How to Cover a Mason Jar With Material for a Centerpiece

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Cover a mason jar with material--such as fabric, cloth or even tissue paper--and fill them with flowers, candles or your choice of filler to use as a centerpiece for your wedding, party or other celebration. This allows you to make simple, inexpensive, attractive centerpieces that you can change or update for other events later if you choose. Use the same fabric for every centerpiece or mix it up and use two different colors or even patterns that stay within the same color scheme.

Things You'll Need

  • Mason jars
  • Fabric or tissue paper
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun
  • Ribbon
  • Clean all of the mason jars you plan to use and line them up within easy reach. Assemble the rest of your materials nearby as well.

  • Cut your fabric or tissue paper to size. Measure the amount needed by placing one jar in the center. Bring the edges up the sides of the jar until they can be folded over into the jar. Mark this area, then cut out the amount of fabric needed. If you're making more than one, use the first piece of fabric as a template to cut out as many pieces as you need.

  • Lay one piece of fabric or tissue paper---although you can double up with two different colors of tissue paper if you want---flat on your work surface with the "good" side facing down.

  • Place a mason jar in the center of your material. Bring the material up to the mouth of the jar. Fold the edges of the material over the mouth of the jar, then dot hot glue around the inside edges. Secure the material in place by pressing it against the glue. The edges of tissue paper can be left on the outside if you want to let it stick out for further decoration.

  • Tie a piece of ribbon around the neck of the jar. This will add additional decoration as well as help secure the fabric or tissue paper in place. You can now fill your jar with the filler of your choice.

Tips & Warnings

  • Tissue paper doesn't require any hot glue. The ribbon should suffice in holding it in place.
  • Choose your fabric or tissue colors to coordinate with or complement flowers if the centerpieces will be used as vases/
  • If your filler will be fresh flowers, you may want to add water before securing your paper or material in place so the water doesn't ruin it. Otherwise, be extremely careful when you add the water.
  • Battery operated LED candles may be a better option than an open flame as the tissues paper or fabric will be flammable.

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