Don’t you love long weekends? I always feel like I get so much accomplished when I have a 3 day weekend. This past weekend was no exception. I’ve been invited to do a Hometalk demo at Milner Village Garden Centre in Langley this Saturday. I wracked my brain trying to come up with the perfect DIY project. I wanted something that made people stop and take notice but that was easy enough that anyone could do it… if they only knew how.
When I think of DIY I think of something that you could buy at the store but that you choose to make yourself at home. For me, DIY projects are usually sewing and craft projects. My Dad has owned his own construction company since before I was born. He and my mom built the house that I grew up in. I grew up with a Dad who is handy to the extreme, but I always relied on him (and then The Hubs) to do all of my building projects for me. A few weeks ago I was at SNAP Conference where I spent quite a bit of time hanging out with Ryobi Power Tools and Home Depot. Ryobi gave me the opportunity to play with a bunch of their power tools and I left feeling empowered to take on DIY building projects of my own.
My DIY Pallet Mason Jar Herb Garden Tutorial is my first venture into the world of DIY building projects. I hope that you enjoy it and that the instructions are clear enough that you feel empowered to take on this project on your own as well!
DIY Pallet Mason Jar Herb Garden Tutorial
- 1 pallet
- Sand paper
- A collection of wide mouthed mason jars (you can use a variety of sizes, just make sure that you get plants that are small enough to fit in the jars you select)
- Drill and drill bits
- Flat head screw driver
- Worm clamps (These are the round pieces that will wrap around your mason jars and be attached to the pallet. Available at your local Home Depot, I found them in the section with heating ducts. I used 4″ worm clamps for my large mason jars and 3″ worm clamps for my small mason jars.)
- Zinc machine bolts and wing nuts (We used 1/4″ -20 which ended up being a great size for this project)
- Paint, paint brushes and drop cloths (optional)
- Herb starts
- Potting soil
- Rocks or gravel for drainage at the bottom of your mason jars (I used Mosser Lee river rock soil cover available in the garden section of Home Depot.)
First things first… a note on pallets. When using pallets for garden or home projects you want to look for heat treated pallets (vs. chemically treated pallets). I had heard this before but had not idea how one would tell if a pallet was heat treated or chemically treated. I found out the answer this weekend! When a pallet is heat treated it will be stamped with an “HT” like the stamp above. You will usually find this stamp on the side of the pallet or on the back. If you see the HT stamp you are good to go!
Step 1- Gather together your materials and sand your pallet to remove any pieces that will sliver. I left my pallet fairly rough but at the same time didn’t want the kids getting slivers if touching it.
Step 2- Paint your pallet (if you wish, I think it would also look nice in natural wood) and allow to dry. We left it overnight to dry. If you want to complete the project in one day leave to dry for 2-3 hours.
Step 4- Drill holes in each of your worm clamps. (Don’t worry if your worm clamp gets slightly flattened when drilling. As soon as you tighten it around your mason jar it will re-shape into a circle.)
Step 5- Insert bolt through the hole that you just drilled in your worm clamp. Using a flat head screwdriver tighten the worm clamp around your mason jar. (This is a super easy process. On the left hand side of the photo you will see a screw. If you tighten the screw it pulls the excess worm clamp through the screw mechanism tightening around the mason jar. You can make it super tight so that there is no way that mason jar will slip out.)
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