A Jar for Every Occasion

So, I might be a little bit obsessed with mason jars. You should be, too! There are hundreds of things you can do with a mason jar, sometimes in my house we even use them as replacements for everyday cups. Did I mention how cheap they are? You can pick them up at the local grocery store (sometimes even the dollar store) in packs of at least 12 at a time. Or save your your own! Spaghetti jars, jelly jars, pickle jars. Start saving them now and you will have a smorgasbord of them by your wedding. Personally, I prefer the ones that you save yourself because the variety in jars gives your finished product much more of a bohemian feel.

Today’s idea is one that is simple, elegant and like nearly all DIY projects it is easy to fine tune with your own creative flourishes.

1. Thoroughly clean the mason jar(s) you will be using.

2. Fill the jar(s) a bit more than 2/3 of the way full with water.

3. Gently place a floating tea light in the jar, light, and enjoy the glow!

To spice things up try:

  • tying ribbon or twine that coordinates with your color scheme around the neck of the jar
  • print out wallet sized photos of the bride and groom, hole punch them, and attach them to the ribbon
  • attach a few name cards to the jars to help guests find their seats
  • using colored mason jars will alter the way the light reflects out of the jar- this can be done as a way to dim the lighting in the venue


  • You can buy a 12-pack of Kerr Mason Jars for about $25 (although I think this price varies greatly depending on where you buy them from). I found a 20-pack of floating candles on amazon.com for $17.
  • Total cost: $3.50 per centerpiece. If you save your own jars (ask your friends for their own jars, too) this cost goes down even more!**This idea comes from http://www.kristanlynn.com/2011/06/mason-jar-love.html**
    **Also note that some wedding venues do not allow open flames, make sure to ask first.**

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