Last month, my husband and I headed north to Los Angeles to see the Book of Mormon. We caught a pre-show dinner at Stella Barra Pizzeria on Sunset Blvd. where we shared some amazing pizza, got a glimpse of Kelly Taylor’s dad, and spied some adorable mason jar planters.
In between bites of my butternut squash pizza, I declared, “That’s what I’m making for my next Adventures in Pinterest!”
I hit Pinterest and apparently everyone loves a mason jar planter. It never dawned on me to use a mason jar for plants. Candy, yes? Plants, no. There were tons of cute DIY projects. I knew I wanted to use succulents and I knew I wanted to use some reclaimed wood I had been saving from a tree box. I came across this hanging mason jar and jumped in on my own version.
Get yourself some wide mouth mason jars from your craft store. I got mine for less than $2 each at Hobby Lobby. Swing by your favorite hardware store and grab a couple of pipe clamps from the plumbing section, a bag of natural coarse sand, a few itty bitty sized succulent or house plants, and a bag of potting mix (not pictured).
I chose two 4 oz. sized succulents and one small indoor house plant. I don’t have the greenest thumb and knew I probably would be able to keep a few succulents alive. That asparagus fern? I don’t have high hopes.
Pipe clamps come in a variety of sizes. Truth? It took me 20 minutes to figure out how to make them smaller. I thought I had to loosen the screw and adjust it like a belt. Turns out, you just turn the screw clockwise and it moves along the tracks making the clamp smaller and smaller.
You’ll definitely need some sort of natural draining system for the bottom of your planter otherwise the water that isn’t absorbed by the roots of the plant will pool at the bottom of the jar. I hope this natural coarse sand will work.
My sidekick wanted to help. Actually, she had a blast putting the planters together. This is a great spring project to work on with your kiddos.
We completely guessed on how much coarse sand will work for proper drainage. This part is a total experiment and I’ll keep up posted on how it goes.
Layer your potting mix over the coarse sand. Did you know there is a difference between potting mix and top soil? Potting mix is formulated to hold the correct amount of moisture in a container. Top soil is made to be mixed with native soil. Learn more here from Scotts Miracle Grow.
Pop in your itty bitty plants and fill around with potting mix. Shake off any excess soil and don’t forget to water!
Now what I thought would be the hardest part: breaking down the old tree box to get one plank of wood. We had a birch tree planted last fall and I’ve been keeping the tree box for some unknown DIY project. I love the rustic look of reclaimed wood!
It was pretty easy to pry the pieces apart with the back of a hammer. Photo by my 6 year old sidekick.
Now for the hardest part which required an additional trip to Lowes. I thought a sharp nail and hammer would be enough to poke through the metal clamp so to attach it to the wood plank. Those pipe clamps are pretty sturdy. My husband picked up a special drill bit to drill a tiny screw hole into the back of the clamp. All that was left was to attach the clamps to the wood plank and slide the mason jars into the clamps.
Are you wondering why I have this gorgeous new hanging mason jar planter propped up on a bed of grass? The reclaimed wood is so crazy soft and the filled mason jars are sort of heavy that we couldn’t get a hanger to stay secured in the wood. We did try though and hung it on our gate for about 5 seconds to snap the photo below. Right now, it is sitting on my outdoor fireplace looking pretty and waiting for it’s permanent home.
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