Hi guys, it's Aja again! I wasn't really sure what to call this week's project... so Mason Jar Wall Decor it is! Basically we're creating a fun piece to hang on your wall or prop up in a shelf to display flowers or hold fun craft supplies. I have a love affair with blue Mason Jars, so this goes perfectly in my home. I found these two cute little jars at a flea market for $2 each. You can't beat that!
Here's what you'll need:
1. Mason Jars
2. Piece of wood
3. Hose Clamp Kit
4. Some random tools... :)
Here's a close-up of the Hose Clamp kit. I found this at a Super Walmart, or of course you could find them at any hardware store. My kit came with three different sizes, so I bought two packages and used the middle size from each. And they cost less than $2 per kit, so super cheap!
Here's the clamp. I guess these are normally used for hoses?? Oh well! I like the slightly industrial look of the metal.
I used a wrench to loosen the fitting on the hose clamp (righty tighty, lefty loosey!). Then I was able to use my fingers to loosen it futher. You can also use a flat head screwdriver. The more you tighten it, the smaller the ring becomes.
Once it's loose enough, slip it over the mouth of your jar and then tighten it up to hold it snugly.
Once you have both hose clamps on the jars, lay them out on your piece of wood to eyeball the placement.
Then slip the jars out of the clamps (you might have to loosen a bit) and mark where you want to attach the clamp to the wood. There are tiny little openings around half of the clamp, which I positioned at the back. I used them to mark with a pencil where I wanted to attach it.
And here's where you decide how you want to attach the clamps. The wood I used was a thin piece of plywood, so I couldn't really use a nail. If I had to do this over again, I would have chosen a thicker piece of wood so that I could use a nail. I used my staple gun instead. I lined it up and tried my hardest to get both points of the staple to hit in one of the openings of the clamp. It actually worked! Then I pulled off a few individual staples and pounded them in myself, to secure it. Make it work!
Once both clamps are attached, slip your jars back in and tighten those babies up! Then you can decide how/what you want to attach to the back to hang it. You could use D-rings or a sawtooth hanger, for instance (not pictured).
And there you have it! I didn't have any fresh flowers to display, but I can't wait to get some to display.