Spring is in full bloom all around my cottage, flowers popping up all over the place – perfect for a Mason Jar Flower Box. This would be perfect for weddings, too, since it can be customized with any color. I love the vintage feel of it, which resembles a vintage cheese box, but has the farmhouse style staple – glass jars. The Mason Jar Flower Box Centerpiece only takes about an hour of hands on time to make, and is fairly simple with just a few basic tools and supplies that you can pick up at your local Lowe’s.
For this project you will need:
- 5 pieces of 1/4 inch pine, 4 inches wide by 24 inches long (more on this in a minute)
- Pint size glass canning jars
- chicken wire (aka poultry netting)
- a cut off saw (or you can get it cut at Lowes)
- pin nail gun
- pin nails
- wood putty filler
- paint (I used acrylic from my supplies)
- dark stain (used to distress)
- black spray paint (if desired)
I get pretty excited when I stumble upon something that I’ve never used in a project before – like this 1/4 inch thick wood. I know they’ve probably sold it forever, but I had never noticed it before, since we usually use our planer to get wood to the thickness we want. I found these pine boards, which are 4 inches wide and 2 ft long in slots stored under the regular 1x pine. We bought 5 of them for this project, and had very little left.The “name” says 4 inches wide, but it’s technically only 3 1/2. I have no idea why they do that… can someone explain?
I painted all of them, both sides and all the edges, with some aqua/green acrylic paint. You could also pick up a paint sample and have plenty of paint to do this project. I found that painting the flat pieces is much easier than trying to paint all those nooks and crannies once it’s all built.
After they were dry, Mr. SCC cut the pieces to these lengths (leaving the widths all just as we bought them):
- 2 pieces at 22 3/4 inches long (for the sides)
- 1 piece at 22 1/4 inches long (for the bottom)
- 2 pieces at 3 3/4 inches long (for the ends)
- 4 pieces at 3 1/2 inches long (for the middle dividers)
First, nail the ends onto the bottom piece.
Next, nail the sides onto the box, being careful to keep everything square.
Put in all of the dividers, until you get 6 openings to hold your mason jars.
Once it’s all together, patch up all the holes with the wood putty. Sand it off and then touch up the paint. Although there is no photo, you can use stain to add a little age by rubbing it along the edges to create depth in the paint.
Now, move on to the jars – use the flat part of the lid as a template to cut out pieces of chicken wire so that they fit into the rings. This will help hold your flowers in place rather than being just a huge opening.
After you fit the wire in them, spray them all with black spray paint, just to unify all the metal. (Of course, take the lids off the jars to do this part.)
Once it’s complete, just fill it in with flowers and you’re done! In the off season, this would also be a great organizer for paint brushes & markers.
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