Introduction: Mason Jar Planter

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DIY reclaimed wood, indoor planters for your home!

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Step 1: Get Wood

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Dumpster dive or search alleyways to find some reclaimed wood. If that fails, then I suppose you could go to your local hardware store and purchase said wood. You might also want to check Craigslist for wood in the 'free' or 'material' sections.

Depending on how many mason jars you want to add per board, measure appropriately for spacing. Each of my boards were about 40 inches so I separated my jars 8 inches apart and centered them using a ruler and a sharpie.

Step 2: The Foundation

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To secure my mason jars, I used metal clamps and mending plates. The mending plates secure the clamps to the board.

First, I marked the center, where the mending plate would be placed. I marked where each plate would drilled into the board using a sharpie. Then I drilled the bottom screw about 3/4 of the way into the board and slid the clamp underneath. Then I drilled the top screw in to secure the clamp. I repeated this until I had secured all of my clamps to the board.

Step 3: Finished Board

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Here you can see the clamps and plates screwed into the board.

Step 4: Install Mason Jars

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Using the clamps, I attached my mason jars to the piece of wood.

Step 5: Finished Planter

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Finally, I put my plants inside each mason jar and then used picture hanging hardware to hang the planter on the wall. This is what your planter will look like when you have finished.


 tpmike (author)2015-11-25

Amazing work...thanks for sharing...

ClaudioDonate (author)2015-01-10

What is the size of the mason jars? The capacity. And, what are the types of plants you used? Thanks.

jdc2450 (author)ClaudioDonate2015-09-11

Hey sorry for the very late response, but I just used soil and have been watering maybe once a week. I have now had the plants in regular sized mason jars for almost one year and they are still growing. I would suggest if you wanted larger plants to use the larger mason jars, also adding layers of charcoal and rocks will help. I did that in a later project which you can see if you copy this link

bvonmarx made it! (author)2015-02-22

i procrastinated to make this but once i started i finished pretty quick.
it was a bday gift and babe, as well as all the guests, absolutely loved it :3

jdc2450 (author)bvonmarx2015-09-11

That rules!!!

Mkcastillo (author)2015-09-05

This is awesome for none other but looking TOTALLY AWESOME. Its pretty just dont over water and considering the jar is see through overwatering shouldnt be an issue. The rock idea is cool too. If the roots grow theough the rocks that just makes a much cooler view!!!! Will be making this with the hubby today!!!!!

jdc2450 (author)Mkcastillo 2015-09-11

Yeah I have had the plants in for almost a year with no issue, watering them maybe once a week and they are perfect.

locoblondie (author)2015-04-16

that looks amazing I shall use this in the house ill be moving into soon

ClaudioDonate (author)2015-01-05

Great idea. How do you water them? Since there's no draining holes, just a bit of water so doesn't rot the plant roots? Men, I'm gonna do that! Thanks for the idea, got my vote.

ptuny (author)ClaudioDonate2015-01-06

Add an inch of charcoal to the bottom of the jar to filter the water.

jdc2450 (author)ptuny2015-01-07

I have some plants in mason jars already but they are succulents so they don't require much water. The charcoal idea is great and I might have to add this in. Thanks for the tip!!!

bloman (author)ClaudioDonate2015-01-06

Drop an ice cube in every few days to maybe a week? The melt time should allow for some absorption

zacker (author)ClaudioDonate2015-01-06

maybe put an inch or so of stones in the bottom so the water can drain from the soil? that'd be my guess... lol

ClaudioDonate (author)zacker2015-01-06

Even so, the water would have nowhere to go, and the roots will grow up to the stones. I guess that the way is to not over water it, so that evaporation and plant transpiration would take care of eliminating the water. Maybe... I don't know, my thumb is not very green...

zacker (author)ClaudioDonate2015-01-06

I guess how the stones work is you don't use enough water to actually fill up the jar. you use just enough to wet the soil and any little bit more will seep down into the stones and as the soil dries it should wick some moisture back up. if the plants roots grow down into the rocks I don't know what to cut them? lol or make a hole in the bottom of the top jar so the water can drip into the jar below it and water that plant... lol

patsheldon (author)2015-01-04

This would work great for those who don't have a lot of space, but want to bring some plants in the home! :) Thanks for the share!

jdc2450 (author)patsheldon2015-01-07

Yeah I live in a tiny apartment in the city, so it worked out great!

Wired_Mist (author)2015-01-04

Beautiful use of everyday materials ! You have a nice balance of reuse and greenery going on; Great job !

jdc2450 (author)Wired_Mist2015-01-07

Hey Thanks!

Catley (author)2015-01-06

These look great! I love the idea. Your directions are very easy to see and follow. Can you tell us what some of those plants are? I'm wondering how they get enough light, unless there is an unseen skylight up above, or they have a low light requirement.

I wish I could grow herbs this way in my kitchen, if a neighbor had not planted a big leafy tree/bush in front of the window that gets the most sun.

jdc2450 (author)Catley2015-01-07

haha that's funny because I wanted to do the same thing in my kitchen but there is a huge tree next to the window. As for the plants I just went to Lowes and found plants that didn't require direct sunlight.

JeffM6 (author)2015-01-06

What exactly does "and then used picture hanging hardware to hang the planter on the wall" entail? This is a pretty important step to miss? Please explain/details? Thanks. J

jdc2450 (author)JeffM62015-01-07

These are what I used to hang the planters.

jdc2450 (author)jdc24502015-01-07

Picture hanging hardware

bloman (author)2015-01-06

Im curious what sort of stuff you could grow in the jars. I have a place where One of these would work perfectly and I could mount a grow light above it, but I have no idea what to try and grow.

jdc2450 (author)bloman2015-01-07

I just found plants that didn't require direct sunlight. Because my apartment doesn't get the best light and the plants seem to be loving it.

Trustthapo (author)bloman2015-01-07

Pothos is a great beginner plant and there are several varieties in color and pattern to pick from. I'd stay away from orchids, bromeliads, and african violets as these can all be finicky with their watering and the jars don't allow for drainage of water.

3366carlos (author)2015-01-07

very nice. can you skip the metal plates by drilling two screws straight into the metal clamps?

jdc2450 (author)3366carlos2015-01-07

Yeah if you get small enough screws I don't see why not.

ryan.vitali (author)2015-01-06

I got to thinking about the drain hole issue that ClaudioDonate mentioned. What if you were to put a small drain hole in the bottom of the top row so it will drain down to the next row and then on the bottom mount a plastic tray to catch the water. Just a thought, what do ya think

Trustthapo (author)ryan.vitali2015-01-07

A wick from the top row's drainage hole to the pots below may be better. I've tried similar practices in watering plants on a top rack to trickle water onto pots below but it's much more messy than one may anticipate! A jute wick may keep the water from going everywhere.

bstorer (author)2015-01-06

Nice Job and I like your cat, too. LOL!

SparkyOR (author)2015-01-06

Nice job, you could put a small ledge strip under the jars and leave the clamps a tiny bit loose, in order to remove them, if you were just starting cuttings, so you could replace the water.

zacker (author)SparkyOR2015-01-06

or do what you said but use the jars to hold small stuff in the shop like nuts, bolts, screws, nails... for cuttings, I used to buy the colored wire from the craft store and wrap it around the necks of old, little bottles id find at the Good will store or at garage sales and such, then id hang them in the windows in the sun till the cuttings grew roots!

ClenseYourPallet (author)2015-01-05

Very cool. Works great In the space

sboja (author)2015-01-04

Looks gr8 mate :-)

jdc2450 (author)sboja2015-01-04

Thanks man!

BigRed1973 (author)2015-01-04

Wow! What a fabulous idea!!!! Thank you for sharing........

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