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How To: Make a Mason Jar Hanging Air Plant Planter

Mason Jar Hanging Air Plant Planter Feature Image
Photo: by JoAnn Moser via MASON JAR NATION, courtesy of Cool Springs Press

So psyched to be able to share the first of two projects from my recently released book, MASON JAR NATION (Cool Springs Press, 2016)! This DIY hanging air plant (tillandsia) planter is found in the "Crafts" section of the book and it's one of my favorites. (Although, to be honest, there are a lot of favorites in the book--as it should be, otherwise they wouldn't have made it into the book!) This project ranks medium on the  easy to hard scale, but that's only because it requires a bottle cutter (Click here to read my reviews of some popular bottle cutters. Long story short: Ephrem's is the best out there). Because my publisher, Cool Springs, is so very accommodating, they've agreed to let me share the project in its entirety straight from the book. 


Educated types will tell you Tillandsia, also known as “air plants,” are an epiphyte. No need to remember that as there isn’t going to be a quiz at the end of this project. What you do need to know is that epiphytes don’t require dirt to grow. They siphon the nutrients they need from the air, and as for watering, a one-hour dunk every couple of weeks, or a spritz every couple of days is just what the horticulturist orders. The best water to use is of the rain variety, of course, but distilled works well as does tap water that’s been sitting for 12 hours “off-gassing.” For sunlight, these virtually indestructible darlings prefer that which is bright filtered. Tillandsia’s unique growing requirements make them the perfect plants to grow in Mason jars, as each humble form highlights the other.  -----From MASON JAR NATION, by JoAnn Moser, Cool Springs Press 2016                                       

SUPPLIES:

  • 1 clear, quart-size Mason jar
  • Bottle cutter and finishing equipment (We recommend Ephrem's Deluxe Bottle Cutter, $37)
  • Painter's tape
  • Small paintbrush
  • Etching cream
  • Metal hole punch or drill and small bit
  • 1 lid and band or 1 reproduction lid to fit the Mason jar used
  • 1 small cotter pin
  • 2’  of #16 single jack electro-galvanized chain requirements
  • Small washer with small a hole 
  • 18-gauge wire (about 8" or so)
  • 1 tillandsia

MAKING YOUR PLANTER:

Cut approximately 1” off the bottom of the jar and finish the cut edge according to the technical instructions in MASON JAR NATION or according to the bottle cutter’s instructions. 

Hanging air plant planter etching cream
Photo: by JoAnn Moser via MASON JAR NATION, courtesy of Cool Springs Press
 

Apply painter’s tape about 1/2” up from bottom edge of the jar.

With a small paint brush, apply etching cream to the exposed area. Keep in mind that a thick, even coat works best. Leave the etching cream in place for as long as the product’s recommendations stipulate. After that, rinse off the etching cream and remove the tape.

Hanging air plant planter hole and chain
Photo: by JoAnn Moser via MASON JAR NATION, courtesy of Cool Springs Press

Next, punch or drill a small hole in jar’s lid. Thread the cotter pin through the last link in the chain, then feed the cotter pin through the hole in the lid. 

Hanging air plant planter cotter pin
Photo: by JoAnn Moser via MASON JAR NATION, courtesy of Cool Springs Press
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Slip the washer onto the cotter pin’s legs and bend them open. 

Hanging air plant planter wire
Photo: by JoAnn Moser via MASON JAR NATION, courtesy of Cool Springs Press

Using a length of 18-gauge wire, gently wire up the Tillandsia. Then, feed one end of the wire through the top of the jar and screw on the jar’s lid. Note that 18 gauge wire is small enough that the band will screw on. 

When it’s time to water the Tillandsia, simply remove the lid and ease the plant out from the bottom of the jar. Just remember, after the plant’s soak, allow it to dry before re-inserting it into the jar. 

Hanging air plant planter for Pinterest
Photo: by JoAnn Moser via MASON JAR NATION, courtesy of Cool Springs Press

Feel free to share this tutorial from MASON JAR NATION on Pinterest!

If you love Mason jars, you just might want to see the other 49 more projects featured in MASON JAR NATION. You can order it today from Amazon or Barnes & Noble ($15). And to read more about my road to publication, check out this post right here on Curbly. 

MASON JAR NATION cover
Image: Courtesy of Cool Springs Press

 

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