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Spring Mantel and DIY Mason Jar Succulents!

I am SO ready for Spring!!

I thought maybe Spring would get to my house faster if I started working on some Spring projects.

I have been obsessed with West Elm’s Spring Succulents in their catalog. I went to their store to check them out and while the West Elm version was out of my price range, I tried to recreate the same feeling with some DIY Mason Jar Succulents.

So I hit up my local thrift store. For less than $1 I found some awesome vintage mason jars. And I found a few new ones at Hobby Lobby too.

Once I had the mason jars, I headed over to Lowes and picked up some succulents.

And then I picked up some pretty pastel glass beads. I found mine at Target, but you can find them at the Dollar Store too.

Here’s how I made the Mason Jar Succulents:

 

I took the mason jars, put a layer of pretty glass rocks or gravel rocks, or both in each jar and then a fine layer of potting soil and then put the succulent at the top of the jar.

 

TIP – you may notice that a couple of the jars the soil is mixing down into the pebbles. Here’s what I discovered to keep that from happening (hopefully). Get the soil wet in a bowl with water first before you put it in the jars. Mix the water and soil up so it’s wet but not dripping wet. So you will layer your pebbles and/or rocks at the bottom of the jar, then add the WET soil. The wetness of the soil should keep the soil together in a layer. Then pack it down a little to pack the soil together. Then put the succulent on top of that soil. I had a reader ask about mold. We don’t have much mold in Utah, but the layers of rocks and pebbles at the bottom should keep some air in the jar and cut down on any mold. I only made these about a week ago so I will keep you updated on that. xoxo

And that is it. So easy!!

I added these succulents to my Spring Mantel. I layered some on a few of my cake plates on the mantel on on a tray on the coffee table.

I also added a Chevron Bunting I made a few years ago with my Silhouette.

 

Now – I am waiting for the sun to come out and melt all of this snow.

 This is Ella in our driveaway yesterday. We’ve had so much snow this year:

Are YOU excited for SPRING?

Have you made any projects for YOUR home?

Share your projects in the comments — we would love to come over and see YOUR ideas!!

 

HAPPY SPRING!!

xoxo

Comments

  1. You can add some charcoal above the pebbles but below the soil to help with mold prevention. You can buy charcoal in a nursery, it’s often used for Orchids.

  2. I am going to try two of these to donate to a silent auction for church this weekend. Will try to take some photos.

  3. Hello! Just wanted to let you know that I will be featuring this project on the front page of looksisquare.com (a new submission-based website) for my Looksi Takeover day (today the 4th) featuring my favorite mason jar projects from around blog land! :) The project will linked back to your site. I hope you will check us out and maybe even submit a few projects as well!

  4. love it..how do you take care of it long term???

  5. About the soil falling into the rocks…try putting it in the toe of an old set of panty hoes. I am making one right now and that is my plan! Hope it works lol.Thanks for the idea.

  6. I love plants, especially succulents…what a wonderful way to grow and display them.

  7. succulents and the thrift store, what more could a girl ask for! Thanks for the cute idea. Will be making some for my kitchen.

  8. Star bailey says:

    Love it. I am a big fan of the succulent my mom used to call “hens and chicks” and I think that’s what you are using. I am wondering how to take care of the plants long term. What is your watering method. ( btw I live in arizona and its going to be 80* today )

  9. I’ve been so hooked on succulents lately too!! Love how you put them in mason jars Jen!

  10. Soooo excited for SPRING!! Love the chevron bunting and springy colours… I plan to plant some (outdoor) primulas tomorrow to start my Pre-spring Spring fix!

  11. Yours are so nice! I do not have a green thumb with house plants. I keep trying though.

  12. I love the simplicity of these.. and what a contrast between that HUGE pile of snow if your driveway :) These would make great housewarming gifts. Thanks for sharing this with us.
    xo
    Angelina

    • I love that idea Angelina!! How cute would it be to make one of those succulents and take them to a neighbor?? I need to make a printable to go with them. You are so smart!!

      xoxox

  13. I love the succulants in the mason jars!! That’s clever!! Your mantel is beautiful especially with the plants. In Houston, we have been having Spring weather for the past month. So, I’m all into Spring :)

  14. Just an idea. Cut out a small circle of a coffee filter (small enough to it doesn’t show thru the jar) and lay on top of the pebbles before you add your soil and succulent. I’m gonna make these with my preschoolers for Mother’s Day. Ha ha, I know a coupe months away, but never to early to get started on planning.

  15. Super cute mantel! You used all my favorite colors! The succulents are are so spring-y and I love them! I also love that mirror and was wondering where you found it. Thanks so much!

    Kelsey

  16. Oh, I love succulents! And they look really nice in a jar with those pastel glass beads!
    Thanks for the inspiration.

    Love, Midsommarflicka

  17. Wow! What a simple way to bring in some green on these gloomy, snowy days (which I am pretty tried of now lol) I have so many jars & we really need some actual plants in this basement apartment of ours…. I just might be doing this before the week is up! Thanks so much for sharing!!!

    • Thanks Danielle!! Let’s both wish for Spring and maybe it will come :) I had another commenter wonder about putting a small coffee filter in between the pebbles and soil, if that would keep them separated. You might want to try that if you make some.

      Have a great night!!

      xoxo

  18. i love succulents!!! they look adorable in the mason jars! I am hoping all your energy rubs off on me soon! I have so many ideas…but have no energy! lol

    xo
    kellie

    • Thanks Kellie!! Every day I have woken up and wanted to crawl back in bed. I think it’s the gloomy weather. I can’t wait until Spring. Thanks for the comment my cute friend!

      xoxo

  19. I love your spring mantel. Hopefully, your enthusiasm will entice it here quicker. That is a lot of snow!

    • I hope so!! I will be sad if it snows all the way to June. We have so much snow piled on our lawn that I can’t imagine it all melting haha!! Thanks for the sweet comment Lisa!

      xoxo

  20. So pretty! Like April, I’m also wondering about the soil seeping down when they are watered. How do you keep them from doing that so they will stay nice looking? Also, is there a problem with mold? Thanks for posting this great idea!

    • Hi Trish!! Here’s the tip about the soil. I made a couple and saw that they soil was starting to seep down , so what you need to do is get the soil wet before you put it on top of the layer of pebbles or rocks. Then pack it a little to keep it in place, then put the succulent on top of that soil. That way the wetness keeps the soil in place. As far as mold, I only made these about a week ago and it’s so dry here that I don’t think I’ll have a problem, but the layers of pebbles or rocks should keep air at the bottom of the jar and keep mold from growing :)

      I will update my tutorial with this step – I meant to do that last night and then forgot.

      xox

  21. These mason jar succulents are so adorable. My hubs loves mason jars- I might just have to make some to get in the mood for spring! Great Idea!
    I would love to also invite you to join Totally Tuesday and link up your blog for my first ever link party: http://www.madcapfrenzy.blogspot.com/2013/02/totally-tuesday-1-link-party-time.html

  22. beautiful as usual!!!

  23. I am in love with that globe! Ive never seen one so small. Can I ask where you got it?

  24. That is your driveway? Wowzas! Your succulents look so pretty in those jars with the rocks. For sure brightens up the space (:

    • Thanks girls!! I need some color here it’s so blah and wintery!!

      Thanks for the sweet comment. I hope you are having a great day!

      xoxo

  25. These are beautiful. Just the right touch of color for spring! How do you keep the potting soil from seeping down into the pebbles once you water them? Does it seep down and ruin the look of the pretty pebbles? Just wondering!

    • Hi April!! Here’s the tip about the soil. I made a couple and saw that they soil was starting to seep down , so what you need to do is get the soil wet before you put it on top of the layer of pebbles or rocks. Then pack it a little to keep it in place, then put the succulent on top of that soil. That way the wetness keeps the soil in place. As far as mold, I only made these about a week ago and it’s so dry here that I don’t think I’ll have a problem, but the layers of pebbles or rocks should keep air at the bottom of the jar and keep mold from growing :)

      I will update my tutorial with this step – I meant to do that last night and then forgot.

      xox

      • Thank you so much for the clarification. I cannot to try!

      • I wonder if you wrapped the soil / succulent in a bit of wet newspaper? then sunk it into the marbles a bit? or maybe a wet paper towel over the glass beads between the soil?

  26. FANTASTIC.. love it all. Your mantel decor is amazing, just like you. XO jen

  27. I love your Spring mantel! So festive! : )

    Kayla
    http://www.lovelucygirl.com

  28. Very fun! That looks so easy! I love all the different elements on your mantle. Oh and the snow, I wish we had a little. What a beautiful view of the mountains from your driveway!

    • Thanks Chessa!!

      We are really lucky to live so close to the mountains. I will trade you for the snow though haha!!

      xoxoxoo

  29. That will be the perfect project to make me think of warmer weather.
    Still snowy here in Nebraska. Thanks for the great idea!
    Deb@LakeGirlPaints

    • Thanks Deb!! Isn’t this winter crazy?? We have so much snow here and it’s snowing again today. Stay warm!!

      xxo

  30. I love the way yours look. I am holding off changing things to spring for a little longer…still too cold here. Dianntha

    • Hi Dianntha!!

      I know what you are saying!! It is so cold and snowy here. I can’t wait for Spring, but I think it’s not going to be here for quite awhile! Stay warm!!

      xoxo

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