Coming in at under $10, this is a cheap and easy way to add some character to your table or window sill this spring.
Step 1: Materials
1 - 3 3/4" x 11 7/8" piece of 1/2" plywood
3 - 1 quart mason jars
1 - can of spray primer
Chalk paint in various colors
Step 2: Prime the Jars
To make it easier, drive a few stakes in the ground and put the jars on top.
Step 3: Cut the Pieces for the Box
The sides are cut from a 1x4 with the long sides at 12 7/8" and the short sides at 3 3/4".
The bottom piece is cut from plywood and should measure 11 3/8" x 3 3/4".
Step 4: Assemble the Box
Step 5: Paint
I've found that both the box and the jars look better with two coats of paint. If you'd like to move along a little quicker, you can use a hair dryer to speed up the paint drying.
Also, when painting the jars it makes things easier if you hold them by sticking your hand inside the jar.
Step 6: Finishing Touches
You can also hit the edges and corners of the box with the sandpaper, but don't go overboard.
If you leave the center out when you put the lid on, you can add flowers or other decorations in the jars.
Tying a piece of twine around the neck of the jar is another way to add some detail.