This DIY rustic hanging mason jars project is a very simple, yet beautiful project that can warm up and brighten up any space in your home. Helen and I are still on our quest to fill the blank spaces on the walls in our home. It’s been almost 3 years since moving in and we still gotta loooooong ways to go yo… (DIY gangsta talk). Helen had the inspiration for this project and got my butt in gear to get these babies up in our foyer. Now, the size of your wood cuts will depend on the size of your mason jars, so adjust your cuts as you see fit to make the proportions pleasing to your eyes. See below for the materials we used and how we created our version of this project. The materials below are assuming you are making a pair.
Materials & Tools:
*(2) Kerr Wide Mouth Mason Jars from Michaels (stand roughly at about 6.5″ in height)
*2 decorative hooks from from Hobby Lobby (see picture above) and screws to fit the hooks
*Twine to hang the mason jars
*Decorative Ribbon of your choice
*1″ x 10″ pine board at least 3 feet in length (actual dimensions are 3/4″ x 9.25″, remember the nominal size listed at stores are not the actual dimensions).
*Wood stain of your choice. We used Minwax Dark Walnut
*Miter saw if you are making the cuts yourself, or else ask Home Depot or Lowes to make the cut for you.
*Sanding block or sand paper.
*(optional) Colored chalk paint of your choice.
First of all, based off the size of our mason jars, we decided to cut our 1″ x 10″ boards to a length of 15″ long for each hanging mason jar. This could end your wood cutting for your project. Simple! I told you so. But… two simple rectangles felt a little… too plain. So, I decided to make some 45 degree angled cuts on all the corners. Honestly, I didn’t bother measuring too precisely. I went about 4 inches off center and made my 45 degree miter cuts (see below). With my Dewalt Miter Saw, I was able to just stack both pieces and make the cuts for both at the same time to make sure both board would be symmetrical. I’m really glad I cut the corners off, to give the plain old rectangles a little sumthin sumthin.
Hook Placement & Drilling:
Next, determine where you want to place the hook to hang your mason jar. I recommend not placing the hook too high above the top of the wooden board. We centered ours and made the highest point of our hook about level with the top of the wooden board it would be screwed into. Place the hook on the desired spot, mark the holes of where the screws would go, and then drill pilot holes.
Sanding and Staining:
Almost there! Now give the front of your board and the sides a quick sanding. I started with 80 grit, went to 180, and finished it off with a 220 grit sanding. I also rounded off the edges and corners of each board (to give it a worn in and finished look to make the wood look “less DIY”), a subtle, but important detail in my opinion. Clean off any wood dust and stain the wood the color of your choice and allow to dry. For the perfectionists, go ahead and add the extra step of using wood conditioner (affiliate link) prior to staining your wood.
Finishing Touches and Hanging:
Next, once your stain has dried, screw in the decorative hooks to each board. Then, decorate your mason jars however you would like. We opted to tie some decorative ribbon round the rim. If you want, you could use chalk paint to paint your jars and then scuff them up a little. When you’re done decorating, wrap some twine around the neck of the bottle and tie securely to the hook. I’m not a twine tying expert, so I left that task to Helen.
Then, how you hang your boards will depend on where you are placing them. If you’re lucky and you have a stud behind the area you are hanging them, it may be as simple as drilling pilot holes and securing them to the studs. If there are no studs, you have the option of using wall anchors instead. Or, if you’re lazy like me, you can use multiple velcro adhesive command strips. I can’t say that I would recommend our method of hanging, but we’ve hung up heavier items such as frames with these command strips in the past and they are still holding up well.
Being impatient and not wanting to drill holes for wall anchors into our walls, I opted for this route and have not had any issues thus far, knock on wood. But, don’t knock too hard, or you’ll knock down my boards…. heeeyy yo, cheezy…I know. Too bad Helen, you’re stuck with me.
We love how these two hanging mason jars turned out! We love how the warmth of the wood and brightness of the flowers make our foyer feel more homey and welcoming. And Helen and I were able to tackle this on a whim one random evening.
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