368 responses

  1. Monica
    August 31, 2011

    I really like the look of this project. Just be careful of mold/mildew in the containers since they don’t have drainage.

    • rebecca
      October 7, 2011

      this will not work, but still a great idea with some adjustments. herbs need about 3 hrs direct sun/not too much more and there is no drainage (rocks won’t help). Keep the set up: empty the jars, fill with water, take fresh clippings of herb you are going to use soon for cooking (they’ll last longer than in the fridge) OR replace the jars with pots and grow african violets which do great inside :) Still a great idea and looks really cute!!!

      • nancy
        October 22, 2011

        I had the same fears. When the herbs are gone, you can turn the jars into adorable vases for cut flowers, cut herbs, etc! very cute. :)

      • Paul
        December 19, 2011

        What about this idea: put gravel on the bottom of the jar and use a drinking straw to let water evaporate. Would this work?

      • Trish
        March 18, 2012

        I think your idea is great and I don’t see why it wouldn’t work….

      • Geena
        December 21, 2011

        So I haven’t tried it yet, but a friend of mine said that in addition to using rocks at the bottom, a thin layer of ground up charcoal between the rocks and soil helps to control mold and bacteria growth….worth giving it a shot! :)

      • tiffany
        January 9, 2013

        it does work! :) i made one for herbs and put it on my porch and it did just fine all summer and into the fall. I watered carefully, and did add rocks at the bottom. The herbs in the jars did as well as the herbs in my containers and herb spiral and it was nice to have them right outside my front door!

      • Theresa
        June 14, 2014

        This will and can work with rocks and careful watering. I have done this type of growing in non draining pots.You add rock and gravel…water carefully. I have several indoor plants that have thrived for a long time and doubled in size. You MUST make sure they have proper lighting. I am making this and putting it right between 2 windows in my kitchen. I am sure they will do fine, as others have in the past. Don’t say it won’t work until you’ve tried it all :D

      • Jason Marshall
        September 2, 2014

        can You be more detailed

      • SYLVIA
        October 3, 2014


    • Bridget
      February 11, 2012

      Yes, it looks wonderful, but does need a little adjustment. At least, add some gravel into the bottom of the jars so they can have a little drainage. Be careful not to overwater.
      Also, I hope you have a lot of light in your hallway, or they will not thrive.
      GREAT idea, though! :-)

  2. Carole @ The Blue Chateau
    August 31, 2011

    OMG – this is brilliant! Can’t wait to try it with herbs. Oh, and I LOVE mason jars. Thanks for the inspiration!

  3. Jessica
    August 31, 2011

    LOVE this idea. It would make a wall so fresh! I think I want to make one of these for my kitchen – and plant herbs! Pretty and practical :o) Thanks for sharing and being so inspiring!

  4. DogsMom
    August 31, 2011

    I could see the jars filled with other things – marbles or colorful plastic toys or small balls of yarn – you could change it each season!

    even beans of different colors, or jelly beans, candy corn,

    I am sure there are a zillion ideas

    • Shannon Williams
      December 26, 2011

      You just gave me an amazing idea for a head board!!!! Same set up — put with light colored or translucent glass beads with a flameless candle inside and on either side of the jars put in a sliver coat hanger and hang a black and white picture in a black frame….

      • Sue J
        March 20, 2012

        Saw jars with glow in the dark paint on the inside. And clear marbles. That would look cool at night…but would the light keep you awake? Or in the bathroom?

  5. Missy
    August 31, 2011

    Cute! I think I might try this for herbs! As Monica pointed out there isn’t any drainage, so watch out for mold. An inch or so of gravel or small stones at the bottom would help though!

  6. Brandy Miller
    August 31, 2011

    That is so creative! Amazing.

  7. The Detailed Decorator
    August 31, 2011

    Love this idea! Very cute but yes watch out for mold.

  8. Comeca Jones
    August 31, 2011

    Great idea!

  9. Jen @ Bungalov
    August 31, 2011

    Fun idea. They look so cute and looks like they will gets lots of light! :) LOVely!

  10. Michelle
    August 31, 2011

    I’ve been watching your site for a while now. I love everything you do! I’ve been wanting to plant some mint in my house for a while now, and this gave me some great ideas! Thanks! I look forward to your hallway reveal.

  11. Mindi
    August 31, 2011

    I LOVE this idea. So creative and organic. I am trying to figure out where I could do it! Thanks for sharing! :)

    • Rusty
      May 24, 2012

      I am going to try it on my wood fence in back yard.

  12. Stacy
    August 31, 2011

    The only plants I have ever kept alive are 2 ivy plants in my kitchen. I am going on 4 years (knock on wood) and they are in planters that have zero drainage. They key is not not over water and to let it get completely dry before watering again. I only water my ivy plant every 2 or 3 weeks. So far so good.

    • Samara
      September 20, 2014

      Ooooooooo!!!! You’ve given me an AWSOME idea, using Stacy’s original idea, just tweaked a little. Idea/set up #1: In stead of two rows I’d do it with one row and instead of herbs (I’d love to grow them indoors but I can kill a Catus indoors lol, outdoors? I have absolutly NO issues, I’ve got green hands, never mind just a green thumb lol) anyways, instead of herbs I’d borrow your idea of ivy….which is perfect timing becuase I have some left over from this summers project of planting enough ivory to cover a hideous state chain Link fence in my backyard (my neighbor put a 6ft wooden fence behind it, so I have the state fence I can’t take down then behind it a 6ft wooden fence….fugly) i still have a few 2in x 2 in wide x 2.5in deep, that would work perfectly in mason jars and they have the added bonus of being durable, YAY.
      IDEA/set up #2: put the mason jars on individual pieces of woods, make 6 and set them up in a heart shape on a wall in the kitchen. When they start getting full they’ll naturally (maybe ;) with a little training) the heart shape will start growing in and be more distinguished.
      Thanks guys for this lovely idea :)
      I’m sure my husband won’t but shhhh that’s ok because the finished project will so be worth it, like usual

  13. Ginger @ Small Town USA
    August 31, 2011

    Very cute. How creative!

  14. Brooke
    August 31, 2011

    Love it!

  15. Bethany
    August 31, 2011

    This idea is adorable!!! I love all the different things mason jars can be used for. Thanks for sharing such a great idea and good luck with your little plants!

  16. Megan
    August 31, 2011

    Came over from Beneath My Heart, LOVE this idea! Just might have to do it in my house!! –Just need to figure out where!

  17. Katie@Little Things Bring Smiles
    August 31, 2011

    love the look of these! crossing my fingers they stay alive :) i can relate to killing things..my ferns outside are still looking great, hoping to have them through fall!

    great idea, thanks for sharing!

  18. Kara
    August 31, 2011

    Amazing! Such a great idea! I want to do this in my home and our bakery!

  19. Ellie
    August 31, 2011

    I LOVE THIS! Wouldn’t it be perfect for herbs? Now I just need to find a space in my kitchen… Thanks for the inspiration!

  20. Heather@The Black’s Best
    August 31, 2011

    This looks great and very economical. I agree that these would be perfect for herbs…especially during the winter when they can’t be grown outside! Great idea!

  21. Vanessa
    August 31, 2011

    Cleaver! Love it! I pray those plants make it too.


  22. Rachel @ Linesacrossmyface
    August 31, 2011

    Gorgeous and so creative. I love this. I love your blog and I always look forward to what you are going to do next! I am the same way about houseplants, haha. Hopefully these ones will make it.

  23. Sherry Smyth
    August 31, 2011

    Great idea on this theme!

  24. Cristy
    August 31, 2011

    I saw it here first, but wouldn’t be surprised to find it on a page in PB or Antrho or the likes of. What a great idea. Once the roots start spreading out, it will be even more interesting (even educational for the little ones).
    I don’t think mold is any concern, you can SEE if it is wet or
    dry, takes the guess work out of when to water! love it!

  25. Jessica
    August 31, 2011

    Oh my gosh I LOVE this!! I am so doing this in my kitchen! I have the perfect wall and have always wanted to do some herbs. Thanks for the inspiration!

  26. amelia
    August 31, 2011

    too too cool. love these stace! you’re a genius!

  27. Mah
    September 1, 2011

    Fantastic idea:)
    I love it!

  28. Jess
    September 1, 2011

    This project turned out great. I might try something like this with herbs in my kitchen… Thanks for sharing. – Jess at OlyMomma

  29. Laura @ Laura’s Crafty Life
    September 1, 2011

    This is a fantastic idea. I especially like the idea of using it with herbs in the kitchen. Functional and decorative = perfect!

  30. Jenny
    September 1, 2011

    Oh my goodness, I absolutely LOVE THIS! It’s beautiful and organic and lovely. I would love if you would link it up with my linky party, Creative Me Monday at The Southern Institute! Here’s the link:
    Hope to see you there!


  31. Andrea
    September 1, 2011

    this is an awesome idea! just had to pin it! great photos too. i shared it with a friend who wants to have mason jars at her wedding. FYI – I came over via your submission to The Shabby Nest’s link party. Those link parties really do work sometimes. :)

  32. MJ @ MD School Mrs
    September 2, 2011

    Pinning immediately! I adore this! If only there were a window in my kitchen for some natural light…the next house…the next house… ;) Thanks for sharing!

  33. Esther
    September 2, 2011

    Wow! I made some just like these early this spring after finding a large amount of Mason jars at DI. Mine have been growing beautiful little wildflowers this summer on my kitchen wall. But, I think when they die off this fall I will swap them out for herbs! (Oh, and i’ve never had any mold issues!)

  34. Tyler J. McCall (@tylerjmccall)
    September 2, 2011

    I love this idea!!! I know the perfect place where something like this could go in my kitchen too.

    It could also be cute to plant succulents in the jars instead of herbs – I think they tend to be a bit more hardy and they would still be neat and have visual intrest.

    Such a great idea!

  35. Rosie @ Dogs and Grandkids
    September 3, 2011

    Love this idea. I have some pallet wood that would work great.

  36. Amy jackson
    September 3, 2011

    What an awesome idea:-) I love my fresh basil, its the only plant I’ve managed to keep alive, so now maybe with this idea I can have even more fresh herbs!

  37. jacky @ small garden love
    September 3, 2011

    What a great idea! I don’t have mason jars but i’m thinking I could probably use pasta sauce jars?!

    • Kate a.k.a. Gwenelle
      January 11, 2012

      Pasta sauce jars sound brilliant! And pickle jars, too. And repurposing the jars like that instead of buying mason jars would make the project even cheaper. Sweet!

    • Lisa Kennedy
      February 11, 2013

      Kate, I save all of my pasta jars and that’s what I’m going to use. Also, you can lightly paint or glaze the jars if there’s writing or images on them (under the paper) that you don’t want to see, but typically the jars are pretty basic. I can’t wait to do mine!!!

  38. corie
    September 4, 2011

    This is such a great idea! I’ve been wanting to make an indoor herb garden but have to Great Danes and was afraid they would be able to reach the plants any where I placed them. I think I may borrow this idea. Feel free to stop by my link party any time and show off your great ideas http://stirizsisters.blogspot.com/

  39. Pam B @ pamcakes and eggs
    September 4, 2011

    This is amazing! I absolutely love this idea and the colors.

  40. Two Tails with Matt & Ali
    September 4, 2011

    LOVE IT!! So rustic! I might have to make one and I know just were to put it! In our old post and beam kitchen! I’ve been dying for a great idea for a large empty wall. Thanks!

  41. Mel the Crafty Scientist
    September 4, 2011

    I LOVE this! Such a creative, fun way of displaying lots of gorgeous “living art.” I have got to find some room to make something like this myself! : )

  42. April
    September 4, 2011

    Love this!

  43. Nike@ChooseToThrive
    September 4, 2011

    Love, love, love this! I’m on a total Mason Jar kick right now and adore the simplicity. Praying for your plants … :)

  44. eri
    September 4, 2011

    re: first comment…just put rocks in the bottom for drainage. that will help!

  45. Julian Cassell
    September 5, 2011

    Hi Stacy,

    Great idea and well presented. Those ‘pipe lamp things’ we call jubilee clips in the UK – and I’ve often wondered what use the really big ones really are? Well now I’ve got my answer. Great site, cool ideas, and well presented.

    Many thanks,


  46. Ela
    September 5, 2011

    Wow! This is a great idea. I love it.

  47. Nicole @ DavisDomestications
    September 5, 2011

    I’ve seen takes on the mason jar holders, just not for plants/herbs. I love it! Thanks for sharing….I’ll credit you whenever I get to do this awesome project! (If you only knew how long I’ve wanted to actually grow my own herbs… lol)

  48. Ellen Christian
    September 5, 2011

    I love this – how cute!

  49. Gini Walker
    September 5, 2011

    Love Love Love!!!! I will be doing this one..Great idea :D

  50. Trisha
    September 5, 2011

    These are really cute. If the plants die, you could paint or use tissue paper or (even leave clear)on the jars and put in battery operated tea lights or candles. JoANNs has really cute realistic looking battery operated candles.

  51. Emily S.
    September 6, 2011

    Another idea would be to intersperse some mason jars with actual canned items. Of course, that idea only works if you can or have canned items from a friend.

  52. Mommyof2Girlz/StephD
    September 6, 2011

    Fabulous idea and just what I needed thank you! Lovely blog, so wonderful to meet you :)

  53. Stephanie
    September 6, 2011

    Adoralbe! You definitely need rocks in the bottom and have to under-water. You could also use these as holders for kitchen tools. I love you blog!

  54. Cheryl’s Barn
    September 8, 2011

    I love this idea, thanks for posting!

  55. Holly L
    September 8, 2011

    Of course I LOVE this…I am so obsessed with mason jars! LOVE it! Thanks for linking it up at my place!

  56. Melinda
    September 8, 2011

    Cut flowers!!

  57. donna
    September 9, 2011

    I think this is a great idea! I live in a small space and have not been able to come up with and idea myself for herbs! And this will be cheerful in the winter too!

  58. christian Johns
    September 9, 2011

    I really love this and I was going to use them in place of window boxes. I went to Lowes and the garden guy said that the plants would die because or root rot. I read some of the comments and I like the idea of rocks in the bottom. I think I will also try a small tube inserted before putting in dirt. This might help bring air to the bottom. Thanks for such a cute idea!!

  59. Anah
    September 10, 2011

    I absolutely LOVE this!! I’m so going to do it! Being a gardener, I was also wondering about the lack of drainage. So if you find that you do need a drain hole, this is a great tutorial for how it could be done. (Probably, since I haven’t drilled mason jars, but I bet the principle is the same.) It’s from one of my fav. websites (and is not mine), so have fun perusing it, if you want to and haven’t already. :) http://vintagerevivals.blogspot.com/2010/10/crafting-with-starswinning-tutorial.html Thanks again for this fabulous idea, I really am going to use it! :)

    • Sasha
      September 12, 2011

      I wonder also if some pebbles at the bottom might help the soil itself not get waterlogged.

  60. Anah
    September 10, 2011

    Okay, so I just noticed on Vintage Revivals, that you’re one of Mandi’s BBFFs. Too funny. Let us know how it goes if you decide to try the drilling mason jars thing. We’re moving soon, so I don’t get to try it now. :( But I definitely will as soon as we’re settled. I’m totally going to go check out the rest of your site now. Happy Day! :)

  61. Meghan
    September 11, 2011

    This is so darling! Thanks for sharing!

  62. Amanda
    September 11, 2011

    What a great project! :) I’ve featured this post on Craft Gossip here:

    If you would like a “featured by” button, you can grab one here:

  63. Ann Gorman
    September 12, 2011

    Oh love this going to repost this on my ‘Garden Inspiration’ Page on Fb http://www.facebook.com/pages/Garden-Inspiration/188467601223311?sk=wall

    and don’t worry my house plants don’t survive well either outside plants grow great inside they die I think its the water or that’s my excuse anyway only plant that survives and trives though is spider plants

  64. Betsy @ AnnaNimmity
    September 13, 2011

    What a great idea! This would make winter cooking so much more enjoyable, especially for those parts of the country that are covered in snow for months! I found you on Pinterest :)

  65. Jan
    September 15, 2011

    Wonderful idea! I want to make a vertical one to go inside a couple of my window frames. They’re about 5 inches deep, just plain sheet rock. It would solve so a couple of problems, it would keep the plants in the window near the light, but off the window sill where my cats like to lounge!

  66. dylan
    September 19, 2011

    Great idea, however. What about drainage? Plants need to be able to drain the run off, other wise they will get stem rot and then you will have dead plants. Something to consider.?

  67. Jessica @ Gloss
    September 20, 2011

    Love it! Plus it doesn’t take up counter space!

  68. Kari
    September 20, 2011

    What kinds of herbs did you use?

  69. Kari
    September 20, 2011

    Nevermind, they’re not herbs, are they? They were pinned as that on pinterest.

  70. Amy {The Idea Room}
    September 21, 2011

    Wow! I mean…WOW! This is such an awesome project! Love it and I will pray for them :) Thanks for linking up!

  71. liz
    September 22, 2011

    We would love for you to come show off your project in Mason Jar Mania!

  72. Emily
    September 24, 2011

    This is the coolest idea! I live in a tiny apartment with no outdoor space and not a ton of sunlight (geez, that sounds depressing – it’s really not!), so I made one of these, planted herbs in it, and put it on the wall under my kitchen cabinets with a grow light mounted under the cabinet above it. It’s really cute, now I just hope I can manage not to kill them. Thanks so much for the idea!

  73. Margaret McCullough
    October 2, 2011

    Totally love this idea!! However, I thought I would wait til you had it up for a bit before finding out if you are as happy with it as you were when you first did it. How are the plants making out in the jars? Is there enough light in the hallway? Would you do anything differently? I was wondering is the plants are getting water logged since there’s no drainage. I so want to do this!!

  74. Mª José
    October 4, 2011

    It´s a great idea. I love it. Congratulations

  75. Laura
    October 7, 2011

    Found a picture of your jars on Pinterest and loved the look and wanted to see if the herbs had survived at all…

    I’ve had this site bookmarked for a while for homemade self-watering plants. I’m sure you’d be able to put these on your wall. I’m going to try these containers with your display out on my balcony.


    Thanks for the ideas!

  76. 4polinka
    October 8, 2011

    The look of this project IS great. But have you have any problems with over watering plants? Everybody suggest do have a drain for ANY plants. I really would LOVE to hear your experience on this/

  77. kristiface
    October 12, 2011

    If you still want to keep the plant idea, you might try doing it as a little wall/mason jar terrarium. Those are supposed to be pretty easy to keep up, and there are tons of tutorials on line for building a little terrarium. You could keep the mason jar/wall set up and there will be less watering and no drainage issue to be concerned with!

    Otherwise, great idea! I’m thinking I’ll adapt this for my bathroom, which needs something cute and botanical.

  78. Caitlin
    October 12, 2011

    You can add some pretty stones to the bottom of the jars for help with drainage. What a wonderful way to grow herbs. Even using fake flowers and moss would look beautiful.

  79. Jen V.
    October 13, 2011

    Just wanted to let you know that I love this idea! Liked it so much that I pinned it on Pinterest and posted it on my blog post that shared a few of my favorites.

  80. Nancy
    October 15, 2011

    You sound like me, i kill everything:(
    Love this idea, my husband is a great cook & appreciates fresh herbs.

  81. Elise
    October 21, 2011

    This has to be the coolest thing I’ve ever seen!

  82. Natasha
    October 25, 2011

    LOVE this idea! We tried to make this at home.. but one problem.. how did you get the adjustable pipe clamps secured to the wood board? We tried hammering a nail through the metal but no go. My roommate and I are worried we’ll ruin the power drill (which isn’t ours) if we try drilling through the metal to afix it to the wood. Suggestions?

    • Allie
      June 6, 2012

      Im having the same problem! Did you guys figure it out?

      • Leah
        October 27, 2012

        We had the same problem, so what we did was put the screws directly on top and bottom of the clamps, using large washers on each screw to “hold” the clamp in place against the wood. This way we didnt have to drill through the metal. We’ve had this project up for months and they’re still secure even with heavy rocks in the bottom.

        The plants on the other hand have been very difficult to keep alive. We’ve had many of them die even with rocks in the bottom. The herbs that fared the best were 1) Mint 2) Rosemary and 3) Peppers (jalapeño habanero etc.). More delicate plants like cilantro and parsley didn’t do well at all.

  83. Trish
    November 2, 2011

    I’m practically tingling over this! I LOVE it. I can’t wait to make some of my own and put them up all over the house. :)

  84. Jeau
    November 7, 2011
  85. Jenny
    November 12, 2011

    How in the world did you screw the hose clamps onto the wood? I’ve tried everything I can think of, and nothing will work. What is your trick?

  86. Kim
    November 13, 2011

    Any idea what size jars she used?

  87. Sue
    November 17, 2011

    Very cute. Could be used to root plants, or grow Ivys In water.

  88. Eva
    November 23, 2011

    I like the idea but I’m not sure how well it works for plants. Roots generally don’t like light so I’m not sure exactly how well it works but that’s a cool form of storage. I could see it for holding assorted shapes of pasta or beads for something like that

  89. Heather Dee
    December 1, 2011

    LOVE this! I had been considering using the exact materials to make hanging cups for bathroom storage…we have a cubby above the toilet in my daughters’ bathroom, the shelves are too narrow for clumsy little girls, everything ends up in the toilet! I wondered if the vent clamps would work, I am dying to try it now!! I think I will use plastic tumblers in mine tho ;)

  90. Caitlin @ Vegetarian in the City
    December 6, 2011

    this is such a great idea!! i found your blog on The Kind Life & love it! thanks for the idea.

  91. Lindsay Kudia
    December 6, 2011

    I’ve followed your blog for awhile, and I even have your button on my blog. I was so excited to see your mason jar project on another blog favorite of mine, Alicia Silverstone’s The Kind Life! (http://www.thekindlife.com/post/my-kind-gift-guide) Congratulations! You’ve appealed to the masses, including the vegan community!

  92. Lauren M
    December 7, 2011

    This is adorable! They would look cute with succulents in them as well (and those would be much easier to take care of… low maintenance)!

  93. Tenis
    December 11, 2011

    I simply love this idea!I love to garden and this would be a wonderful place for herbs! Thank you so much

  94. Jenni
    December 11, 2011

    Hi! I’d really like to make something like this for my sister-in-law for Christmas, but I don’t know how to attach the clamps to the board. Can you walk me through that a little bit? I’d really appreciate it! Love love love your blog!

  95. Kim
    December 12, 2011

    Love this! A way to have some plants and not have my cats get at them!

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    December 25, 2011


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  98. Brandon
    January 1, 2012

    Anyone know what plants would work with this set up, I was thinking succulents?

    • Sissi
      September 14, 2013

      Try epiphytes. Bromeliads, orchids, resurrection fern, etc.

  99. Holly
    January 10, 2012

    I pinned your picture of these lovely planters. I clicked on the site and it went to camilllestyle.com but somebody wrote me a comment telling me the original place the photo came from was here. I’m so glad she did. i am a follower and fan of yours. i posted your pin as an inspiration to one of my projects. Thank you for the wonderful idea.

    Holly @ Down to Earth Style

  100. Anna
    January 17, 2012

    I *love* this idea – I saw this elsewhere on the web & became enamored, and just now found your original post.
    I’ve featured this on my Radical Homemaking site, http://patchworkradicals.weebly.com – thanks for the great post!

  101. Darcy
    January 23, 2012

    Looks great! Potential problem though…plant roots don’t like light.

    • Erica
      February 3, 2012

      I had made a very similar planter like yours and I have a solution to the drainage problem. You will need a small saucer (slightly larger in diameter than your jar), a machine screw, 2 nuts to fit the screw, and 4 rubber washers. You will also need to get a diamond tipped drill bit the same size or slightly larger than the diameter of the machine screw(available at any hardware store) to drill glass. A regular power drill will do the job.
      Drill 4 holes of the bottom of your jar (one in the center, and three “evenly” dispersed around the bottom) and one the center of the saucer. Put a washer on the screw, then put the screw through the saucer (the head of the screw should be on the bottom side of the saucer). Put another washer onto the bolt. Now thread the nut down the bolt to the plate. It doesn’t have to be super tight. Using your fingers to screw it on will be good enough. It just needs to be tight enough to make a watertight seal with the rubber washer, but if you tighten it too much it will break your saucer. Now put on another washer. Then put the bolt through the bottom of the jar. Add the last washer and then tighten the last nut onto the bolt down to the jar. Again, this does not have to be super tight. And it does not have to have a water tight seal like the saucer did.

      Now you have a suspended drip plate and drainage holes! Just don’t over water the jars because your saucer will run over! Fill with some charcoal, pebbles and soil (as usual) and plant to your hearts content! I sell these in my little shop in my hometown and I haven’t had a complaint yet!

  102. Kelly
    February 7, 2012

    I love this idea! Im planning to do it and have all the tools. How did you screw the metal clasps to the board?

  103. Deebi27
    February 11, 2012

    Love this…I am thinking in the kitchen need a window and make those plants herbs! I am passing this off to my daughter is getting ready to close on a home! Thanks!

  104. Anna @ hiddenponies
    February 11, 2012

    LOVE this, and I know exactly where to put it – thanks for the great idea, can’t wait to peruse the rest of your blog :)

  105. Dani F
    February 14, 2012

    This was such a cute looking project, I collected all of the things for it, and then realized that I don’t know how you attached the metal clamp to the board. Any chance you could talk me through it?

    • Stacy
      February 14, 2012

      I got a scrap piece of wood and held the clamp over it. I got a nail and hammered through one of the slats. (the clamps have a small section with all these little slots) The nail going through it opened up the slot enough that I was able to screw the screw through it. I did 2 hole per clamp. If you only do one, then it will move. I hope that helps! I

      • Allie
        June 6, 2012

        Ahhh! That’s how you did it!

  106. Shelley
    February 18, 2012

    It’s true that the plants might struggle, but I can imagine 4 air ferns and couple tea lights to break up the rows.

  107. Jayne
    February 27, 2012

    I love this. We have more mason jars than I know what to do with. Now I know what I can do with some of them. And I know right where I’m going to put them!!! Thanks for the idea!

  108. Megan
    February 27, 2012

    I just made this for my house and it looks GREAT!!!! Love the idea!

  109. KellyH
    February 29, 2012

    I just found this post via Pinterest. I was wondering how the plants turned out. Did they live/grow ok for you in the jars?


  110. Heather
    February 29, 2012

    It does need a tiny drain hole at least…I would recommend adding a little shelf of wood under the jars with the jars lids to catch the water that drips out. It can be easily dumped out, but all plants need drainage. Otherwise they’re sitting in their own waste….that’s probably one of the reasons your houseplants die. No offense, it’s a great idea I may still and put right under a window sill…but need holes. Slowly and surely with a drill and some water and it’s fine. Oh the usefulness of the internet.

  111. Rachelle Sapp
    March 4, 2012

    thanks for this idea! I am an active member in the FFA (future farmers of America)and i and going to do this as a topic for a contest with my twin sister! the contest is called Ornamental Horticulture Demonstrations! i found this picture on Pinterest.com and thought it would be perfect! so we are going to compete and i will let you know how we do! thanks for sharing such an amazing idea! very rustic and vibrant!!! :) love it thanks again

  112. April-Anna
    March 14, 2012

    In theory this is a good idea but I would be concerned about the plants roots being able to breathe… I think that it looks like mold waiting to happen… However, it is pretty…

    Do you know what I think would grow well in that type of environment is watercress or any other type of plant that lives in a very moist environment in nature… You could also consider air-plants or cactus, and just be careful about not over watering…

  113. chiara kuhns
    March 21, 2012

    you are just the person i wanted to meet…. what a wonderful talent you have and an inspiration you are…can’t wait to read more… my sister sent this to me, and i think i’m going to be hooked on this more than Pinterest!
    thank you!

  114. Maureen
    April 20, 2012

    I realize you actually posted this last summer even though I only found it today. I love the idea, but I wondered if they grew well in the glass over time? You mentioned that you have a blak thumb, as do I, so I figured I would ask how it worked out in the long run. That’s in advance fr letting me know!

    Love your blog and am now following!

  115. Emilia
    April 27, 2012

    This is a fantastic idea. I think it would be great for herbs too. I would agree with other readers about adding some drainage though, that was one of my first thoughts when you said you have a hard time keeping plants alive :)

  116. Jandira Jouberth
    May 2, 2012

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  117. Mari
    May 9, 2012

    I highlighted this cute craft on my little blog at http://wadelmat.blogspot.com/ Thanks!

  118. River
    May 12, 2012

    I drilled holes in the bottom of my mason jars for draining purposes!

  119. Leah
    May 23, 2012


  120. Carrie
    May 28, 2012

    Great ideas!! Though my only uncertainty is that very often there are holes at the bottom of all garden pots to allow excessive water run through so the roots won’t be damaged and get rotten. I don’t think that we can do the same with glass jars, so perhaps we need to very careful with how much we water?!

  121. Sherry
    May 31, 2012

    Try a variation of this project, by using Colored Sand sold by Crayola crayons. It comes in many colors and can be added with different layers and patterns when you pour the sand into the jars, then add Silk Greenery or Silk Flowers, or Dried flowers is very beautiful if you do not have a green-thumb or much light for live plants. I am doing both !
    Let the kids help!

  122. Shannan
    June 2, 2012

    wait, so I’m trying this right now, and I’m having a hell of a time screwing the clamps to the board- did you punch holes in them first? or do I have the wrong type of screw? wtf. hahaha. :) Great project.

    • Stacy Risenmay
      June 6, 2012

      I mentioned this in the post but I hammered a nail through the little slits before to bend them open a bit. I put a scrap piece of wood under so the nail had something to go into. Once it was opened up a bit the screw went right in. :)

  123. Tiffany
    June 13, 2012

    I love this idea! I saw a few other readers suggest adding a layer of rock and charcoal to the bottom. That would help keep the plants alive longer, no doubt. I just wanted to add that when they say charcoal, they don’t mean the kind you buy at the grocery store for grilling out. Grilling charcoal is often infused with lighter fluid and other chemicals that your plants will suffer from. Instead, go to your local garden center and pick up a bag of horticultural charcoal. It should be less than $5 a bag. I add a layer to all my terrariums and have never had mold problems. Growing plants in jars with no drainage is not a new idea and it is possible to do. That being said, some plants will do better in these kinds of containers than others. If your herbs can’t handle the moisture, there are many number of plants that will do just fine.

    Keep up the good work, I really love this idea!

  124. Ernesto
    June 24, 2012

    Estéticamente muy lindas, pero….. No tienen drenaje y el exceso de agua mata las plantas (por falta de oxígeno en las raíces). Los frascos son transparentes y con la luz formarán hongos, Deberías pintarlos de negro o cubrirlos con nylon negro. Pero la decoración se perdería.

  125. Theo
    July 10, 2012

    I tried planting some green plants in mason jars last year, they were dying in a few weeks. :( had to move them to pots to save them. (1/4 died completely)

    It looked really cool though, and might work with smaller plants such as herbs. :)

  126. christ
    July 27, 2012

    Oh my god!! i really love what you do, and even i don’t really get everything you said (i’m french, sorry!!) yours photos speak so lovely! your website is a really fresh air and so inspiring (i don’t know if i use the good word…)! thank you for thoses good ideas!!!

  127. Rebecca
    August 15, 2012

    How did they go? Did you need a drain hole?

  128. Edita
    September 3, 2012

    This is a brilliant idea. I love how simple and home-y it looks. It can be made even more useful when you put herbs in the planter. I think the mason jars here would look terrific as planters too.

  129. GM
    September 22, 2012

    I am trying to make this and I have all the pieces but I’m not understanding how you are supposed to screw the clamps to the wood. The clamp is made of steel. I saw another blog that states to just keep the clamp in place by screwing one above and one below but that seems so unstable to me. Help, anyone?

  130. Christina
    November 17, 2012

    Could you do this with herbs? Maybe in the kitchen with cilantro, basil, etc?

  131. Christine
    January 20, 2013

    I had to find this post to see how you did it. I mounted clamps to my porch railing ( I put cans in them to start seeds ) and I had the HARDEST time getting screws through them! I ended up using picture hanging nails because they were thin enough to fit through the spaces. How did you mount them? BTW, I love the look :-)

  132. Gloria Snyder
    February 22, 2013

    Love the idea and hopefully will be making my own. Thank you for sharing.

  133. Sarah
    February 27, 2013

    I used this idea on the wall on my verandah but did it somewhat differently. I drilled holes in the bottom of each jar for drainage, then put decorative coloured rocks on the bottom before adding the soil. I also painted the clamps green which made them look really nice in the end. It looks really nice and my plants are thriving!

  134. Michelle
    March 9, 2013

    You could try large gravel in the bottom of the jar with an old screen separating the soil from it. Then, place some terrarium moss on the soil with the plants/herbs. Mist, don’t water, and only when the moss is dry.

  135. Rangiroa
    May 9, 2013

    Bring the outside inside. Ka mutu …! Fantastic!

  136. Anarette
    August 2, 2013

    Love the simplicity!

  137. Sissi
    September 14, 2013

    It’s cute, but plants need air circulation in the roots – and drainage is a must. I really don’t see how these plants could survive for long. This would be a great way to grow epiphytes. There are many that would work. Just replace the soil with moss or bark, mist them when needed and you’ve have fuss-free plants that might actually survive.

  138. Hélène Jaussely
    November 16, 2013

    J’aime beaucoup ! Quelle bonne idée ! Bravo pour votre créativité.

  139. Patty
    December 12, 2013

    Where can I get the pipe clamps from?

  140. Fiona
    December 17, 2013

    Level of difficulty: HARD. At least for my husband and I it was. We could not get screws the go through the pipe clamps, but oh how we tried. We tried screws, nails, pliers, screwdrivers, nothing at all would penetrate the slits in that clamp.So, our solution was to buy some mending plates and screw them onto the board vertically with the clamp in between the holes that are screwed down. We got two clamps securely fastened to the board, i was ecstatic! But then on the third clamp the screws kept messing up (yes i am blaming the screws) and we wound up with three screws broken off into the wood. Now its late and we’re tired and we’re giving this as a christmas gift tomorrow, so hubby drove across town to a friends house to hack off the ugly end of the board. We’re going to have a two jar planter, apparently. So, awesome idea, but definitely wasnt easy peasy for us. We will definitely try it again now that we have figured out the mending plate trick.

    • P.
      February 19, 2014

      Did you try drilling the hole with a bit for metal?

    • P.
      February 19, 2014

      Did you try drilling the holes with a bit for metal?

  141. Tonya D
    January 27, 2014

    What a cool idea! I’m a fan of silk plants (cause I always kill the real ones too), but I may try this project. Thanks!

  142. Queenmamaof3
    January 28, 2014

    I love this idea! I’m tired of the brimming junk drawer, so I’m seeing something similar on my wall with scissors and pencils and maybe a hook for the tape dispenser. I might still put some colorful stones in the bottom to make it more decorative.

  143. P.
    February 19, 2014

    I too love this idea but not for plants. I’m going to make one for my kitchen utencils near my stove. And the great thing too is you just unscrew to wash them.

  144. Crystal
    March 4, 2014

    So, can you explain how you screwed the pipe clamps too the board? I can’t figure that part ut. thanks!

    • Stacy
      March 7, 2014

      I put the clamp on a scrap piece of wood and then hammered a nail through the slit to force it to widen and open up more. I chose a nail that was roughly the same size as the screws I would be using to make sure the opening would work for the screws.

  145. Alexa
    May 28, 2014

    How did you get the holes in the clamps? Can you buy them that way?

  146. Tanya
    June 2, 2014

    I’m Learning This Post. Really Loved This Ideas.

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  149. Rilane
    June 20, 2014

    Great idea for recycling unwanted jars . And great decoration :)

  150. Dawn
    October 3, 2014

    What size Hose clamps did you use?

  151. Jennifer Johnson
    November 28, 2014

    What kind of baskets did you use to mount it? It looks like it might be heavy. :-)

  152. lisa dumaual
    November 30, 2014

    i have looked and looked for the instructions for this project. I need the step-by-step with measurements and places to purchase the materials if possible. i plan to make this this week and give it to my daughter for christmas. from your photos, it looks like the same size you made will also work for what i need. please reply at your earliest opportunity if you can…i will be most grateful :)))) this is perfect for a gift and i might just make one for myself! thank you :)

  153. Monique Wax
    December 3, 2014

    i was wondering if you had holes in the planters that u made, with the mason jars? Seems to me that without a drainage hole the plants would get root rot? Could u please help me figure this out???

  154. Kelsey
    December 12, 2014

    hello, currently trying to do this project but not for herbs. Having a really hard time getting the hose clamp onto the board. I went and asked at the hardware store, they said drilling the the hose clamp may be next to impossible. I have drug my boyfriend around and we have bought metal screws, multiple drill bits, and nothing will put a hole thru the hose clamp so I can screw it onto my board. Please help!,!!!!

  155. Jessica
    April 24, 2015

    Amazing.. I’m just left speechless on how beautiful this looks, was just searching the web for something like this to make for my patio. Thank you for making and sharing this!

  156. PolishGardener
    May 6, 2015

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  157. Kim deering
    May 21, 2015

    I think I was over watering and now there’s mold growing in the bottom with my rock, do I have to scrape the whole jar or can I remove the plant and start again after washing my jar and stones??

    • Stacy
      May 21, 2015

      I would remove the plant and clean the jar and stones for sure. Did you add a little charcoal in the bottom? That helps with mildew and mold. You can buy it in the pet section of the store or an actual pet store in the fish tank supplies.

      Good luck! And remember to water only enough to make the soil damp :)

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