Picture of 5 minute shaker from an old jar

shaker from an old jar

As wee needed a saltshaker in our engineer-office NOW and we needed a big one that is easy and comfortable in use, I made one from an old glas as I made it many times before. But now I took pictures. :)

You can make the holes with a nail and hammer or your pocket knife, when you do not have a drill close. If you have one make good holes for better use. For example when you want to use the salt shaker to put salt into the boiling water the holes made wit nails will close the holes fast.

But that´s not all, it is waterproof and transportable (read step4). You can make it with things you have at home (or outside)  in 5 minutes!
It looks a bit rustic and might not be the right thing for a fancy dinner, but it is soooo practical that you will love anyway. :)
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Step 1:

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what you need

You need just an old marmelade/yogurt/whatever-jar with a screwable top the other things are optional: a drill (3-5mm is well) and some sandpaper to clean the holes from metal-chipping.
! do not forget to put some carton/scrapwood/whatever under the top, so that you save your table from being drilled. !

Step 2:

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prepare the jar

Choose your jar wisely. It is nice to have a big one where you can fill the whole salt pack, but it is also good to have a smaller one for the table. Also read step 4.

Put the jar into boiling water, and cook it till the paper falls off. Dry it well.

Step 3:

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drill the top

Drill slowly and do not hasitate to get nice holes. I made some more holes on the one side (for more salt in the soup) and on the opposite site i made some less (for an egg or steak). You can also make smaller or bigger holes, many or less.

If you do not have something to drill on, just leave the jar closed and drill on the jar. But be carefully then.