DIY

DIY Mason Jar Hanging Herb Planter

Last summer I planted my very first herb garden, and let me tell you: not having to run to the supermarket and spend five bucks on a teeny-tiny container of mint or rosemary or thyme every time you need a sprig (or even just a single leaf) is the best. But even if you’re an apartment-dweller with no nearby grass or yard or outdoor space to plant in, no fear: you too can have fresh herbs at your fingertips.

Once again: mason jar to the rescue. This DIY takes about three minutes…and is the most satisfying project ever. (It’s also a fun project to get kids involved with; you should cut the twine, but they can do pretty much everything else.)

herb planter necessities

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pouring dirt

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1. Put about an inch of rocks into the bottom of the jar (for drainage).

2. Add a couple of inches of dirt.

mint in jar

3. Plant the herb in the dirt (this is chocolate mint, which smells pretty incredible, just FYI).

twine knot

4. Cut two pieces of twine (about three feet long each). Tie one piece snugly around the lip of the jar. Tie the other piece around the lip of the jar so that the knot is on the opposite side.

twine handle

5. Now you should have four hanging pieces of twine. Bring them together and tie them together at the top to form a handle.

mason jar herb garden

6. …And hang in the window. (Try hanging three or four in a line at different heights.)

hanging planter

  • Citizen of the World

    Great idea!
    I definitely need to do this!
    -Adrienne. xo

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  • Elizabeth K

    Is keeping the herbs alive as easy as the planting of them?

    • jordanreid

      i guess we’ll find out 😉 i don’t see why it would be any harder than keeping them alive in a “real” planter, though.

  • Lin

    Really cute idea. Jars are so versatile (and plentiful!). http://bit.ly/1pKeSSo