Project: Plants in a Jar

So I have this blue shelf that I got at an antique store several years ago, and every time I move I have to figure out how to decorate it. When I lived with my sister it was easy because we just put a bunch of pictures of our niece on it. But now I live with a Craigslist roommate, so we don't have any shared pictures to put on the shelf. 

I had a tiny crochet cactus and a vase with fake flowers in it, so I went ahead and put those on there. I also had a tiny jar that wasn't getting any use, and I've been trying to think of something to do with it for a while. I've always had this idea to own a lot of tiny jars and fill them with random things that make me look like a witch ready to put together some potions and spells at a moment's notice. But I don't think I'm quite ready for that stage of my life yet, so I decided to do fake plants instead.

This is literally the easiest project ever. I bought some "soil" and jars and some greenery and messed around with them until they looked cute. If I were to do this again, I'd buy a funnel to get the little rocks inside each jar. I'd also be more intentional about the greenery I bought - a couple of the things were too big to fit in the opening of some of the jars. Mostly, though, I just cut pieces of the greenery and stuck them in the soil and moved them around to look more realistic. I didn't have to use glue or anything; they stay in place pretty well since the space they're in is so small. 

Also pictured is a piece of wall art in my room that has two mason jars attached to it. I used to have real flowers in those jars, but I'm particularly bad at drying out flowers, so when I opened the jars it was absolutely rancid. Don't ever put live flowers in jars unless you want to smell the grossest thing you've ever smelled in your life. 

Anyway, once I thoroughly cleaned out those jars I filled them with a little soil and figured out which greenery I wanted in each. I realized with this project that less is more - putting just a few pieces of tall grass into the soil looks better than shoving several different types of greenery in there. It's good to have different colors, too, but I tried to only have a couple different shades of green, yellow and a little bit of white. Anything more than a few colors just ends up looking ridiculous. You want each jar to have a different look to it, but not too different that they don't look good next to each other.

Seriously, this is the easiest project ever. All of this stuff is always on sale at Michaels and you only need to buy about three small pieces of greenery to fill the jars. I filled four small jars and two large jars and still have a ton of greenery left. In total, I spent about $15. 

This project seems really self-explanatory, I know, but I figured I'd share since it took me a while to actually think of it. If you're like me and have random jars that you need something to do with, I hope this helps. 

Buy greenery
Soil option - the one I have is Tiny Treasures, but for some reason that's impossible to find on the Michaels website.