Do It Yourself Pinterest Fail? Mason jar flower holder

Who doesn’t stare lovingly at a Mason jar and dream of the 798,768,9800 different works of art you can create?

I didn’t, until I searched “Mason jars” on Pinterest and close to 1 million ideas popped up. That may be a slight exaggeration, but there are a lot. Search at your own risk.

Hours can be spent just gazing at all the beautiful designs and concepts for this little unassuming canning item.

This will not be the only DIY Pinterest involving these jars, because I think I love them more than a sunny day in Cincinnati.

One Pinterest idea that jumped out was the Mason jar herb holders, by Claire Zinnecker.

From the start, I knew I was going to stray (just a bit) from the Pinterest version because I don’t have a green thumb. Or toe. Or any other body part, for that matter.

The last time I tried to “grow” tomatoes from the balcony of my apartment’s fire escape… well, you know how that story goes.

So it was decided: A Mason jar flower holder. Not the kind of flowers that grow. The kind bought all nicely wrapped up at the nearest grocery store. Because that’s how I do.

The great idea: Create an altered version to hang over my kitchen table, to make friends jealous and to impress my boyfriend's mom, because who doesn't want to do that? Just need to leave the part out about killing plants.

Cost: This project looked like it wouldn't cost much to make. Just some wood, a few Mason jars, some piping materials and nails. Cheap, right? Apparently, not.


  • Old wooden board
  • Mason jars
  • Pipe clamps
  • Triangle ring hangers
  • Stainless hanging wire
  • Picture hanger
  • Chalkboard paint & chalk
  • Brush
  • Hammer, nails and screwdriver
  • Herbs (Or flowers, in this case)

Directions: (I used a variation of these directions - check the video for info !)

  • Space mason jars evenly on wooden board, and mark placement with a pencil in order to design and measure around.
  • 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.
  • Paint pipe clamps gold, and secure to wooden board by hammering a nail through the small holes in the pipe clamp.
  • On back of board, nail in ring hangers and tie on hanging wire.
  • Plant herbs in mason jars.
  • Place mason jars into pipe clamps and tighten with a screwdriver.
  • Nail picture hanger into the wall, and hang your herb display!

The Result

Cost: I ended up spending quite a bit. Instead of carefully checking all supplies needed, I just scanned over the list and started buying random things. I traveled to Home Depot, Michaels and ACE Hardware... twice. The moral: Check your supplies closely. I ended up spending a total of about $35. 

Simplicity: On a scale from 1 to 10 (10 being the most difficult), I would give this a 5. Of course I took the longer and harder way to complete the project: Did I have to go get boards cut and stain them a (really) pretty color? No. I could have just picked a piece of wood from an abandoned building (just kidding). What did make it easier was using Velcro instead of screwing the Mason jars to the wood pieces, both for construction and future ease of use.

How did it turn out? Love it. It turned out great. I have already gotten multiple compliments, it's functional and looks aesthetically pleasing -- can't ask for much more than that!

     Pinterest version                           My version



Pinterest fail or success? Success! This project is super easy, super fun and turns out super awesome. Should I say super one more time in case you missed it?



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