Before I started this little blog, I got married. And when I got married, I had a certain budget to work within. And because of our location and all the expenses that went along with it, we figured out that we needed to keep our centerpieces down to around $8/each. Back then (all of a year and a half ago), I didn’t know about all the inspiration that could found in our blogosphere. At wedding shows, I saw centerpieces anywhere from $10 up to $100+ and I started to get a little intimidated with our per-table budget.
After talking it over with my mom, my hairdresser (who had the idea to use canning jars) and the crafty ladies in my family, we finally came up with something simple and budget-friendly.
The photo above is from our wedding. I think each centerpiece ended up costing about $8. Here is the breakdown:
- Ball jars- $1/each (pack of 12/$12.99 at Ace Hardware)
- Silk sunflower bunch- about $2/each (similar version here)
- Sand- $3/bag (I think we used 2 bags from Home Depot)
- Tulle- Not sure about the price
- Candle- about $0.50/each (pack of 12/$5.99 from Michaels)
I love the way they turned out, so simple, yet they added just enough color, along with the green chair sashes, to really stand out from all the white linens.
We had a decorating party with my mom, my long time family friend, my MIL & SIL, my aunt and grandma. We made all the centerpieces, filled the party favor jars and made the card basket as well. We decided to use sand to fill the jars instead of water or nothing at all, because we knew there was a chance the wind would knock the centerpieces over if they weren’t weighted down enough.
While we may not have any cutesy-posed pictures of the groom and I (grrr… long story, but I’m hoping to kind of fix that this summer), our photographers sure did get a few shots of the centerpieces. I actually love the pictures they got of our table set-ups. And the candles added a little bit of rustic romance to the atmosphere, especially as the sun went down.
It wasn’t until I started blogging that I found all the mason jar inspiration online. Some people are just too freaking creative! I started a board on Pinterest just for my mason jar craft finds.
My mason jar love started up again with this beautiful outdoor lighting that I found at The Lettered Cottage.
So I started searching for more, and there is tons of inspiration to be found. I love this idea of using the mason jars as place settings. You have all your utensils, your napkin and your glass all in one.
I really love the simplicity of this, but I can imagine all around the fence line. Great for a party, or just a romantic dinner for two.
Here are a few of my other favorites, in no particular order.
And I love this one, with 15 different mason jar desserts. I think I’ll be making some of these for the coaches after their games!
Be sure to head on over to the board for more inspiration, and just Googling “mason jar crafts” brings all that inspiration right to your fingertips! Leave me a comment if you have done any mason jar projects with a link so I can add it to my pinboard!!
I would give credit to my wedding photographers for the pictures of our centerpieces, but to be honest, they deleted their e-mail account, disconnected their phone lines, shut down their website, sold their house, and are evidently living in Indonesia now. I think I was the last wedding they did, and I know I wasn’t that big of a Bridezilla!