Transformed :: Mason Jar Herb Garden

mason jar DIY hanging herb garden indoor plants Morning, everyone! Claire here, with a weekend project that’s perfect for all of you who are gearing up for lots of holiday cooking. Remember two weeks ago when I asked for your opinion on which hanging herb garden you liked best? Well, your votes weighed heavily in favor of option #1… so, using it as inspiration, I created my very own indoor herb display. So excited to share the final product…and to get cooking with my personal garden just in for guests to arrive! Want to make your own? We’ve got the simple instructions after the jump…

mason jar DIY hanging herb garden indoor plants

mason jar DIY hanging herb garden indoor plants

mason jar DIY hanging herb garden indoor plants

  • old wooden board (I used a piece of painted wood I found by a torn down home)
  • mason jars
  • pipe clamps
  • triangle ring hangers
  • stainless hanging wire
  • picture hanger
  • chalkboard paint & chalk
  • brush
  • hammer, nails and screwdriver
  • herbs
  1. Space mason jars evenly on wooden board, and mark placement with a pencil in order to design and measure around.
  2. Tape off rectangles on board, and paint with chalkboard paint as pictured above. This way, you can switch out herbs and change their labels accordingly.
  3. Paint pipe clamps gold, and secure to wooden board by hammering a nail through the small holes in the pipe clamp.
  4. On back of board, nail in ring hangers and tie on hanging wire.
  5. Plant herbs in mason jars.
  6. Place mason jars into pipe clamps and tighten with a screwdriver.
  7. Nail picture hanger into the wall, and hang your herb display!

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305 Responses to “Transformed :: Mason Jar Herb Garden”

  1. Jess

    Wow!! I am in LOVE with how it turned out! I would die for that in my kitchen. I think it’s time for this girl to break out the wood and hammer…

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    • dawn

      for drainage you could put a litte gravel like you would find for fish tanks in the bottom of the jar so that the water can drain to the bottom and not keep the soil damp but not soaked.

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    • clairezinnecker

      I use a watering can from Ikea that has a long skinny spout so I can put it into the mason jars and slowly water.

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      • Deanna

        I LOVE this idea! But am curious about the watering. I understand How you water them, I was just wondering if you run into a problem with the lack of drainage. Or does it not cause many problems because the herbs require damp conditions?

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        • Deanna

          Okay, I continued reading the comments and found my answer. Thanks

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    • LInda Betts

      Are you kidding? You need to be told this?

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      • DeMarie Rossi

        @Linda – a question is a question and apparently a lot of others had the same one – play nice for pete’s sake!

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        • Laura

          I had the same question, and it’s a logical question to have when most plants do need holes at the bottom of the pot for drainage. Gravel is a great idea, thanks :)

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      • Lena

        That was pretty rude. Many people had that question. Play nice as DeMarie said!

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        • Gena

          Thanks for asking about the drainage. That was my first question! If we knew how to do it, we wouldn’t be trolling around the how to section, now would we?

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        • Monica

          Yes that was rude…I just had the same question…I made self watering pots from a plastic bottle and they would stink a big time!! I guess if you just add the right amount of water plus the rock on the bottom for drainage it would be fine.

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      • teresa

        Someone probably told you once upon a time.

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      • Carol

        Really, Linda?? Not everyone has answers to every question. I remember teaching myself to quilt 35 years ago and had I not been able to be safe in asking questions, I would have never mastered the craft. Be nice.

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  2. Adam

    That’s awesome! I’m definitely going to try and make this for my mom!

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  3. Elise

    Your creativity is so impressive. What an inspiration! I cannot wait to this at home along with all of your other amazing ideas!

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  4. danielle

    this is so cute! I’ve done one similar on a old shutter but my herbs died. Are you having any luck with yours? Not sure if their roots didn’t take or what?

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    • clairezinnecker

      The sun is a huge factor with herbs, at least that has been the case with my plants!

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      • Veronica Escudero

        How about knats? I have north facing windows and I frankly booted my herbs outside because I have to water them so many times that it attracts knats. Please advise.
        Thank you

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    • Emily Etter

      If you herbs are dying they are probably being overwatered.
      With the mason jar—there are no holes in it to let the water drain.
      And herbs are very sensitive to overwatering.

      If you are still having problems with them dying you might try switching to a different pot or jar thing that has a hole in the bottom of it to let it drain.

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      • Cyam

        I had the same concern regarding the overwatering or an option of how to have the pot drain and it still look as pretty as this. Any suggestions?

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        • Cyam

          Oh I see my question answered below. Nevermind

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  5. Claire Zinnecker

    Thanks for everyone’s responses so far!!

    Samantha, I watered them for the first time lightly with a long spouted watering can, but you could also consider just spritzing with a spray bottle or placing ice cubes in there!

    Danielle, so far mine have done well (it’s been about a week), but I’ve grown basil before and know herbs can be a bit tricky! Fingers crossed :)

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  6. Kacie

    That’s awesome! What a great idea!

    Kacie

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  7. Tiffany

    Was draining an issue for you? I alway have my mason jars ready to go just need a little insight about any draining issues I might encounter after planting. :)

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    • clairezinnecker

      If you water lightly I don’t think it should be an issue. Also, you could put small stones in the bottom. This way the water collects in the stones and not the soil & it allows you to see how much you have watered!

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      • Kristin

        OOH! Ok, I kept seeing this on pinterest but was wondering…how do they drain?? Thanks for the answer :) I’ll try the stones.

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        • margaret

          hi….so cute…was wondering about the drainage…do the roots get “soggy”…thanks

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          • margaret

            of course …stones is the perfect answer!!!!…thanks

  8. Amy

    Do you have a lot of light in your kitchen? I have a total open floor plan but no window, just glass french doors to my deck. I love this but wonder how much sunlight herbs need to grow.

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    • Camille Styles

      Herbs do typically thrive with a lot of light…I’d definitely put in a sunny spot, which sounds like your french doors *might* supply enough?

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    • ellasc

      I am thinking of mounting the board on the side of the cabinets directly over my kitchen sink. It opens to a screen porch and if I find not enough natural light added to my over the sink light i could mount OUTSIDE the window and still be accessible from the kitchen window for cutting and tending. I think green onions or chives and parsley as well as the Ruby bush basil would be a good addition.

      For keeping moist but not soggy, try wetting the soil medium until it barely makes a loose ball when compressed in your hand before planting. Then, water very sparely during the low light winter months. better to let dry out a little then just small amounts of water.

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  9. Carrie R

    Are you kidding me?!?!?! This is AMAZING!!!!

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  10. christina moodie

    This is awesome! I am so doing this in my new home. Super super cute.

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  11. Michael @ Blue Velvet Chair

    Eek! Love it!
    Passing along to my own readers who just eat up the goodness of recycled and repurposed.
    Michael

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    • clairezinnecker

      thanks!!!

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  12. Melanie

    Yep, I love this, I am totally doing this!
    —mel

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  13. Adrienne

    OMG, I love this!! Can’t wait to add this to my deck!

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  14. Carole

    My sister grows house plants in jars & they look great. She hasn’t tried herbs. I tried herbs in the jars then put them in a wire rack from a canner & it looked really nice, unfortunately I didn’t have any luck with it. May just have to try it again.

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    • Kelly

      Thank you Carole! I have long tried to figure out where to put my herbs in my kitchen. I have 2 windows but one is directly over the kitchen sink area – no room for herb plants and the other lacks shelves or something to place the herbs on. this idea is great, but again, i would have no where to hang the finished racked that would be in good sunlight. re-using an old canning rack would be perfect in front my 2nd kitchen window. there is even a hook already in the ceiling from previous plantings! awesome!

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  15. Rachel

    With no proper drainage, isn’t mold a problem?

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    • clairezinnecker

      Yes definitely a concern, but if you are careful not to over water then you should be ok!

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  16. Fashionable Shenanigans

    Absolutely love this idea. I buy these jars from thrift stores, they are so incredibly useful. You have just given me a new idea! Thank you for the inspiration!!! Your blog is lovely! Check mine out: fashionableshenanigans.blogspot.com

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  17. Julie

    Just thinking maybe plant something else besides herbs? Like so other small house plant that don’t require alot of sun light….or just filling the jars with water and using them to start plants to root…

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    • clairezinnecker

      Good idea! I thought maybe succulents would be fun!

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  18. rebekah

    I’ve done something similar but had no luck when roots began to spread out and become exposed to light. I thought I could have fixed it by painting the outside of the glass jar or if I would’ve planted initially in a colored container. Are you having any similar problems?

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    • clairezinnecker

      I haven’t run into that, if anything I want more light on my herbs! But, painting the glass sounds like a good solution.

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      • Anne

        Or…wrapping a wide decorative ribbon around the jar where the roots are visible may be easier.

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        • Renate S

          or you could cut out apiece of pretty contact paper to fit around about halve of the jar

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  19. joannegarcia

    great idea – i’m so going to have to do this!

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  20. Briana

    Hi Claire,

    This is a great idea. I’m wondering how well your herbs have held up. I’d love to do something similar, but wasn’t sure how long the herbs would last in a mason jar.

    Good luck with your herbs!

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    • clairezinnecker

      Hi there!

      I have neglected my herbs slightly, so they need a little TLC :) but still alive! I definitely would suggest putting rocks in the bottom as well as putting them in a place where they will receive a fair amount of sunlight. Goodluck!

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  21. Robo

    Is there a special type of dirt to us with herbs? I have been looking for container ideas and I think I just found it!

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    • clairezinnecker

      I had small enough jars that I just used the dirt they were planted in and didn’t had to buy any extra!

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  22. Mel

    I love this idea. Might be just the ticket to help me survive the rest of winter until I can get my hands dirty in the garden this spring. The additional idea of using the canning rack sounds like a fun way to display! Herbs do needs lots of sunlight, fertilizer and careful watering. They should eek along until you can get them outside in the spring. Thank you for the inspiration!

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  23. morgan

    This is a genius idea! I just built a set for our apartment because I love to cook and I’m tired of not having fresh herbs at my disposal. Plus we live in an apartment so gardening isn’t an option. I am trying the rock suggestion, plus they look really cool in the bottoms of the mason jars. I am beyond excited about having live plants in a place our cats can’t eat them!

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    • JoAnne

      I live in an apartment as well and I love having fresh veggies in the summer so I planted a container garden this year. I just planted all my veggies in 5 gallon buckets. Google “Global Buckets” or “Earthbox” or “Container Gardens” for more ideas! I happen to live on the ground level which helps, but you could still do it on a balcony too!

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  24. Marie

    Totally Love this idea! Concerned that even with rocks the roots would grow into rocks and rot. What do you think?

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    • clairezinnecker

      Hopefully if you don’t over water this won’t happen!!! Just make sure it’s pretty dry before you water again!

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  25. Matt

    I’m making this for my wife for Valentines Day. Our kitchen color is mainly red so I painted an old board red and then sanded it down after the paint dried so it would give it a rustic look. Not fully finished but it looks good so far. Also, I couldn’t find chalk paint in a big can but I found it in a spray can which made it pretty easy. Great idea, my wife loves the one on here so hopefully she’ll like this one! Thanks for the idea!

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    • Chanel Dror

      I can’t imagine a more perfect and thoughtful gift! Your wife is a lucky lady… be sure to let us know how it turns out!!

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    • Claire Zinnecker

      Wow! I agree with Chanel, you are quite a wonderful husband! Good luck and please share with us your finished product!

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    • Anahi

      Are you going to use quart-sized Ball mason jars? If so, what size are your pipe clamps?

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  26. Erin Spain

    Great idea! I featured a link to this on my blog today, in an article about the many uses for mason jars.

    -Erin
    diyonthecheap.blogspot.com

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  27. Sonny

    Where did you find copper pipe clamps?

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    • clairezinnecker

      Hi Sonny, I bought silver ones at Home Depot and spray painted them gold! Good luck!

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  28. Janice

    This looks like a great idea! We grow all our vegies from seed indoors. One question: Where do you get the “triangle ring hangers”?

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    • Claire Zinnecker

      Hi Janice, they are just picture hangers that you can buy at a craft store, a frame store, or even home depot! Thanks and goodluck!

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  29. Desiree

    I love this and want to make something similar! Just curious where your mason jars came from? I almost got some at hobby lobby but wasn’t sure if the top opening was large enough…

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    • clairezinnecker

      My mason jars are vintage ones, but I found some at a grocery store that have pretty large mouths. Hope this helps! -C.

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  30. Cori

    I started this same thing last fall but I have some rocks on the bottom. I have mine hanging on a wire so I can easily take down the jar to water and when I am done I put my fingers around the plant and flip the jar over so excess water will drain out. The rocks go have a bit of green moss on them from the humidity that I cannot get out. I tried rosemary twice and both times they died. I tried cilantro from seeds but they were too leggy (I have them hanging in a north facing window) but my parsley thrives in this environment. My take is that it is a really cool concept but they would be much better with drainage.

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  31. Marianne Bodine

    Love the rustic appeal!

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  32. Jenn Cornish

    love this project.

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  33. Jenny

    I’m new to herb gardens and I was wondering how you use the herbs. Do you cut off the stems? Rip them off? I don’t want to kill my plants! :(

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    • Claire Zinnecker

      Hi Jenny, they are usually thin enough to pinch off with your fingernails, this won’t harm them, or you can trim them with scissors! I pick off leaves individually, but don’t take more than around 1/3 of the plant growth. Hope this helps!

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  34. Sheila

    Hi.. How did you attach the pipe clamps to the board?

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    • Claire Zinnecker

      The pipe clamps have small slits in them, I nailed a small nail through one of the slits into the hole. Make sure the head of the nail is large enough to hold the pipe clamp! Goodluck and let me know if you have any other questions!

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  35. Nilu

    Will you sell this? I love the idea but seems like too much work for me with work and 2 kids. I would supply the soil and herbs. I think you could totally sell them on etsy or thru your blog. $15 + shipping?

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    • Camille Styles

      Sorry Nilu, we’re not currently doing any e-commerce on the site…maybe one of our crafty readers would be up for the challenge??

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  36. Angee

    Sorry to be obtuse, but what does “me sure around” mean in instruction number one? I’ve read it over and over and can’t figure it out.

    I’ve been wanting to do this for a while, but wasn’t willing to spend money on a board. Today we went sight seeing and found a board washed up on the shore of the Cheat River. I was beyond excited!!!

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    • Claire Zinnecker

      Oh dear! How did I not see this? It should say “measure”. I will change right now, thanks!
      -Claire

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      • Angela

        Oh. Duh. Haha. I should have seen that. Oh, well. At least it gave you an opportunity to fix it. :-) I am making mine tonight. I did buy small pebbles from Lowe’s for the bottom of my jars. So excited to see the end result!!!

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  37. Caroline

    Also, if you add a little bit of ground charcoal above the drainage rocks and below the soil, it will help control mold that may be caused due to over watering. Happy herbing!

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  38. Kathie W

    Oh my! I am so doing this!!! Thanks for posting!

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  39. Judy

    I love this!!! It’s so cute. I especially like the golden tone metal clamps holding the jars, where did you get them and what were they for (auto, plumbing) ? I can only find silver tone ones. I can’t wait to try this.

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    • Becky

      She Spray painted them, it was in an above reply. Bet you could spray then any cool color!

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  40. Jihan

    I was told u have to use pots because in a bottle the water in the bottle will make the soil go bad and smell is this true?

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  41. Jeanne Quinn

    I love this idea but what about drainage? Do herbs need to be able to drain?

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    • Becky

      Put rocks in the bottom, don’t overwater and you should be fine. See above replies. A few replies up charcoal was suggested between rocks and soil.

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  42. Debra Kapellakis

    beautiful, fun, fantastic, clever, useful, upcycled, useful, organic…

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  43. John S

    my daughter has wanted me to plant an herb garden for some time. I found your creative idea, but wondered about the drainage. I used my diamond bit and went slow, drains fine. Thanks for the great idea. Now I can get her to make some salsa with fresh cilantro

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    • clairezinnecker

      Great idea, John! Glad that solved your drainage issue.

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  44. Angela

    I planted mine with small rock in the bottom for drainage and have been very carful to not over water or allow to get too dry. I planted from seed, but they’ve only grown a few inches. I used soul specifically for planting seed. Not sure why they’re so stunted and not putting out. They’re not much bigger than sprouts and have been growing for about six weeks. Ideas?

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    • Angela

      That would be *soil* not *soul* ;-)

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      • clairezinnecker

        hmm I’m not sure….maybe lack of light? I’ve noticed this is my biggest issue with plants in the kitchen. Hope this helps!

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    • JENNIFER

      I’D SAY MAYBE SOME FOOD FOR THE PLANT..SUCH AS MIRACLE GROW OR JOBES STICKS…I WOULD/WILL TRY JOBES STICKS…:)

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    • clairezinnecker

      glad it inspired you!

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    • clairezinnecker

      Yay! It looks lovely!

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  45. Shelby

    Hi! i was wondering what size mason jars you used and what size pipe clamps you used! thanks a bunch!

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    • clairezinnecker

      Hi Shelby, my mason jar was vintage but it was similar to a wide mouth quart jar. I don’t remember the size of my pipe clamps but I brought a mason jar to Home Depot and measured out which clamp fit around without too much extra length. Hope this helps!

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    • clairezinnecker

      So happy you featured it! Thanks!

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  46. Roxie

    I SEE ALOT OF COMMENTS FOR THE DRAINING…i HAVE A TOOL THAT DRILLS INTO GLASS AND i PUT SEVERAL SMALL HOLES INTO THE SIDES OF THE JAR…WORKS GREAT!

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  47. Ellen

    This is a great idea! Now to find a wall to build one.

    I’m your newest follower from A Season for All Things. I can’t wait to hang out on your site for a while!

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  48. Nina

    Back in the ’70s, terrariums were very popular. The bottom layer always had a layer of charcoal then the pebbles. The charcoal keeps the water sweet, so the roots don’t rot.

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    • Camille Styles

      Ooh that’s a great tip! I loooove terrariums… suddenly feel like making one as a weekend project!

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      • Gail Harris

        Charcoal bricks like for a grill work?

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        • JoAnne Murphjy

          charcoal like is used in aquariums can be bought at a hardware store. It comes in a jar

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    • clairezinnecker

      Thanks for letting me know (and thanks for featuring it)! So happy to have this many wonderful responses!

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      • Sonya Parga

        Claire, if you are interested at all about possibly posting some of your projects on another blog I would be blessed if you would consider Parga’s Junkyard! You can contact me at pargasjunkyard@q.com … My blog is a mixture of family related stuff…from couponing to recipes, life blog posts, homeschooling stuff from another blogger and occasionally crafting ideas…. I can’t offer payment as right now the blog doesn’t pay even myself but I am working on getting it there eventually hopefully!

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  49. Amy

    This is so super cute. I really love it. I always consult my Horticulturist Husband on projects concerning plants. He said this will work better if the jars are covered in fabric, or blacked out with paint. It will hurt the roots to get light; it may damage the plants. I’m going to give this a try with his suggestions. I’ll let you know how it works out.

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    • clairezinnecker

      Good suggestion, Amy!

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    • Anahi

      You can also try wrapping moss around the soil of the plant before you ease it into the jar, this way you will still have the natural look and be able to hide the roots away from the light :)

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  50. Carole

    This craft was made at our latest monthly dinner. I referenced your site on the blog post. Love this idea and loved receiving this gift!

    Check it out the post at http://www.inviteanddelight.blogspot.com

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    • clairezinnecker

      So fun! Thanks Carole!

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  51. Jackie

    I live in a place where winter is here for 7 months out of the yearjust wondering ifthey would last through winter? Thanks

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    • clairezinnecker

      Eek not sure I could give you the perfect answer! I’m no herb expert, I’d ask someone who works where you buy the herbs. I would think with proper sunlight and water they should…

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  52. Kathy

    I purchased all the required materials today including reclaimed wood from a great out of the way place. Anyway, how are the jars kept on the diagonal? Is this with the pipe clamps only? How exactly did you attach the pipe clamps? I have enough materials for 4 boards and I want toile sure and get this right. I will keep one or two and give away the rest.

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    • clairezinnecker

      I made the nail (or screw) that attached the pipe clamp to the wood tight enough so that it could hold firm at an angle. Hope this helps!

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  53. Anna

    What size mason jars did you use? I love this and I can’t wait to make it myself!

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    • clairezinnecker

      Hi Anna! I used a vintage mason jar that is equivalent to 4 cups.

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    • clairezinnecker

      Yay! Thanks Julia!

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  54. TJ

    just FYI if you want to spend a lil less for project you could use soda can tabs instead of triangle hangers :) recycle and use them for tons of stuff…like if you slip one over a hanger you can snuggle hang another hanger on it to save space :) just love recycling also could use old glass ragu jars or speghetti jars instead of mason…but I DO LOVE a mason jar :) I just LOVE THIS project ! :)

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    • clairezinnecker

      Thanks TJ good suggestion!

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  55. Chef Robert Hannan

    congrats, i have been doing this for years,i just wish i posted it myself. fresh herbs every day beautiful, for you egglovers and spuds grow alot of chives nothing like fresh! bh

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    • clairezinnecker

      So true!

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  56. Polly

    I was wondering what to do with my old spice rack and bottles. Great Idea!

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  57. diannarae

    this was a wonderful idea! i did it for hanukkah last night and it was a hit! thank you! :-) one question, i have not been able to find the pipe clamps, i ended up using something else copper which worked but wasn’t as “finished” can you maybe point me somewhere online that i can get them? thanks.

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  58. Kevin

    I’m having a heckuva time getting anything to go through the pipe clamps – nails, screws, I’ve already literally bent one drill bit to a 90 degree angle. How/What are you guys doing?

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    • clairezinnecker

      Hey Kevin, I’m sorry you are having such a hard time! Drilling through the pipe clamps can be tricky but is definitely doable. I just made some more for Christmas presents and think it’s easier when you use a drill bit made for drilling through metal. Instead of putting a lot of muscle into it, let it drill slowly through on its own so you don’t break the bits. Hope this helps!

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  59. Jody Creighton

    Love the idea just one question . . what type of fertilizer to use?

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    • clairezinnecker

      I would ask the people at the gardening center that question but I’m sure something geared toward herbs would be best.

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    • clairezinnecker

      I would recommend asking someone who works where you buy the herbs. They are more knowledgable about all of this than I am!

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  60. Regina

    love this!!!!! I think small terra cotta pots might work also and would help with drainage.

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  61. c

    Some pasta sauce jars look like mason jars. They are free after you use the sauce and would work for this. Good way to recycle them.

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  62. Melissa

    How long is the board?

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    • clairezinnecker

      I made my board 27″

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  63. Amy

    I am very interested in doing this and have read alot of the comments but was wondering if anyone had any input on what the best herbs to grow like this are! thanks!

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  64. Jeff Patterson

    Thanks so much for this great idea. I hope you don’t mind if I modified it a bit for our own kitchen that has oil rubbed bronze & copper accents.

    My tutorial gives you credit for the design idea :)

    Have a great day.

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  65. Rita

    Are you interested in making one and selling it??

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    • clairezinnecker

      Hi Rita! I haven’t started selling any of my items but I will definitely let you know if I do!

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  66. Vicki Richardson

    I am so glad to have found this, which someone posted the link on FB. I too have questions about watering, in fact that was the first thing that came to my mind. Then when I read down the list of questions I see a lot of people had the same thing on their minds. Then I read what Linda wrote and not only felt stupid but was embarassed for everyone else. So I wanted to say thank you for sharing and giving us all something to have fun with.

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  67. Corinna :o)

    I was thinking of doing this OUTSIDE on my fence….I wonder if that will work? trying it!! Thanks for the idea :o)

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    • clairezinnecker

      I would think it would! As long as it gets enough sun and water.

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  68. Debra

    I don’t know if you already answered this, but did you grow your herbs from seeds or repot them?
    ps… I’m new to your site and I love it!

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    • clairezinnecker

      I repotted them but I’m sure seeds would work too! Thanks!

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  69. Deborah Dickson

    I may try this! I have some old barn wood that would work perfect with this! Thanks for the idea!

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  70. Elena

    hello!
    we also had a REALLY challenging time attaching the pipe clamps to the board. The nails didn’t fit through the holes and we tried drilling holes in them but that really didn’t work either…in the end, we took a flat-head screwdriver and stuck it into the slots on the back and twisted until we got a hole big enough to fit a nail through (phew!). While that easy solution took us a long time to get to the results are beautiful-thanks!

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  71. Ivette

    which mason jars did you use? i know they’re ball, but which kind?

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  72. Tiffani

    So, to water the garden, would you just use a spray bottle?? This is a great idea! love it!

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  73. Crystal Marshall

    Sorry if someone asked this already, but does anyone know if this would work outside? Or would the jars get too hot & kill the herbs?

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    • tiffany

      I have mine on my porch and it lasted all summer last year (HEAT WAVE in Ohio) and into the fall and I have already replanted it for this year. I put pebbles in the bottom for drainage. I planted two types of basil and 2 oregano plants since they are the ones I use the most often.
      It was not in direct sunlight, if it is it may need watered more often, and you would need to plant herbs that prefer hotter conditions (rosemary, thyme oregano vs basil, parsley, etc)

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  74. cookingwithcurls

    OMG…this is awesome!!!

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  75. Jo

    I love this idea! It is so beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  76. Anahi

    What website can I get charcoal from? I have checked homedepot.com and lowes.com, but all I can find is charcoal for grilling. :( Please help!

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  77. Anahi

    Oh, and what are the measurements of the wood you used for this project?

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    • Anahi

      Nevermind on this one comment, I just saw your reply for another that said 27”, thanks! (But still awaiting a reply on my previous question :))

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  78. Michel

    O.k., call me goofy, lots of folks do:) But, I made a loop from some wire and put it around the neck of the jar and hung them outside in the trees for the summer. They are doing just fine. Also, I put coloured marbles in the bottom, instead of pebbles, for a little hint of fun. Now, when people tell me that I’ve lost my marbles, I just say “No I haven’t, they’re in bottles in the trees:)” Yeah, that helps support my side:) If I need a little aeration, I just stick a couple of straws to the bottom of the jar and pull out little plugs of dirt. That seems to work fine. The only thing is to not over stuff the jar with too many plants.

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  79. rosy brendell

    I love this idea. how long will it last

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  80. Sarah

    To drain: You can get tricky and purchase a diamond head drill bit for cutting holes in glass. Just a thought. They are cheap on EBAY.

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  81. Sharmain

    This is so cool. i am definately going to have this hanging in my kitchen. thanks for that wonderful idea.

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  82. Judith

    This is a great idea, I too was worried about drainage I like the idea of rocks or gravel. I also thought about drilling a drainage hole in the bottom of the mason jar, not knowing how I would do that I checked out YouTube and there is a video on how to do this. Hope this helps!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=34P_ZHj336w

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  83. Andrea

    If you want something to absorb water that is also pretty, you can use those Orbeez that were originally made for planting but are now marketed as a kid’s toy. They come in all colors, and swell up as they absorb water, then go back down in size as they dry out. Not only would they add a nice touch of color, but you could tell when you needed to water again by the size of the Orbeez . . .

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