Woodland Herb Garden DIY Project From Mason Jar Crafts Rosemary Medium

Woodland Herb Garden

Great news: we have another cool guest blogger today! Lauren Elise Donaldson, the author of Mason Jar Crafts: DIY Projects for Adorable and Rustic Decor, Storage, Lighting, Gifts and Much More, is here to share this fabulous Woodland Herb Garden DIY with us.

Woodland Herb Garden DIY Project from Mason Jar Crafts

Woodland Herb Garden Project

Grow a mini herb garden, make a Mason jar clock or night light, or create ribbon chandeliers to display in any room…there’s no role the Mason jar can’t fill.

Woodland Herb Garden DIY Project from Mason Jar Crafts Basil

Anyone who spends time in the kitchen understands the benefit of fresh herbs and spices. No matter the size of your home, a small kitchen garden can be tended to yield savory flavors. If your collection of herbs is clogging up valuable counter or windowsill space, start a vertical garden instead. These wooden plaques may be practical, but they are also a beautiful focal point in any kitchen.


  • Inkjet printer
  • Paper
  • Tracing paper
  • Pencil
  • Oval country wood plaques
  • Thin paint brush
  • Metallic bronze acrylic paint
  • Screwdriver
  • 1-hole D-ring hangers
  • ½-inch screws
  • 1½-inch gold cup hooks
  • Half-pint-size Mason jars
  • 14-gauge gold wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Potted herbs
  • Font Used: Jacques & Gilles by Emily Lime
  1. Using computer software, layout the names of each of your herbs. In this example, basil, oregano, rosemary, and thyme were used. Print out these labels. Copy each label on tracing paper in pencil.
  2. On the back of the tracing paper, write over the underside of the labels. When finished, turn the tracing paper back over to the front.Make a Hanging Herb Garden
  3. Position each label over the wood plaques, centered at the top. Firmly trace back over the labels, imprinting the letters into the wood. Remove the tracing paper.Create a Woodland Herb Garden in the Kitchen
  4. Using a thin brush, paint over the labels with bronze acrylic. Allow the paint to dry before proceeding.
  5. Attach one D-ring hanger to the back of each wood plaque with ½-inch screws. One hanger is sufficient to carry the weight of one jar.Hanging Herb Garden
  6. Five inches down from the top of the wood plaque, mark a center point. Twist in a cup hook at this point. Repeat this with the other plaques.Add a cup hook to each plaque
  7. Remove the metal lids and bands from the Mason jars.
  8. Cut one 14-inch piece of wire per jar. Wrap the wire around the lip of the jar. Cross the wires where the 2 ends meet.
  9. Clamp onto the wire ends with the pliers and twist them together twice.DIY Indoor Herb Garden
  10. With one end of the remaining wire, form a loop. Wrap the other end around the loop and cut any excess wire. Add wire hangers to each jar.Woodland Herb Garden
  11. Plant herbs in each of the jars. Hang the jars from their respective wood plaques.

Woodland Herb Garden DIY Project from Mason Jar Crafts Rosemary  Extra Tips

These plaques were designed to form an indoor kitchen garden, but sometimes plants need time outdoors. Because the jars can be removed from the wood plaques, they can be transported outside whenever necessary. Set up the cup hooks on a wall or fence in a sunny spot in your yard as an alternative.

As the plants continue to thrive and grow, they will need larger containers. Consider repotting the herbs in bigger Mason jars or in pots outside.

Reprinted with permission from Mason Jar Crafts by Lauren Elise Donaldson © 2013. Published by Ulysses Press.  Photography courtesy of Ulysses Press.

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  1. Beth@Unskinny Boppy
    [email protected] BoppyJune 20,13

    This is AWESOME!! I love the log slice plaques SO much! Pinning and sharing on facebook!

  2. Adrienne Wppdruff
    Adrienne WppdruffJune 20,13

    Another great idea from garden therapy…thank you.

  3. Nancy @ Artsy Chicks Rule
    Nancy @ Artsy Chicks RuleJune 20,13

    What a fabulous tutorial! And I just love the idea!! Pinning and sharing on FB :)

  4. angel
    angelJune 20,13

    Love this post, I have a slight obsession with mason jars !!

  5. Amy
    AmyJune 21,13

    this is very cute, but the plants will wind up dying with no drainage or access to direct sunlight…

  6. Jennifer @ Town and Country Living
    Jennifer @ Town and Country LivingJune 21,13

    Absolutely LOVE this project. I find my herbs do best in indirect sunlight. For drainage, simply add a layer of small rocks/pebbles at the bottom of the jar. :)

  7. Tammy Waymaster
    Tammy WaymasterJune 22,13

    Great ideas!

  8. Otto Hip Hop cloth
    Otto Hip Hop clothJune 22,13

    I love it!, a great idea!! ;)

  9. Jess
    JessJune 28,13

    Super cute! I really want to do this in my kitchen. I just have to find a space with good enough light!

  10. Alex
    AlexJune 30,13

    Brilliant idea! You never seem to run out of them.

  11. Rachael
    RachaelJune 30,13

    this is awesome!

  12. Rachael
    RachaelJune 30,13

    Shared on Facebook

  13. Lee Ann
    Lee AnnJuly 3,13

    I would never have thought to use the jars and wood in this way. Love the way your doing this and it is another way for me to do another class for those who say they cant do crafts or draw. Thank you for your awesome ideas.

  14. Lee Ann
    Lee AnnJuly 3,13

    I shared on Face Book as well.

  15. Lee Ann
    Lee AnnJuly 3,13

    Sent an email to family

  16. Lee Ann
    Lee AnnJuly 3,13

    Posted on my twitter

  17. Lee Ann
    Lee AnnJuly 3,13

    Posted your site on my pintrest! That is great cause now I can find you all the time.

  18. Lee Ann
    Lee AnnJuly 3,13

    sent an email from Gmail

  19. Rosa Escobedo
    Rosa EscobedoJuly 4,13

    This is such a great idea. I need more herbs in my diet.

  20. Rose K.
    Rose K.July 4,13

    Pinned it!! Would love this book!!

  21. Sherri
    SherriJuly 4,13

    Love the illustrated tutorial and the extra tips!
    Thank you for sharing : )

  22. chey
    cheyJuly 4,13

    What a great idea!

  23. Ruth Dobson
    Ruth DobsonJuly 4,13

    Some fabulous, beautiful ideas!

  24. Pat Hartlen
    Pat HartlenJuly 4,13

    Love this and most great ideas on garden therapy.

  25. Erin
    ErinJuly 4,13

    What a great idea for mason jars! They would look great hanging on my garage!

  26. Peter J
    Peter JJuly 5,13

    Thanks for the chance!

  27. Lisa Bryant
    Lisa BryantJuly 5,13

    I am addicted to crafts using mason jars! I love the combination of the wood slices and the jars!Sharing this with my crafting friends!

  28. Stacy Tornio
    Stacy TornioJuly 5,13

    Love this idea. I shared it on Pinterest and Twitter as well!

  29. Colleen Carey
    Colleen CareyJuly 5,13

    Mason jars never go out of style!

  30. Julie
    JulieJuly 5,13

    What a lovely project! Fresh herbs at my fingertips.

  31. Colleen Carey
    Colleen CareyJuly 5,13

    Posted on Fb.

  32. Dee
    DeeJuly 5,13

    Looks like there are some very clever ideas in those pages….would love to investigate them….

  33. Nancy
    NancyJuly 5,13

    Would. love to win! Thanks!

  34. Lisa Cromer
    Lisa CromerJuly 5,13

    I love ideas with mason jars and this one with herbs is fab….. To win the mason jar craft book would be great too…… I have just recently checked out yalls web site and i love it. Thanks for the chance to win the book and the great web site. gonna share on facebook with all my friends……

  35. Diana
    DianaJuly 5,13

    Thank you for the chance to win this great book. I LOVE Mason jars and have been using them for lots of things for a real long time.

  36. Amy Pellicer
    Amy PellicerJuly 5,13

    Happy Friday! What a good book to have! Thanks for offering this contest! I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I win! Have a GREAT day!

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