How to Make Cheap Wedding Centerpieces Using Jars


You can use everyday jars to make cheap wedding centerpieces that are unique and beautiful if you follow these simple steps.

Things You'll Need

  • a variety of glass jars
  • wide ribbon or trim
  • filler flowers or bulk candy
  • First, start collecting your jars and tell your friends and family to do the same. Your cheap wedding centerpieces will be unique and memorable if you use a variety of sizes, shapes, and heights, so save everything from mayonnaise jars to baby food jars! Glass is preferable as it looks nicer than plastic.

  • Second, you'll need to peel off the labels. Try a solution that's half vinegar and half water, or purchase some product from your home improvement store - it's usually very affordable. Spray it on the label, let it soak for several minutes, and then use a straight edge to peel off the glue.

  • Third, you want to wrap the neck of the jar with some wide and festive ribbon or trim. Try your fabric supply store for the best choices. You want your cheap wedding centerpieces to look as professional as possible, so use ribbon that's wide enough to cover the entire neck. Also, make sure that the length of the ribbon flows to the table.

  • Fourth, you'll need to fill the jars with chocolate kisses, colorful candies, or fresh flowers. Flowers are best to dress up cheap wedding centerpieces but they can be pricey, so consider using "filler" items such as baby's breath, ferns, and other stems. If you use flowers, you should probably transport them to the reception area empty and then fill them with the water and flowers.

  • Fifth, practice grouping your jars before your wedding. Play with the different heights and sizes to see what looks better, and make sure that you coordinate your flowers and greens between the jars so everything looks pulled together.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use different types of ribbon but make sure they're coordinated on each table. Try black and white or silver and light blue, or a variety of white scalloped ribbons.
  • When you practice your groupings to coordinate the different sizes, take a picture of each grouping so you know how to set them up at the reception site.
  • Be sure to have a friend help with assembling and with transporting as well since you'll be busy doing so many other things that day!
  • Empty jars can be beautiful on their own. Dress up the setting by putting scrapbook paper under them or sprinkling confetti around them.
  • Be careful transporting them; put dish towels or newspaper between them as you pack them up so they don't break on the way to your reception site.

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