Easy craft idea to liven up the pantry

Before you throw away that empty Morton’s salt container, think again. Why not repurpose some of its components to make a nifty salt or sugar dispenser? For those of you looking for home craft ideas or DIY craft gifts for the holiday season, this project is right up your alley.

The idea comes courtesy of ThriftyFun, a website made up of a “community of everyday experts who seek creative inexpensive solutions to daily problems.” Not only does ThriftyFun help foster creativity, but their projects also encourage resourcefulness. Perhaps that’s why the website remains intact since its founding in 1999.

In addition to the website, there is a ThriftyFun YouTube channel that is chock-full of tutorial videos for a number of different crafts and recipes. The most watched video — nearing 750,000 views — is a tutorial on how to reuse an empty salt dispenser. It’s a pretty simple process which yields great results, especially for those looking to add a little flair to their dinner table.

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What do I need for this project? This easy craft idea requires just a handful of things, most of which can be found lying around the house: a salt dispenser, mason jar, box cutter or knife, and a pencil for tracing. Where do I begin? Grab your box cutter and (carefully) remove the top of the salt dispenser. Lay it flat and place the opening of the mason jar on top before tracing around it.

Now, make your cut. Place the newly trimmed top on the mason jar opening and lock it in by screwing on the lid. Some of you may be wondering, what’s the point of all this if I’m just going to buy another salt dispenser? As ThriftyFun points out in the YouTube comments section, this is most useful if you buy salt, sugar, or grains in bulk. This way you have a permanent dispenser you can refill time and time again.

If you’re interested in this project or are looking for easy crafts for kids, give the video a spin below. You can also decorate the mason jar appropriately and give them to friends and family for the holidays.
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