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Hanging Jar Planters

Add a greenery accent or decorative herbs with these simple gardens in a jar.

Hanging jar planters

Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

A few hours

Estimated Cost


Tools & Materials


  • Pliers (optional)
  • Wire cutters (optional)


  • Decorative sand, 5-lb bag
  • Pearl stone, 5-lb bag
  • Miracle-Gro organic potting soil, 8 qts, #643840
  • Jars, 1 qt or larger
  • 8-gauge copper bare wire, 2 ft per jar, #14140 (optional)

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Project Resources


Step 1

Select a quart-size or larger jar for your planter. The jar should have a wide opening at the top and a lip large enough to wrap wire around the neck without slipping off. A decorative jar or canning jar will work.

Step 2

Fill the jar about a third full with sand to catch excess water. Wash the small stones and pour enough into the jar to fill it about two-thirds full. Pack the stones tightly against the sand.

Step 3

Add enough soil that the top of the soil will touch the bottoms of the roots on the plant you’ll add. Insert the plant -- herbs and succulents work well -- and add packed soil as needed. Leave a gap between the top of the soil and edge of the jar for easy watering.

Step 4

If the jar lacks a handle, make one from copper electrical wire using the Wire Handle Guide. Cut about 18 inches of wire and bend it at the middle. Add 1/2-inch loops opposite each other on the jar. Then twist the wire ends together, drawing the wire snug against the jar. Trim off the excess wire.

Step 5

Turn quart jars into hanging planters you can fill with succulents or herbs. --Lowe’s Creative Ideas

Trim another piece of wire for the size handle you want. Make a 1/2-inch loop at one end and close it around one of the loops on the jar wire. Bend the wire to shape, make a second 1/2-inch loop, and pass it through the second loop on the jar to complete the handle.