Mason Jar Wall PlanterPosted by TheCraftyCollab on Jun 13, 2013 in DIY, Gardening, Home Decor, Home DIY, Organization | 4 comments
If you have been searching for the perfect place for your beloved mason jars, look no further than Not Just A Housewife and her darling Mason Jar Wall Planter. Not just for your indoor herb garden, this pretty piece can be used for storing all kinds of stuff!
Round up the jars and a drill; we could hardly wait to dive into this project!
Please click here to visit Not Just A Housewife and see the instructions that we followed!
Reviewer #1 – Sheri
Mission: This just looks awesome, and I have wanted to try it for a while. What a fabulous and unique way to brighten up my kitchen.
As far as directions go, I didn’t find them to be very clear. The final pictures were great, but I would have loved to have seen more of a step by step. Lucky for me, my husband was there to help.
- My first step was taking care of the drainage. I added rocks to the bottom of the jar, but after reading comments and suggestions on the blog post, I put a straw in for some extra air. I then planted my plants into the mason jars. To be honest, what a pain in the behind. I managed to squeeze them in there, but getting the soil snug around the roots was difficult and I missed a few spots. I’m hoping they survive.
- I found a great board and cut it to size.
- Now getting the pipe clamps screwed to the board…I had to call in the big guns, Mr. Hubs…and we broke one or two drill bits trying to do so. His extra set of hands were also helpful in tightening the mason jars into the clamps and screwing the board to the wall.
This project is definitely a two person job. We had a much needed beer together afterwards.
Tips & Tricks Learned:
Duct tape a straw for extra drainage. Just make sure you put it in the back when you clamp the jar. Make sure you have good quality drill bit to put a hole through the metal clamp. Screw the hole first and then screw the clamp to the board
It looks remarkable.
Getting those plants into the small mouth of the jar is difficult. Oh, and the broken drill bits. I’ll be replacing those for my husband.
We absolutely LOVE the final outcome. It came out great. I find myself just staring at it while waiting for my coffee to brew. I hope the plants survive. I would love to do one with herbs.
Reviewer #2 – Kristy
Mission: I love the idea of growing fresh herbs and making a lovely piece of wall décor!
Maren and I got together for this project as I felt it was a bit intimidating and a great excuse to get together!
- Maren got most of the supplies which included the Ball Wide Mouth Mason Jars, rocks, fresh herbs (cilantro, mint, and parsley) and the metal holders (I am certain they have a name that I can’t remember).
- I sent my wonderful husband to Home Depot for the remaining supplies: screws, oak board cut exactly to Maren‘s fab instructions, and potting soil!
- On hand Maren had a ruler, pencil for marking, drill pits, and the power drill! Yikes!
Tips & Tricks Learned:
Stain or Paint your board if you want to. Maren and I decided to go bare finish as you can always change it later.
Be sure to measure where your planters will need to be hung, then predrill your holes on the board. Be sure to also drill holes for hanging!
Ok, here was the tough part, drilling through the metal holders. Just picture Maren with the drill and me fearful of this gal drilling into my fingers as I had to hold metal holders in place. (Fear left with each cocktail we had…be careful! Ha!!) Maren was having issues getting the drill through the metal so plan B, she grabbed her pink hammer to nail through it. Bad idea did not work, just bent the nail. We went back to the drill and replaced with a new battery then bam…worked perfectly. Well…a couple of broken drill bits later!
Once the holes are drilled, fasten the metal hangers onto boards then you are ready to fasten your awesome jars!
Best tip, when working with the metal hangers loop the tail end to the screw end then just start turning to the right to tighten. It is a simple as that, but we had to learn this.
Maren had a bright idea, to place rocks at the bottom of the mason jars…not only is it cute but I would assume it is also supposed to help with the plant’s survival.
Super cute wall décor and a great way to cook healthy with fresh herbs on hand! There are such a wide variety of fresh herbs so the options are endless! As for the board, you could be so creative with jars or painted boards!
Holy cow, the metal hangers…you need some muscle action and a full battery to break through those, but well worth it!
Love, love, love! Get your favorite herbs and get busy! I hope to make these for a few of my real estate clients that love gardening! I know they will love this gift as much as I do! My plants are thriving indoors…now Maren has a different story!
Reviewer #3 – Maren
Mission: I was so excited to try this project out, I love to have fresh herbs. This is the perfect way to get a start on some gardening as well, since we don’t have a yard quite yet at our new home. Kristy and I did this project while our husbands cooked burgers on the grill!
I didn’t have time to hit the store for all of my supplies so I hit up Amazon instead.
Then, I had no idea how big they were or what size of clamp to order, until I found the All American Canner site after a quick Google and got the dimensions of my jars!
- This is how I knew to order the Stainless Hose Clamp, in the 3-1/16″ – 4″ size. Perfect!
- The dimensions of my oak board were 5″ x 22″ x 3/4″
- Our screws were 3/4″ long with a flat, Phillips head.
- For my plants, I chose Moroccan Mint, Italian Flat Leaf Parsley and Cilantro.
Tips & Tricks Learned:
Don’t drink and drill. You heard me. This was probably my biggest take-away of the night. Kristy and I took a dinner break and when I came back to finish the project, I wasn’t um, quite as qualified for the job. I almost amputated my finger trying to push a screw in, when after [what felt like] 15 minutes we realized that the drill was set on “reverse”. Nice.
Use the Phillips-type drill bit to make the holes in your clamp. We tried drilling and nailing and both were total failures. The only thing that worked was pushing the Phillips bit into the clamp while running the drill. I needed Kristy‘s fingers to keep the clamp open while I pushed and drilled.
Don’t cry if you break a drill bit. I broke two. I think that it didn’t help that I had my board sitting on a towel instead of a solid, flat surface. That of course, and the booze.
The clamp closes by a screw mechanism running along a little track. Having said that, tightening the clamp by hand could take a while. Save yourself some time and use your drill – just be sure to go slowly so you don’t take off and break your jar.
Be sure to add little rocks on the bottom for drainage!
Put your plants in before you tighten the clamps around the jars. Duh.
Do not over-water your cilantro or leave it outside in cooler temps unless you want it to die in 3 days.
Be sure to also have a trusty Quality Assurance Supervisor nearby. See if you can find ours in the photo below!
This project was easy to do and cute as heck.
“Don’t drink and drill.”
Since my initial review, I have painted my board aqua and now love my planter even more! I did give my Cilantro the ax after a few days, but have high hopes for the plant that takes it’s place!
I have also already started on a second planter to use to store my paint brushes – the long ones that don’t really fit anywhere else.
Reviewer #4 – Sarah
Mission: Any project that uses Mason jars is a project I’m instantly going to try! I love them to pieces!!
I love the idea of this project so much, but honestly am not a good houseplant owner, as they always seem to die on me at some point. So I instead opted to create this project to store my jewelry tools for my Sarah Vonne creations.
- Mason jars can always be found in my house, so I searched through my supply and found two of the three, wide mouth, quart size Mason jars. The lovely Maren loaned me the third and also had extra clamps for me to use!
- We still have lots of extra barn wood from my grandfather’s barn that was torn down late last year – this is the same wood I used in the Knob Organizer review. I just love it as it is a constant reminder of my grandfather and anywhere I can sprinkle it into a project, I just have to! My husband helped me pick out the right board for this project and did all the hard carpentry work for me.
- The barn wood needed to be cut down to size for use on this project, so my husband took care of that with the table saw. We opted to leave the height of the board as it was and just cut it down to 22” in length. I wanted to maintain as much of the character of the board as we could.
- Once the board was cut, we drilled holes into the metal brackets and then screwed them into place on the board. After this, I slid each of the Mason jars into place and tightened the brackets with a screwdriver until the jars were secure.
I have yet to secure it to the wall above my crafting table, but I have placed all of my jewelry tools within the jars so I’m ready to set up shop.
Tips & Tricks Learned:
Find your handsome hubby and put him to work! Just kidding, this isn’t a mandatory, but I always love when mine is willing to help.
Purposeful – which is a factor I absolutely love! And, this project has an array of uses for each individual out there; a planter, a tool holder, a utensil holder, etc.
In my case, I needed a handy man, so it would have been a bit difficult for me to finish this one on my own.
Love it and can’t wait to get it secured onto the wall.