I’m very excited, as this is going to be my first DIY tutorial!
First and foremost just a little update for you. If you can’t get hold of me on Facebook or Twitter, that’s because I have given it up for lent.
I have also found out this week that I am suffering from shingles! 😦 the doctor has told me it can be brought on by stress and I just have to rest, take things easy and get lots of fluids into me. Due to this, the fact that our wedding is now only 10 weeks away and wedding season is about to kick off at Glemham Hall, Cute as a Button is closed until June when we return from our honeymoon. I really need to start looking after myself a bit more as the last thing I want is to be covered in horrible spots on my wedding day! I also don’t want to commit to making things that I just don’t have time to make. I hope everyone understands and as I said, Cute as a Button will be open for business again in June 2012.
Back to the tutorial! As we are having our ceremony at Glemham Hall we don’t really have the need for pew ends. I wanted to jazz the ceremony area up a little though and came across some hanging mason jars that had wild flowers in them that hung on the chairs at the end of the rows.
I’ve made ours in our wedding colours but you could use whatever colours you like!
Your need a glass jar.
2 pieces of thick florist wire.
Lace (I brought a square metre and cut it into strips, but you can get the lace in strips).
Glue & glue gun.
First, cut your lace to fit around your glass jar. Leave enough lace so it overlaps slightly at the back.
Then run some hot glue down the edge of the lace and stick it to your glass jar.
Run some hot glue down the other end of your lace and overlap it slightly at the back of your jar and glue down.
Cut your ribbon to fit around your jar leaving enough excess to tie in a bow if you wish.
Add a tiny bit of hot glue at the back of your jar, where the lace overlaps. Put it about midway. This is to secure your ribbon and stops it slipping down the jar. Stick your ribbon to it.
I’ve added a dab of hot glue both sides of the ribbon at the front of the jar just for extra security to stop the ribbon sliding down.
Tie your ribbon in a knot or bow, whichever you prefer.
Take a piece of your florist wire and wrap around the rim of your jar. Hook it over its self. Don’t twist it. You want to be able to take it off again. Make sure you leave a little room for the other piece of florist wire so don’t pull it too tight.
Bend your other piece of florist wire into a U shape.
With your wire cutters, round off the ends of the U shaped florist wire. Make sure they are rounded off enough to form a circle.
Then thread the first piece of florist wire through the two hooks you have just made on the second piece.
Place it back round the the rim of your jar, hook over its self and twist the excess wire tight using you wire cutters. Trim off any excess wire and make sure to tidy it up so no one catches themselves on it.
Tidy up the hooks you made on the second piece of florist wire, rounding them off with your wire cutters.
And there your have your finished hanging lace mason jar! You can fill them with candles or wild flowers or whatever you so wish. I’m making mini button bouquets to go in ours.