This easy DIY planter is a ideal for utilizing small “window realestate” (a.k.a. no window ledge or underutilized space around a sunny window).
Everyone knows that Hipsters made Mason Jars cool, so you probably have a few laying around. I have a few laying around and decided to make this Hanging Mason Jar planters after seeing the posts from another DIY blog (listed below). The Mason Jars are ideal for plants that don’t grow rapidly (as they could become root bound), require little soil and water.
I decided to test this out for myself because I was running out of space for my own plants, and my neighbor gave me a trimming from his spider plant that needed a pot.
Fortunately, I have a sunny kitchen window, and had all of the materials on hand.
You will need:
Soil, (rocks optional)
Plant (as described above)
10 G wire (thinner or thicker works, too)
Hook (pictured in the blog are small coat hooks)
Drill or hammer to nail/screw in hook.
Using the wire, carefully (the wire can be really sharp) bend the wire to wrap around underneath the threading of the Mason Jar. Once all the way around, turn the wire upward and make a loop for the handle of the planter. Loop the wire for the handle back down to the first section of wire. From there, cut the wire and secure the joint by wrapping the very end of the wire tightly. Repeat to the other side. See images from the articles for visual clarification.
Next, put the rocks in the very bottom (about 1/3 of jar), then add the soil (additional 1/3). I also put a cut up coffee filter between the rocks and dirt to preserve the appearance of a separation between the rocks and soil.
Carefully reach in and poke a large hole in the soil wide and deep enough for the plant to go on. After the plant is in, push the soil in around the plant to secure it in place.
Depending on where the light reaches, screw/nail in your hook, hang you plant, and presto!
My plant in the Mason Jar reminded me of a hippie, so I added some googly eyes for comedic effect. And, if you haven’t seen the SNL skit with Christopher Walken about plants, then here you you. You’re welcome. There is also a long standing joke in my family to add some googly eyes to particularly strange looking plants.
He will fit in really well in my kitchen.
All that is left for me is to make a few more, then decide on spacing before I can hang them up.
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