on by and tell me what you think. Thanks for the giveaway to Home Depot, my favorite go-to “craft” store.
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  13. I LOVE these bookends and book shelves! Super easy – super fun!
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  14. This caddy is adorable – I just love it!! One of my favorite painting projects that I spotted on Pinterest was this one:
    I would love to try that sometime!

  15. Love this adorable little caddy! We eat outside so much and it always seems to take multiple trips and people to get stuff out there! This is currently my favorite DIY project and the next project I plan to tackle when we get a new fridge and the old one gets put in the basement!

  16. I have a passion for carriers and boxes. So, love this.
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  17. i was just reading
    this tute
    before your mason jar caddy post
    and now i think
    the two were made to be together

    thanks for the chance to win, girls!


  18. Vanessa, I just told my husband to retrieve the three pasta sauce glass jars I was going to paint and use as vases. But now after viewing your DIY utensil holders, I’m copying your inspiration. I think they are adorable and necessary!

  19. Woo hoo! Thanks for hosting, Vanessa! My favorite project from this summer is my DIY herb markers:
    Hope you’re enjoying the last gasps of summer… love your caddy!
    xo Heidi
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  20. Pam Ballard says:

    What a great giveaway! For some reason the rafflecopter wouldnt show up on my computer for the last giveaway. So this I can do! I really liked the DYI from this link to help me redo a burlap bag!

  21. Love transforming my home decor with paint:

    Thanks for the giveaway!
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  22. Jessie C. says:
  23. Heather S says:
  24. I love the ‘whatchamacallit’. I just happened to have bought a similar ‘whatchamacallit’ a few weeks ago and wasn’t sure what I would do with it. Now I know, I’ll make a caddy like you. Thank you for the chance to win.

  25. Olivia Rubin says:

    This summer I got into terrariums. I saw the exsorbently priced ones from Twig Terrariums $100 and up for 6inche jars. I looked at their Pinterst page and made my own. I got the jar from HomeGoods for $10 and went onto amazon and purchased Model Train Figurines in HO scale. They are .5″ tall and sell for a couple bucks. How,they charge so much considering I put it together with soil and moss from park for under $20!

  26. What a great idea and I’m loving that paint color :) Nicely done!
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  27. Such a cute idea, pinning this one for sure!

  28. Sweet! Wish I could join you for dinner. Mom

  29. I Like this Vertical Garden project

  30. I’ve been wanting to try this with my scraped up vintage bike:
    Holly B recently posted..Autumn WeekendMy Profile

  31. I am thinking about how I am going to paint my nursery: Pretty sure I will need 75$ worth of Scotch Painter’s Tape from the Home Depot to be successful!

  32. Heather B says:

    I have been wanting to do this for my garden for awhile now:

  33. The caddy is SO cute! Such a great idea for outdoor dining.

    I use Scotch Painter’s Tape nearly every day but here’s my most recent project:
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  34. My favorite project this summer is painting the old clapboard on my new/old house. We are just starting and it will take a few months to finish up. I will be using lots of Scotch Painters tape.

  35. Oh what fun! I love painting and this is my favorite project from this summer –

    I love your caddy and actually just picked up an old tool caddy that I am planning on making over soon!
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  36. So Adorable and FUN!!! Loving the color of the paint!
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  37. I love the blue stuff ;) That drop clothe is awesome.
    Oh wait… lol. The project is super cute too. hehe.
    Super love the chalkboard mason jars!!!!
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  38. ellen casper says:
  39. Awesome project, Vanessa … thanks for sharing such a great tutorial! I know how much you all enjoy your meals out on your deck and savor every second! I just wish I could be there … carrying your fabulous newly painted “whatchamacallit” out to the deck in one hand with one of your “incredible cocktails” in the other! Maybe someday … xoxo
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  40. it is so hot this summer, I’d rather paint little things that are manageable inside like this cute frame:
    Carissa recently posted..Super Easy Scrapbooking 101: Meet Project LifeMy Profile

  41. Great Giveaway! I made some plant markers for my garden this summer and it was a fun and easy DIY!
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  42. This post came to mind since I bought all the materials at Home Depot, which included blue tape:
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  43. I like the way the striped wall turned out in the kitchen at

  44. This is fantastic! Mason Jars, chalkboard labels, stenciling… it is all there. Thanks for the great idea!
    Johnnie recently posted..Video Tutorial – DIY Gorgeous Soldered Pendants + GIVEAWAYMy Profile

  45. Elena Jones says:
  46. Sheila Vives says:

    My favorite DIY was yours. Loved your write-up, you gave this not so talented crafter the courage to be brave.

  47. My most fave recent DIY project was painting and adding hardware to our master bath cabinets:

  48. My favorite painting project this summer was an old, homemade TV cabinet repainted to use in the garden. Jo @ Let’s Face the Music
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  49. I really want to do this DIY fire pit project by the end of the summer:


  50. I love the way your Dining Caddy turned out! I’m also a fan of the ScotchBlue Painter’s Tape – it rocks, especially with stencils! Here’s one of my favorite painting projects that I created:

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!
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  51. Amy Orvin says:
  52. I would love to do this project: Thank you!

  53. I just bought a house so I’m painting up a storm!! I actually do have a wooden crate like that, that I garbage picked from my neighbor. I need to paint it as well!

  54. I LOVE the way this turned out! I’ll admit I’m terriable for trying to do things like this without tape. I love how this turned out though so I guess I better get some. ;)
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  55. Those are so cute!!! I have to tape everything when painting, let’s just say I don’t have a very sturdy hand :) xxoo

  56. Oh my. I LOVE this project! I love the look of this and how convenient it is. I’ll use it just to tote snacks up and down the stairs and food props to and from the dining room table! :D LOVE. I did these painted pots + succulents and I have to say I’m loving them!
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  57. I LOVE this! I’ve got lots of jars kicking around my house that were just waiting for this inspiration. :) One of my summer projects I have yet to do is this front porch makeover – My concrete steps definitely need this!
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  58. Ah! A cute & handy way to corral all my mason jars! LOVE IT!! Thanks for the inspiration, as always!!

  59. I’d love to do this – build my own chicken coop!

  60. I am looking forward to combining my two sons and painting their room like this one: Thanks for the chance to win!

  61. Great projects, and as summer winds down, still enough time to get a few done! I like the painting patio furniture tutorial, as I have a set of patio furniture that has been screaming at me to get it painted and brought back to life. I just might tackle this before fall hits…

  62. Great project. My favorite paint project of the summer is a chair makeover.
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  63. Here’s a really cute painting project that I can’t wait to try! It’s my new favorite!
    Painted Straw Totes

  64. this planked wall idea….debating for the staircase

  65. Want to paint my front door!

  66. I am in love with this porch swing from Ana White and Shanty2Chic:

  67. I love this 4th of July mantle. Plus it has a template for the cute pennant :)

  68. I am sharing my “milk and cream” table…It was destroyed and I brought it back with paint and love..:)

  69. Lisa Brown says:

    Making fun cushions for an outdoor swing bench –
    jslbrown_03 at yahoo dot com

  70. Meghan Finley says:
  71. Katie Contests says:

    I love this breadbox-turned-docking station!

  72. Could really use that giftcard updating my kitchen. Every little bit helps

  73. That looks so good!

    P.s. this was so yummy… I even added some vodka :)

  74. Here is my favorite, the one I want to do this summer:

    Except I want to do it in my laundry room and/or my entry way. And I want to use a gray stain. Plus, I wouldn’t do it all the way to the ceiling. Just as high as I would do a beadboard treatment.

  75. You’ve provided some interesting tips there, thank you for taking the effort to do this.
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