Cacti, Pastels And Macrame | Mason Jar DIY

Sometimes I just feel like being creative and try lots of DIY’s. When I am browsing through Pinterest for some inspiration, I always end up finding so many project I would like to do. Lucky for me I have a very creative mom and friends, which is always a plus when I want to have a DIY day. Because being creative is more fun when you can do it together. Anyways, in this post you’ll see three different DIY’s with the original Ball Mason Jars! I am not going to spoil too much in this intro so let’s get started!

For this first cacti DIY you’ll need: Mason Jars, plants (of your choice), little decorative stones and garden soil. Eline and I got our Ball Mason Jars here but I think you can also buy them at a craft store or maybe even a supermarket. We especially wanted to use Ball Mason Jars for this DIY but you can use whatever jars you like.

As you’re may be able to see, this DIY involves a lot of cacti (which are my favorite). First thing you want to do is add a layer (thick or thin, it depends on the size of your jar) of stones. Eline and I had to put these stones in again a couple of times because we couldn’t decide how thick we wanted the first layer to be. If you’re happy with the stones, add a layer of garden soil. Since we only used cacti, I got this special cacti soil. Until now, the cacti are still doing really well so maybe that kind of soil works really well. Make little holes in the middle of the garden soil so you can put your cacti in. Keep in mind that the cacti are bigger than you think when you have to put them in a mason jar (let me tell you, I thought I could fit a couple in one but I was wrong haha).

And in the photos above you can see how the first DIY turned out. In the end I only ended up making two of these but I want to make many more in the future! This is such a fun way to keep cacti and it also looks nice with the different layers in the mason jar.

On to the next DIY! Here’s what you’ll need for this pastel DIY: Mason Jars (I chose to use three but you can use however many you like), different colors of matte paint (I picked light pink, white and grey), a paintbrush and sandpaper.

Since you don’t want to get paint all over your table, make sure to put down some old newspapers like I did. When you’ve done that, clean your jars with some water and make sure that they are completely dry after that. This is when you can start painting. As you can see in the photo above, you have to add a couple of layers because it’s completely opaque (fancy choice of words, am I right?). Eline wanted hers to look neat and I wanted mine to have a vintage look. When the jars were dry, I grabbed a piece of sandpaper and started messing up the paint a little bit. You can do this very well with the Ball Mason Jars because they have letters and measurements on it.

In the photo below you can see the end result and I love how they turned out. At first I wasn’t really sure because the paint wasn’t really opaque but they’ve been sitting in my room for a little while and I actually like how they look.

The last but not least DIY is one I found while scrolling through Pinterest. When I saw this image, I really like it and wanted to recreate it. As a little girl I used to try to make thing with macrame all of the time. So when I saw people were doing these DIY macrame plant hangers, I just had to try it. I have to be honest, I am not the best at macrame anymore so I decided to ask for help from my mom since she can do anything (thans mommy!). For this DIY you need: A Mason Jar, thread of your choice and a pair of scissors.

Before we started this DIY, my mom warned me that there are so many different ways to do macrame. I didn’t mind what this would look like because I think all macrame things look nice. It’s also very hard to describe what you have to do to create one type of macrame. When I saw my mom doing this, I already thought of different ways you could also do it. That’s why I’ve decided to look for a video that will explain you the easiest DIY.

Of course I will try to explain the one my mom used. Step 1: Cut eight different pieces of tread. Step 2: Lay one of the pieces around and put the other seven around it (like in the photo above). Step 3: Tie the piece with all the pieces on it to the Mason Jar. Step 4: Start tying two pieces of different pieces of thread together. Step 5: Keeping doing this until you get to the middle of your jar. This is when you want to start doing ‘real’ macrame. My mom used this technique. Step 6: Keeping going until you’re happy with your end result. You can keep using the macrame technique  or just keep tying different pieces together. Step 7: When you come to the bottom of your jar, you can do different things. You can just make a knot at the bottom but you can also tie the rest of the thread together to make tassel. Step 8: Tie a thread to the top and hang your macrame plant hanger wherever you like!

Fun fact: Eline and I actually spent a whole day creating these DIY’s haha. When we start a project (well in this case more projects), we just want to finish it so bad. So yeah, when you feel like doing a big DIY project and have a whole day for it, try to do these three! You can give your own spin on all of them. For the last one you can use different kind of thread or rope, for the pastel one you could also use brighter colors and for the cacti DIY you can choose whatever cacti you like. Anyways, did you like this post? Which of these DIY’s is your favorite?

Love,

Neeltje

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52 responses to “Cacti, Pastels And Macrame | Mason Jar DIY

  1. WAUW!! Ik had net op je instagram foto gereageerd en zag dat je een blog hebt. Ik vind hem echt super gaaf, echt heel mooi hoe je het allemaal doet <3

  2. Wow, thanks so much for sharing these fab DIY ideas with us, I’d love to try the second one especially. I can seriously get lost in Pinterest, you can find a DIY for nearly anything and everything these days! I hope you’re having a great start to your week so far, lovely!

    XO,

    Jalisa
    http://www.thestylecontour.com

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