For the first few months after getting engaged, I threw myself into wedding planning. I’ve never been particularly into crafts, but I found myself maniacally scouring Pinterest for ideas, hoping to gain some inspiration for all sorts of things. In particular, I wanted to find different styles of centrepieces, with my criteria being that it had to be simple to make and cost effective. Eventually, I planned a theme and colour scheme, and from that I then amalgamated lots of different ideas to create something that was exactly what I was looking for. I showed The Bloke what I had come up with, and thankfully he liked them as much as I did.
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Materials. After I had decided what I wanted I went to Birmingham Rag market, where there are endless craft market stalls that sell every type of material imaginable for rock bottom prices. I wanted to ensure that I didn’t run out, so I bought 11 metres of wide double-edged lace, 8 metres of burlap/hessian, 4 metres of ivory curtain cord and 10 metres each of three different types of ribbon, for the unbelievable price of about £20.00. For the small jar I needed music manuscript paper, but I have tons of that already as I’m a musician, so I cut up an old piece of oboe music into strips (I haven’t played the oboe in about 15 years, and won’t be doing so in the future). It is possible to order sheet music online or purchase it from charity shops and music stores however.
Incidentally, I have seen the small jars with pages from books used instead of manuscript paper, which look equally as beautiful.
Glue gun and glue. I bought a mini glue gun and glue sticks from Hobbycraft for £6.00.
Jars. I’ve been very lucky in that a local store sells mason jars for half of the price that department stores charge, and I worked out that the middle jar (500ml) is the same size as the sauce and jam jars that are sold in supermarkets, so I have saved ones that we have used and my friends and family have given me theirs too, which has saved me a lot of money. For a set of three jars, it has cost me about £3.00.
This is what I did (click on the images for the full size):
For the large jar, I measured out a piece of lace, glued the edge on one side and then stuck it onto the jar so that the lace was centred. I took to time to ensure that the lace pattern matched, and then cut and glued the other end over the top.
I waited a few seconds for the glue to dry, measured a piece of thicker purple ribbon and glued it in the middle of the lace at the same point where I had glued the lace.
I then glued a smaller piece of ribbon around the top of the jar.
For the middle jar, I measures and cut a piece of burlap and repeated the same process that I had done with the lace – glue and the edge and stick in the middle of the jar
I added a thin piece of ivory ribbon in the middle, gluing and sticking the edge at the same point where I had joined the burlap.
I then measured and glued ivory cord at the top of the jar.
The smaller jar was slightly more fiddly. I measured out and cut a strip of manuscript paper. In the middle of the strip, I cut out a small heart shape, taking care not to crease or damage the paper. I then glued one end, stuck the paper onto the middle of the jar and joined it from the other end with more glue.
I then added a thin purple ribbon at the top of the jar.
Voila! Easy, cost effective and I know that when they are filled with beautiful purple and white flowers and Baby’s Breath, placed on a wooden board and surrounded by tealights in glass tealight holders and paper hearts it will look beautiful!
The Bloke was messing about with his camera the other day, so he took some pictures for me to demonstrate how it may look with more atmospheric lighting:
What about you guys? What crafty ideas did you do for your wedding?
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