This week I decided to try a DIY that I've seen around Pinterest. I'm not the biggest mason jar fan; in fact I am rather confused as to why they are showing up everywhere. Some of the mason jar crafts are really ugly (Mason jar wine glasses? Mason jar chandeliers? Ugh, no thanks), but when I found a pack of three (off-brand) mason jars at TJ Maxx for $5, I knew I had to buy them and find a use for them. Not only was it fun and educational, I also am officially a first-time participant in the Young House Love infamous PINTEREST CHALLENGE (cue victorious music).
The rules for the Pinterest Challenge are easy: quit pinning and start doing. I am a big advocate of that philosophy. I absolutely hate, hate, hate when people post DIY pins that are so ridiculously out of reach, or ones that have captions like "pin now, read later"--it makes my skin crawl. Crafting gets easier with practice, people! You never know how something will work out until you try it. Quit pinning and start doing!
OK, enough with my motivational speech. Let's get to making.
One problem I had with the original post for this mason jar planter was, there weren't many detailed instructions. The blogger did an awesome job with her DIY, but I needed to figure out how she did what she did. Unfortunately I couldn't find any specifics (what are the clamps called? What kind of fasteners did you use? How the heck did you attach the clamps to the board??) so I was on my own for a lot of this. Luckily with the help of a nice old man at Lowe's I figured it out.
For this project you will need:
1) Miracle Gro Potting Mix
2) Small pebbles or rocks
3) 3 glass jars
4) Wooden board of any kind (big enough for 3 jars to go horizontally or vertically, your choice)
5) 3 plants for the jars (I used succulents)
6) 3 stainless steel adjustable pipe clamps (I used the 3-1/16" -- 4" size)
7) Short screws for attaching clamps to wood
8) Long screws for attaching wood to wall
9) A drill with drill bits and screwdriver attachments
10) Decorative paint for wood (optional)
The first thing I did was spray paint the edges of my wooden board with some of the leftover metallic gold spray paint that I used for this project. You can decorate yours however you wish! I liked the brown stain that was already on my scrap wood, so I left that. In the future I might decide to do something different, who knows?
After the paint dried I got to work drilling many, many pilot holes. The nice old man at Lowe's told me I could "just drill right through" the metal clamp. Well it wasn't quite that easy. I ended up having to use one of the slits that was already on the clamp as my basis for the hole that would hold the screw. I hope I didn't ruin my drill bit. Just FYI, there's probably a better tool out there to do this kind of task, like maybe a hammer drill? Anyway, I got it to work so whatever. That's my attitude.
After the clamps were attached, I screwed the board into the wall. After I took this picture I added two more screws for stability. Make sure the board is securely attached to the wall. I'm not gonna lie, even after all the precautions I am still having nightmares of crashing glass jars and exploding soil all over my floor. Usually in my dreams this happens in the middle of the night. But hopefully that won't happen.
Next I got to work potting the plants, starting with the rocks on the bottom of the jars. This is where I made a mistake that you can easily fix. I don't know how well these plants are going to survive because I miscalculated their size and how easily they would fit into the jar. Yes, the plants were about the same amount of ounces as the jar, but the opening of the jar was a lot smaller and it was super difficult to squeeze in the 14-oz succulents. I should've gotten the tiny plants. We'll see how these guys fare over time, but I highly recommend you get the little itty bitty ones, like these:
Next, I tightened up the pipe clamps so they were ready to be fit to the jars. Then, one by one, I fit each jar to its own clamp, using a drill to tighten the attached screw so it was good and sturdy.
And that's it! I hope this tutorial was descriptive enough for you to get your own together! The total cost of this project ended up being around $27, since I already had the wood, rocks, and screws at home. Are you going to try your own?