Mason Jars For Wedding Decorations...Rustic, Beautiful & Cheap!
Mason Jars Are For More Than Just Canning!
Everyone seems to have one rolling around in their cabinets somewhere...under the kitchen sink, in the pantry, in the refrigerator still filled with Great Aunt Susie's apple jelly...we're talking about the lowly Mason jar. Designed for utility,not beauty, the Mason jar has turned into a major force in rustic wedding decorating with more and more brides choosing a vintage wedding as their theme. The beauty of the Mason jar is its simplicity...and its versatility. They can be used for everything from lighting to favors to décor and a lot in between.They even travel well, making them easy to transport to the reception location. And best of all, they're inexpensive which pretty much puts them high on everyone's list!
Who Is Mason Anyway?
Mason jars, canning jars or as some people call them Ball jars were invented by John Mason, a tinsmith, in 1858. Did he have a clue that his invention was going to be such a hit with brides over 150 years later? Probably not, because they were initially invented to improve the process of preserving and canning food, back in the day when growing your own food was a necessity and not just a hobby. The two most popular types of Mason jars these days are Kerr and Ball brand, both of them owned by Jarden Manufacturing. The good people at Jarden must be laughing all the way to the bank these days with brides using at a minimum around a dozen and at a maximum 100's if they provide them as drinking glasses or favors for their guests.
Mason Jars With Candles
Using Mason Jars As Candle Holders
Mason jars make great candle holders for wedding décor. But you don't want to just jam a candle in the jar and go on about your business! Well, you could, but this is a wedding, so let's show a little finesse. For safety's sake and to make sure your candle doesn't go rolling around your jar, anchor it by putting in a layer of sand or surrounding it with decorative rocks or colored gems. One of the great things about Mason jars is that they were invented to withstand the heat from the canning process, so the heat from your candle shouldn't bother it at all.
There are tons of different ways to dress up your mason jar, so it will look alot prettier as a candleholder. You could cut a two - three inch strip of burlap and wrap it around the jar, followed by a one inch ribbon to match your wedding colors tied in a bow. A gorgeous way to let that candlelight shine through your mason jar is to cover it with cloth doilies on the outside. It's an easy thing to do and all you need is a can of Spray Mount and some doilies. The light looks amazing shining through the openings in the doilies. For any of these, follow up by tying several strands of raffia around the rim of the jar and tie in a knot or a bow.
Mason Jars For Favors Or Other Décor
Mason jars are great for holding favors of all kinds. You could put anything in them, M&M's in your wedding colors, a cookie mix done in pretty layers with baking instructions attached. And yes, you could even use the jars for their original purpose and make jelly or jam for all your guests. You could fill them up with a regional favorite like saltwater taffy if you live in Maine or pralines for those who live in Georgia. To kill two birds with one stone, you could use the mason jars as drinking glasses and then let each guest take his or hers home at the end of the night. Or to kill THREE birds with one stone, you could attach a place card to each jar and they could be your place card holders as well.
Mason jars make beautiful centerpieces, particularly when filled with wildflowers or rustic looking flowers like sunflowers or daisies. The less fuss the better for these arrangements or you'll ruin the rustic look you're trying to create. Around the mouth of the jar, rip, not cut, because the frayed edges are part of the overall look, strips of fabrics in small vintage looking prints and tie a cute bow around the rim of each jar.
Mason Jars For Jam Favors
Mason Jars As Drinking Glasses
DIY Antique Blue Mason Jars
The antique blue mason jars are in high demand right now and they can be quite expensive if you need multiples of them. But unless your guests can sit in for guest host for the "Antiques Roadshow" host, can they truly tell the difference between ones you've DIYed and the real thing? Probably not, so make your own clever fakes and they'll be none the wiser. Now we're not talking about coloring antique jars, please don't do that, because that's pretty much a sacrilege in the Mason jar world and we would make you turn in your Mason Jar Appreciation Fan Club card for that! We're talking about the less than a dollar apiece Mason jars you can buy at Wal-mart or your neighborhood grocery store.
There are plenty of methods rolling around on the web right now using Mod Podge and craft paint to color Mason jars. Those are nice if you don't plan to use your jar for anything, but display, but they are not water-safe which defeats the purpose if you're wanting to use them for a vase. For a more permanent solution to antiquing your Mason jars, there's a great paint made for glass called Vitrea 160 that actually comes in turquoise to create that antique look you're after.
How To Color Your Own Jars
Mason Jars To Hang
Mason jars look great just hanging around! A great way to use Mason jars at a wedding is for pew markers. They can be filled with flowers or candles and suspended from a shepherd's hook. Wedding not indoors, so there's no way to push the hook down into the ground? No problem...now stores likes Lowe's and Home Depot are selling shepherd's hooks with a base that are free-standing. You can even hang the jars from trees, but you don't need to invest in those $8.00 apiece hanging Mason jars you see in specialty stores. You can easily DIY your own with some inexpensive florist's wire, some wire cutters, and a pair of pliers. You can even create your own Mason jar chandelier using a pot rack, wire, and jars.
EASY DIY Hanging Mason Jar Candleholders
Mason Jars As Pew Markers
Most definitely, like burlap and milk glass, Mason jars are great additions to wedding décor. Sturdy, beautiful, and nostalgic, they lend a wonderful rustic ambience to any wedding, indoors or out. For those DIY lovers out there who just can't get enough of make it yourself projects, here are more great DIY articles for your reading enjoyment:
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