How to make your own DIY mason jar hanging vase

Here’s the state of the plant report for the last week of May 2015.

Remember when I thought all the plants were gone and was wringing my hands and hanging my head, but I decided to choose sunshine?

And you told me to wait.

And to be patient (totally not my specialty).

I’m happy to report that you were right (as ususal).  The nandinas came back.  Well, most of them.

Those wonderful, little, amazing, incredible plants pushed their way up from the ground and sprouted new leaves and look better than ever.

So I’m celebrating with a simple garden project.  You can make this diy mason jar hanging vase for under $5.00 in under 10 minutes.

Celebrate good times c’mon.

Here's how the vase looks on the railing

Here’s a better view of the nandinas.

Feel free to send words of encouragement their way.

Rows and rows of them completely circle the house and end next to the steps that walk up to the back deck.

Right next to some newel posts that needed a little extra summer color.

Here are the supplies you'll need to create your hanging mason jar

To make your hanging mason jar vase you will need (in no particular order):

a hook

a mason jar (at the risk of stating the obvious)

a piece of reclaimed wood (you could paint or stain this or just leave it plain)

a hanger (I bought mine pre-made in a pack of three at Hobby Lobby….but you could make your own with wire if you wanted)


This hanging mason jar vase looks great on the house

Step 1:  (please pay attention and don’t blink or you will miss the steps)  

Attach the hook to the board.

I centered it on the bottom of the wood to make sure that my vase had enough room to swing freely.

Attach a hook to a piece of wood

Step 2:  Attach the wood to the post

The size of your piece of wood is determined by the size of your post.  These posts are very narrow so this piece of wood is 2″ wide by 6″ long.

This was a piece of left over pallet wood from another project.

You could use barn wood or a piece of 1 x 2 and paint it….what ever works with your garden.

Attach the wood to the railing

Step 3:  Attach the mason jar hanger

Place the mason jar hanger around the neck of the mason jar.

Fill mason jar with fresh flowers and water.

Hang it on the hook.

Hang the mason jar from the hook

That’s it.

That’s all she wrote.

Under $5.00 (maybe under $3.00 if you make your own wire hanger).

And it only took us 8 minutes and 24 seconds.

I used the extra time to have a pep talk with the nandinas. 🙂

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  1. Image for Marisa Franca @ All Our Way Marisa Franca @ All Our Way

    Well, I'm wringing my hands and gnashing my teeth not because of the flowers, not because of the hangers, but because this dummy couldn't see the advantages of keeping her hundreds of Ball jars -- all sizes and mouth width. Yep!! I had that many and when we downsized I immediately started purging not once giving a thought to what a treasure I had in the jars. Now if I want to make a beautiful hanging ball jar for flowers I have to go out and purchase the darn thing :-( I may have been living in the back woods of Indiana too long but your nandinas sure look like my good ole roses to me - but very pretty roses!!And I can't believe they sell those hangers -- I'll have to get some after I go to the store and purchase some Ball jars.

  2. Image for Mercy Mercy

    Karianne-- Oh yeah--patience! I've heard of that! But then, I always tell people, "My name's Mercy, not Patience!" LOVE the Mason jar vases and they look so perfectly easy that I'm doing some for me & for my mom & for my sister-in-law, who's having a rough time right now, so this will just brighten up her day! Thanks so much for the inspiration! Mercy (not Patience!)

  3. Image for ananda ananda

    oh karianne i am beyond thrilled to hear that your lovely plants are coming back, yay!!!!!!!!!! this vase is gorgeous!! and that word "patience"? what's that?!? don't have it either haha =) xo

  4. Image for Sharon H Sharon H

    OMG, Miz karianne! That is SO much easier than trying to make those wire handles myself, especially when they're 4.99 for THREE. That's like 1.67 each. And I always have mason jars hanging around, oodles of where did I put those extra hooks...hmmmm. Thank you!

  5. Image for Debbie Nolker Debbie Nolker

    I know you have this web sight, but after your story yesterday about meeting your sailor, I too would love to have a book by you that I could give my friends on their birthdays or for Christmas or just because. Even if it was a collection of past posts it would be wonderful! I look forward to your post everyday and on some days I reread them just to smile.

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