It’s no secret that we’re into mason jars – and come on, what’s not to love? They’re cheap, versatile and attractive. Three thumbs up! So, when we came across this DIY herb planter from Not Just a Housewife, we had to find out how it was done. The timing of our discovery was perfect because cold weather means those often-used fresh basil and cilantro plants need to move indoors to survive the winter frosts. So grab your favorite mason jar and make this project. It’s a lot simpler than it looks!
Tips from Not Just a Housewife:
You’ll need: potting soil, herbs or houseplants, pipe clamps, screws, screw driver, sandpaper, a wooden board (you’ll find this at your local hardware store), fish tank rocks or charcoal, paint (optional)
1. Gather your herbs. You can either transplant them from your garden or buy them from your local greenhouse. Note: You aren’t limited to herbs! If you just want the look but don’t care about growing herbs, opt for a few houseplants. This time of year, you can usually find them on sale.
2. First, sand your board with sandpaper until it’s smooth. If you want to paint or stain your wood, do it now!
3. Once your paint is dry (if you painted), lay your board flat and screw your pipe clamps into the board with your screwdriver and screws. Screw size will differ depending on your pipe clamps, so read the label before you buy your screws!
4. Place your mason jars into your pipe clamps and tighten them one at a time. Remember: The only thing holding that heavy, glass jar in the air is the clamp, so make it very tight! It helps if there are two people for this job, so one person can hold the jar in place while the other person tightens the clamps.
5. Before planting your herbs (or houseplants) place a few fish tank rocks in the bottom of each jar. The rocks will help with drainage, so you can water your plants without worrying about the jar filling up with water. If you don’t have fish tank rocks, charcoal works, too.