Fresh flowers are one of those things that make a house feel like a home. Give them a special place to bloom with this DIY mason jar flower shelf.
Despite the little bits of sawing and drilling, this DIY is actually really easy! But if power tools aren’t really your thing, this is an excellent boyfriend project.
You both get to spend quality time with each other, he gets to teach you about woodworking and things, and you end up with a beautiful creation—everyone wins!
I happen to have a breezeway in my kitchen that was absolutely perfect for a flower shelf, but I’ve included alternate instructions for a wall-mounted shelf in case you don’t.
- 1″ x 4″ board, cut to desired length
- Five mason jars (with lids)
- Spray paint (I used gold)
- Hot glue gun/glue sticks
- 20 1/2″ sheet metal screws
- Drill with small dowel bit and 3/4″ hole saw bit
- Four 1 1/2″ screws & four WallDogs (for breezeway) OR two shelf brackets with screws (for wall)
- Cut the board to desired length (you can get it cut for you at Home Depot if you’d prefer not to do it yourself). Mine was about 3′, to match the width of my breezeway; yours should either match the width of your breezeway or the spacing of your studs (you can use a stud finder to determine the spacing).
- If making a breezeway shelf, cut two 4″ pieces as well to go on the ends (you can skip this step if your shelf will be mounted on a wall).
- Measure the width of your board and draw a straight line length-wise down the middle of the board with a pencil. Using the line for guidance, space the mason jar lids evenly on top (this will require a little math if you want them to be exact—otherwise just trust your eye), leaving a little extra room on the ends, and trace around the lids.
- Attach the lids. First, apply hot glue around the edge of each one and press down until dry. Next, drill four 1/2″ sheet metal screws into each lid, about 1/4″ from the top, bottom, left, and right edges.
- Drill a 3/4″ hole into the center of each lid. This should go through both the lid and the would, so you have a hole to put your flowers in. We used a hole saw.
- Spray paint the boards. Use two to three coats on each side if you want the grain to show through a bit (it looked pretty that way with the gold). Or, if you’d prefer your color to be opaque, apply two coats of primer before adding the color. You can tape off the lids if you’d like to retain their original color, or paint them with the boards to match.
- If you’re making a breezeway shelf, drill a small hole into each corner of the longer board using a small dowel bit, then line up the bottom of each smaller piece of wood with the top of each longer one, making a 90° angle (see photo above for reference). Screw your 1 1/2″ screws into the holes to connect the pieces. If you’re making a wall-mounted shelf, screw your L brackets to the ends of your board, so they’ll be flush with the wall. Measure so they’ll align with the studs in your wall.
- Mount your shelf. For a breezeway shelf, use a bit of force to lodge the shelf to fit in the breezeway (it will be tight, since it’s cut to the exact measurement), then drill the wall dogs into the bottom of each side piece to hold it in place. For a wall-mounted shelf, align the shelf with your studs, then screw in the brackets.
Feel free to email me if you have any questions!