Remember when the trendy thing to do was drink from a mason jar? Now the trend is to incorporate mason jars into just about everything! Which works for me, beacause at $9.99 for a dozen, that’s a lot of crafting!
Today’s craft was a gift for a friend. After sneaking around on her Pinterest page, I found a photo of some hanging mason jars used for herbs. Perfect! Off to the hardware store I went. Then back home to my stash of weathered wood.
Before I list everything you’ll need, let me jump on that last sentence and talk about “my stash of weathered wood.”
I had to replace a few boards on my fence in the last couple years, mostly because the bottom had rotted. However, my fence is 6 feet tall. There’s nearly 5 feet of perfectly good, perfectly weathered wood left on it. I cut them down to about 18″ and left them leaning against a wall inside die a couple months until they were nice a dry. Ta-da! My own stash of weathered wood. Ask your neighbors and friends – don’t let that fence wood go to waste!
Okay, back to what you’ll need:
1 – piece of weathered wood (18″ x 5″ x 1/2″)
3 – quart mason jars
3 – pipe clamps (sized to mason jar)
3 – 1/4 to 1/2 wood screws
2 – self leveling picture hangers
Step 2 – On the front, measure so your jars will be evenly spaced. For an 18″ board, this would be every 4 1/2″. Drill a small pilot hole at each spot.
Step 3 – Decide how you want your pipe clamps placed, but make sure the screw to tighten them faces out so you can adjust it. Once you have them placed, mark the back where it will attach to the wood. Heat the pipe clamp with the torch, then use the hammer and nail to punch a hole in the clamp.
Step 4 – Align your pipe clamps and using the drill and screws, attach them to the wood. Hold on tight! The clamps can swivel.
Step 5 – Add the jars and use the screwdriver to tighten the pipe clamps. Make sure they are tight, but do this by hand. A drill would be a shattered glass disaster!