Mason Jar Planter Activity

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Updated on Nov 5, 2012

Say good-bye to terra cotta and traditional, ho-hum ceramic pots. Instead, jazz up your patio or backyard with hip and quirky planters made from simple Mason jars. It’s the kind of do-it-yourself project that you and your child can actually do yourselves – no fancy equipment or engineering know-how required.

What You Need:

  • Mason jar
  • Soil
  • Plant
  • Colored glass beads
  • String
  • Water

What You Do:

  1. Have your child fill his Mason jar to the brim with loose, unpacked soil.
  2. Show him how to push the glass beads into the jar, up against the sides. The goal is to have bits and pieces of the colored glass visible through the jars.
  3. Let your child make an indentation, or hole, in the loose soil. Make sure the indentation is big enough to accommodate all the plant's roots.
  4. Help him place the plant in the soil.
  5. Have your child pat down the soil around the plant.
  6. Let him wind a length of string around the mouth of the Mason jar.
  7. Help him tie the string in a nice bow.
  8. When he’s all done, show him how to gentle sprinkle water on each of new plants.
  9. The only thing left to do is figure out where you and your child want to display your project – hopefully somewhere where people can see it!  

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