All the items below are made from Mason Canning Jars and items found at your local Ace Hardware. All of these were made at our Pontiac Illinois store by the store employees. Click on the photo to enlarge. 

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The winner of the "What Can You Make With An Ace 5 Gallon Bucket Contest" was Joe Harszy of Gillespie, IL. Joe and his daughters build these gravity water filters for their mission in less fortunate countries. These Sterasyl cermic filters which filter 99.99% of bacteria and viruses. Simply pour the contaminated water in the top bucket then dispense clean, fresh water from the bottom bucket via the spigot. Contaminated water is the leading cause of death worldwide.

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Linda from Pontiac made Child's Seats from her Ace 5 gallon bucket's.

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Bart from Bloomington was teaching his dog. Beau, how to paint using a Ace 5 gallon to hold their paint. Note the paint brush behind Beau's ear.

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 Frankenstein Pumpkin



This was the winning Pumpkin created by our Carlinville store out of items found in a hardware store, other than the pumpkin itself. The item list with SKU's are:


9165192 pumpkin carving tool

1395938 Green spray paint

9893355 ropelight

40735 Air conditional filter (hair)

2 of 24539 Bullseye levels (eyes)

10 of 1/4 x 1 lag screws (teeth)

10 of 1/2 thread protector (over lag heads for teeth)

2 of 3/8 x 1-1/2 fender washers (ears)

2 of 1/2 x 1-1/2 lag screw (neck bolts)

5124573 wood joiner (holding top of head together)

5165113 joint fasteners (hammered in for stitches)

52804 cut tacks holding on eyes and hair