Mason jar DIY has been exploding lately, and because of this we’ve decided that our premier articles would cover a few of our personal favourites.
The Mason jar indoor garden is ideal for herb gardens, and a favourite among urban centre dwellers who might not have space for an earthen garden of their own. We humbly put forward our attempt at making one of our own, however we know ours isn’t perfect. In reading the comments on Camille’s post, a prime concern was plant drainage. Since punching holes in Mason jars is difficult and ill-advised, we suggest some creative alternatives not present in our example.
Even though the University of Illinois accurately states that using a gravel layer at the bottom of a planter in the place of breathing holes isn’t the best idea, the internet is full of examples with gravel bottoms to suggest otherwise. If you’re keen to the idea of using stones as a base later, why not change it up a little? Although we have yet to test these ourselves — coloured aquarium stones, marbles, pebbles, sea shells, or smoothed glass fragments might just do the trick and allow you to add further creative expression to your mason jar planter or wall garden project.
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How to make a Mason jar wall garden
We didn’t use name tags because I couldn’t decide which plants to use; I ended up with lavender, ivy and creeping thyme. They’re not all exactly kitchen functional, although they prove the concept works for herbs and hanging plants alike. I thought I’d leave the size of the Mason jar and the name tags up to you. Cut-out name tags with push pins would look good, so would more permanent painted titles, or a combination of chalkboard paint and chalk.
- A piece of 1″ x 6″ or so should do it; Using old recycled wood is plus and gives it a rustic look
- 3 Mason jars
- Pipe clamps from the plumbing section of our local hardware store
- Wall hanger, triangle ring hangers
- Stainless hanging wire
- Multi-head screwdriver (an electric one with power is recommended)
- Hammer and picture hanging nails
- Wire cutters
- (Plus colored stones if you’d like to add some colour to the bottom of the jar)
Alright, lets go!
- Place your jars on the board, space them out how you like them, lightly pencil a line which indicates the centre of each mason jar so you can erase it later.
- Place an x in the centre of the board beside each line from step one; This is where you will fasten your Mason jar to the board with a screw.
- The pipe clamps have an adjustable screw to tighten them; Tighten a clamp around each mason jar and place them on the board with the adjustable screw part under the jar (pointing down). This will help to hold the jar in place when it’s hanging on the board.
- Identify the place on the pipe clamp where it meets the ‘x’ from step two.
- Remove the Mason jars from each pipe clamp and screw the pipe clamp to the board through the spot you’ve identified in previous steps.
- Re-attach Mason jars to the pipe clamps.
- Hot-glue strands of ribbon over pipe clamps (or leave them as-is or paint them).
- Place herbs in each jar and you’re good to go!
Watering your garden may be a little bit tricky, so we suggest a watering can with a narrow spout. We found our inspiration for this Mason jar wall garden through the infamously talented Camille Styles.
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- Reduce your environmental foot print
- Enjoy better-tasting food
- Build a sense of pride
- Stop worrying about food safety