Welcome to the May Home Depot Gift Challenge!
I’m so glad you stopped by today, friends! It’s time for another Monthly Home Depot DIY Gift Challenge! Just in case you’re not familiar with the Monthly Gift Challenge, each month one blogger from our group of 13 will choose an item from Home Depot, then we each make a creative gift using that item. This month it was my turn to choose our item and recipient and I chose the good ole’ trusty 2 x 4. The recipient is a “new home owner”. I tried to think of something useful, but also a bit different than the usual “potted plant” housewarming gift. After racking my brain for a bit, I decided to make my “potted plant” of the edible variety; and came up with this mason jar herb garden. Who doesn’t like fresh herbs? New home-owners don’t usually have the time to start a garden right away, so why not give one as a gift? I like to think of it as the gift that keeps on giving!
*This post is not endorsed or sponsored in any way by the Home Depot. We just love the store and its products and thought it would be a fun and challenging collaboration.
Here’s what you’ll need to make your own:
2 wood 2 x 4′s (mine were 8 ft long)
Saw (OR you can have the friendly sales associates at Home Depot cut the wood to your measurements!)
Electric Sander and/or medium grit sandpaper
Electric drill and drill bits
Wood stain in your choice of colors (I used Provincial by Rustoleum)
Rags for applying the stain
4 seven inch long nails
4 Mason jars (I found mine at Michael’s craft store, already painted, but you could use a clear Mason jar, or paint to your liking)
4 metal braces and screws
Decorative knob (optional, I just thought it jazzed this piece up a bit)
Decorative chalkboard hangars (found at Michael’s but I’ve seen similar ones at Joanne’s, Target, Wal Mart and Hobby Lobby)
Your choice of herbs (4 total) in 2 – 3 inch pots
Measure and mark your 2 x 4′s , then cut to desired length (mine measured 6 ft.)
Stain your wood
Once dry, attach your 2 x 4′s together using the metal braces, spaced evenly apart (see photo)
Turn the boards over and lay your jars and other decorative items on the wood to get a visual of how things will look/fit
Measure, then mark your item placement
Pre-drill between the boards where you will be placing your nails (the nails are so thick that hammering them in without pre-drilling may cause the wood to split)
Hammer in the nails (I hammered mine in about 1 1/2 inches)
Wrap twine around the base of the wood (see photo)
Transfer your herbs into the mason jar, filling with extra soil as needed (tip – this is best done when plant soil is dry)
Securely tie a piece of twine around your mason jars, forming a loop in the back from which to hang your jars. Leave enough length to tie a cute bow (optional).
Hang your jars
Personalize, then hang the chalkboards
I love that this piece can be used inside or out, and because it leans vertically, it doesn’t take up much space!
I hope you enjoyed this Home Depot Gift Challenge! Please make sure you stop by and visit the other talented bloggers participating in the challenge – just click on the pictures below to be taken to each site.
Until next time,
Two Bees In A Pod, Cedar Hill Farmhouse , Between Naps on the Porch, Coastal Charm , Brepurposed, Burlap and Babies, I Should Be Mopping the Floor, My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia , Cozy Little House, Setting For Four, Happy House and Home, Love Grows Wild, Beyond The Picket Fence, The Simple Life Of A Firewife, A Night Owl, A Pinch Of Joy, Keeping It Simple, Huckleberry Love
A Stroll Thru Life, Just A Girl And Her Blog, Home Stories A to Z, Tiny Sidekick, Tip Junkie,The Sits Girls, House On The Way, Hope Studios,
Savvy Southern Style , The Turquoise Home , The Real Housewives of Riverton, Someday Crafts, Crafty Allie, Cherished Bliss, Snap Creativity, The Blissful Bee, Family Home and Life, The Thrifty Home, Made In A Day, Seven Alive, Live Laugh Rowe
Liz Marie Blog, City Farmhouse , Sweet Haute, Chic California, The Pin Junkie , A Delightsome Life , Craftberry Bush, Joy In Our Home, Glitter Glue and Paint, A Glimpse Inside, Too Much Time On My Hands, Posed Perfection, The Pin Junkie, From My Front Porch To Yours, Table + Hearth, All That’s Jas
The Shabby Nest, My Romantic Home , French Country Cottage , The Girl Creative, The 36th Avenue, Lolly Jane, I’m Not A Trophy Wife , The Charm of Home, I Heart Naptime, The Cottage Market
Six Sisters Stuff, Be Different Act Normal , Reasons To Skip The Housework, Funky Junk, It’s Overflowing, A Little Clairification, The Girl Creative, Reasons To Skip The Housework
Thoughts From Alice, View From The Fridge, Under The Table, Delineate Your Dwelling, The DIY Showoff