Easy DIY Modern Mason Jar Mantel / Shelf
Seeing this in person is a lot better than just describing it in text. If you just read "this is a mason jar attached to the bottom side of a shelf that hangs on the wall", it would make anyone look the other direction and keep going.
This particular design is easy to build, inexpensive to build, and adds that perfect touch to the empty space on your wall. All the hardware you need can be purchased at Lowes or Home Depot for hardly anything. You will learn to love these stores!
This piece of mason jar furniture would go well in any room, since its colors and style are more of a natural feel, rather than bright unmatching colors or gaudy and bulky.
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The supplies are pretty simple:
* A mason jar with a zinc lid (zinc lid not required)
* A couple of small screws.
* A drill bit large enough to drill a hole large enough for flowers (for this example). Or, get a circular bit that will just cut a perfect hole automatically.
* Drill same size (or close) hole in top of mason jar lid.
* A power drill
* A 36" piece of cut board, or whatever size will fit your liking.
* A support brace of some sort (just pick your favorite from Lowes, Home Depot, or Walmart).
This part is actually very easy and doesn't need much explaining.
Take the two support braces and screw them into the ends of your board.
Then, using a drill bit large enough to get a hole in the board that is around 1 to 2.5 inches, make your hole where you want the center of the mason jar to line up with.
Take your zinc lid (or regular lid) and screw it into the bottom side of the board, centered on the hole. You'll want to use a couple of small screws that won't interfere with the jar being screwed into the lid.
That is basically it. Really simple. The only suggestion I have is that you measure where the studs in the wall are, and cut the length of your board in accordance to those dimensions.
What about those walls?
I couldn't help but notice the walls in the photo. Adding a lower-mid section of trim across the wall and painting the lower half brown really is a nice compliment to this modern mason jar shelf.
You can purchase the trim at the same stores for very cheap. Paint it white using indoor semi-gloss or flat white paint, and use nails to drive it into the wall. After using the nails to drive it in, go back with a tiny amount of spackle and cover your nail hole, then use a q-tip or something small to paint over the spackle.
Start by placing masking tape in a straight line where you want your trim to be.
Then, roll your brown paint on the wall all the way up to the masking tape line (it is okay to go a little higher than the masking tape on accident, because the trim gives you room to cover it up.
You don't want to put the trim on and THEN paint, because it won't be as crisp of a line.
Very very simple to add this to your home as well.