You guys, I’m sorry. I apologize for the post you are about to read. Let me just get this out of the way: I made hanging planters out of mason jars. See ’em back there?
I know. I know what you’re thinking. There are three possible reactions to this:
1) You are a blogger and you are thinking, “Yay! Another mason jar craft! I will add this to one of my 17 Pinterest boards devoted to mason jar crafts!”
2) You are a blogger and you are thinking, “Jesus H. Christ, ANOTHER FREAKING MASON JAR CRAFT?? How trite/unoriginal/clichéd. What happened, Sarah? You used to be cool.”
3) You are not a blogger, and you are wondering what the hell I’m blathering about, but at this point you’ll probably keep reading because blathering is not unusual for me, and there’s a 50/50 chance that there’s a punchline in here somewhere.
Let me just say that personally, I believe that the world does not need another mason jar craft. Not from me, anyway. I don’t have anything against them, but inventing “crafts” is not really what I do. My only defense is temporary insanity. That identity crisis that I joked about a while ago? The one where I lose the ability to justify my presence on this earth without a kitchen to build? I think it’s happening. I mean, the kitchen was done, and I had to take pretty pictures to show off how “done” the kitchen was, and I had an empty spot on the wall to fill, and I love to decorate with plants, and I had these blue mason jars that I bought on sale at Michael’s several months ago and then hid in a closet so that I wouldn’t have to admit to Chris that I spent money on empty jars for no other reason than I liked the color…and then I blacked out for a second and when I came to, I had made a mason jar craft.
If this trend continues, by next week I’ll be telling you a funny story about how I was found wandering naked down the scrapbooking aisle at Michael’s, muttering to myself while trying to decide whether I should cover myself in decoupage, or gold leaf.
Or maybe both.
But first, I am going to tell you how to make Hanging Mason Jar Planters, as if I am totally original and you couldn’t look at a picture and figure it out for yourself.
You will need:
- mason jars
- potting soil
- little plants
- picture wire
- screw hooks (and possibly anchors, depending on your wall)
Step 1: Cut a length of picture wire 4-5 inches longer than the circumference of your mason jar’s neck. Use the pliers to twist the wire tightly together around the neck of the mason jar.
Step 2: Twist the very ends of the wire together, forming a loop.
Step 3: Pour a 1-inch layer of rocks into your jar.
Step 4: Manhandle one of your plants into the jar. It probably won’t be pretty. Add a little water.
Step 5: Put a screw hook in the wall where you want your new Hanging Mason Jar Planter to go. If you’re not putting the screw directly into a stud, use an anchor — glass jars full of rocks and dirt are heavy.
And now for that punchline I mentioned earlier: here is what my Hanging Mason Jar Planters looked like only a couple of days after taking all those photos:
Um, yeah. So maybe when you do it? Use succulents.
Good luck! If you need me, I’ll be at Michael’s.