When it comes to decorating for a wedding it’s all about glitz and glamour. Silver and gold, ribbons and bows, satin and lace – these things go hand-in-hand with weddings. Sparkly, beautiful wedding décor generally comes with a hefty price tag but many things can be made rather than purchased. If you have canning jars you’ll soon find that to be true. They can be easily made into gorgeous table candles and bouquets that are perfect for a wedding. Although it doesn’t take much money or effort to make canning jar candles and flowers your guests will think you went all-out when they see how pretty they are upon completion.
Around Christmastime you can often find silver or gold potpourri, but when it’s not the holiday season, the metallic potpourri is nearly impossible to buy. Make your own by spray painting potpourri yourself. The best potpourri for the canning jar candles will have large pieces. The scent of the potpourri doesn’t matter because guests will not be able to detect any aroma from the finished candles. So, if you have old potpourri around your house, and it’s lost it’s scent, it’s perfect for painting. Lay the potpourri on a newspaper and spray them, allow to dry, then turn them over and spray the other side. Fill canning jars nearly to the rim with the painted potpourri.
If you have no potpourri you have many other choices. Paint seashells silver or gold, make little balls of foil, or simply fill the jars with marbles. Paint the shells, potpourri or other items with metallic paints or choose a color from your wedding scheme.
One way to finish the canning jars is to set a large candle directly into the mouth of the jar. This technique works if you can find candles that fit snugly into the opening. It might be necessary to trim around the bottom of the candle to get it to fit properly but it’s important that these candles sit steady in the jar.
Another method of turning the canning jars into candles is to set a glass votive candle holder in the opening. Many fluted or flared glass votive holders will fit nicely into the jar opening.
Instead of candles you can make flower arrangements in the filled jars. Paint a Styrofoam disk in the same color as the shells or potpourri. Position the disk over the shells or other objects. Poke a hole in the Styrofoam, apply a little glue on the end of the floral piece, then position it in the hole. Continue to do this until you’re finished with the arrangement.
Whether you’re making candles or flower arrangements wrap a wide ribbon around the mouth of the jar and tie it in a bow. The canning jar décor pieces add a touch of elegance to any wedding – or other occasions!