When I moved into my new apartment a few months ago, I was inspired to start more DIY home decor projects. Mason jars have been all the rage lately, and I’ll admit I’m into the rustic vibes. One of my favorite things to do is walk around craft stores or a Target to get some crafting inspo (its actually really fun – I promise!). At every store I kept seeing these mason jar holders, but like everything that is trendy for the home, it was way pricier than what I was willing to pay.
I made my own version of this functional home decor based on this super helpful video tutorial from TheSorryGirls (a.k.a. one of my favorite DIY-ers on the internet! They are so creative and I love getting inspiration from them!).
- 3 Mason Jars
- 3 Hose Clamps // I got a 10-pack from Amazon (Size: 1/2 in width, 1 13/16 – 2 3/4 in diameter). Make sure to check the sizing! The first pack I bought was too small to wrap around the jars.
- Ply wood piece // Home Depot has spare wood pieces for free! And you can choose the size you want, or have the employee there cut it to size for you. Love Home Depot.
- 3 Hooks // I got mine from Amazon
- 3 long screws // I used the screws that came with the hooks from Amazon
- Wood Stain
- Sawtooth Photo Frame Mounts
- Measuring tape or long ruler
Please excuse my scattered crafting station and my knees popping out in the photo.
Since the ply wood piece I grabbed from Home Depot was unstained and unfinished (I forgot to take a photo – whoops!), the first thing I did was sand down the sides and corners to smooth everything down. Next, I stained the wood by painting a on a few a coats of the dark wood stain. Note: I have never stained wood before so if there’s a more professional way to do it, please share with me!
Once the stain is dry, using the ruler or measuring tape, mark 3 evenly spaced points to note where the mason jars will be.
The hose clamps will wrap around the jar and attach to the wood piece. Adjust the width by loosening/tightening the screw on the side.
Place the hose clamp over the mark you made. Make sure the screw part of the clamp is facing out so that it can still be adjusted after it’s attached (see photo above). Place a sawtooth wall mount over the clamp to secure, then nail it in place. Once secured, repeat this for the remaining two mason jars.
Finally, screw the hooks onto the wood piece. This part is optional and you can place them wherever you’d like on the piece depending on the aesthetic you’re going for! I wanted the whole decor to be functional, so I screwed in 3 hooks, one under each jar.
Figuring how to mount the whole piece took some trial and error. Because it was pretty heavy, I ended up attaching two triangle hooks to the back: one on each corner. Then, I looped wire around the triangles so that I can hang it from the wire (see first photo of this post).
Less-expensive hose clamp options: Since I bought a 10-pack of hose clamps, I was left with a bunch of hose clamps after this project that I have no use for (yet). I realized pretty soon after that you can buy individual hose clamps at Home Depot (HD coming thru again!!) for $.98 each, which is a super DIY steal!
Other mounting ideas: A friend of mine had the idea that I could drill holes to the top corners and attach a thick rope to it. I loved this for many reasons: 1. I love using my drill, 2. It matches really well with a hanging shelf I made (post coming soon!), and 3. It really enhances the rustic look so much more.
This was one of my favorite DIY’s because of how accessible it was and how functional and versatile it can be! I can use it to hold pens and pencils, kitchen utensils, or as a plant holder. So many options!