She recently spotted a mason jar herb garden on Pinterest and asked if I could make a vertical version of it for her. It proved to be a fun and pretty easy project.
She and I decided that it would be cool to decorate it with vintage seed packets, so I whipped up a quick design and got to work.
- 1x4x6 pine board for the backer
- short lengths of scrap wood (3.5″ long) for shelves
- quart size, wide mouth mason jars (3)
- Matte Mod Podge
- Outdoor Mod Podge
- metal tape (used to strap hot water heaters in place – check the plumbing section)
- tin snips
- white paint
I gave the edges of the backer board and the shelves a quick coat of white paint and got to work on my seed packet collage.
I used Photoshop to layer the images together but have done the same thing in MS Word.
I made the design just a bit wider than the board to give me some wiggle room.
You could apply each image separately but, to save a bit of time, I printed it out in larger sections and Mod Podged into place using Matte Mod Podge.
Once everything had dried I trimmed the edges and sealed it with two coats of Outdoor Mod Podge.
Attach Shelves and Mason Jars
The original plan called for just using the metal tape to hold the jars in place. I was a bit nervous about that so I did a test with a Mason Jar filled with paint and it held quite nicely. However, for a bit of extra security I also added the little shelves.
I determined where the jars would go and drilled pilot holes for the shelves and screwed them into place from the back.
I cut piece of metal tape a bit longer than I thought I would need and made sure that, once they were wrapped around the jar there were two holes available to me on either side.
I put a screw in the outermost hole then wrapped the tape snugly around the mason jar and screwed in the other outermost hole. I then put screws into the inner holes to tighten the tape securely into place.
I repeated this maneuver with the other jars and I was done.
- Outdoor Mod Podge is great but it takes a while to fully dry – build that into your planning
- Smaller jars for smaller herbs could also be used if you wanted more variety.
- With a wider board you could stagger the jars to both have more of them and make them easier to get to
- Hanging. My pictures have the garden leaning against a wall. At Geralyn's place we'll determine if we want to screw it into place or hang it from D hooks
- The Plants: Geralyn assures me that the rocks in the bottom of the jars will provide adequate drainage to keep the plants alive. I will update here if I find that isn't the case.
- Geralyn's garden will hang on an interior wall. If this were to be an outside garden I would also coat the back of the board with waterproof sealer.
As always, I'll monitor the post and if you have any questions don't hesitate to ask.