4 DIY Mason Jar Centerpiece Projects That Won’t Break Your Budget (or Your Back)!

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These simple yet stylish centerpieces aren’t expensive or time-consuming. If you love the Mason Jar look and want to incorporate it into your big day, here are a few ideas to consider.

I started this project with a 12-pack of quart-sized Mason Jars from my local supermarket for $9 and a few ideas. You can choose other sizes or looks and you can also get them without the logo if you would prefer a smooth-surfaced jar; it just depends on what you want to do. And the options really are endless!

1. The Picture Frame Jar

I love this because it is the easiest “craft” I’ve ever done. If you’ve got a ton of pictures you want to display, this is a great way to go about it. All you have to do is place a couple of pictures in your jar (two 4x6s work fine with the quart-sized) and put your flowers in and you’re good to go. I’d say to enlist help from your bridesmaids for this but you don’t even need to. The hardest part will be picking out the pictures you want to put in them! The flowers that I used for this are from the dollar store and I used some gold paint to add a little sparkle to them. Real flowers will work fine too (just don’t add water!). Another variation of this would be to take a smooth-surfaced mason jar and glue your pictures to the outside, placing a candle on the inside to give your table a nice glow. You can also add a variation of sizes if you want to do more than one size per table.

Picture jar

2. The Glitter Tea Light

I would have loved this one a lot more if I had the right materials for the job. All you’ll need is a few tea lights and some glitter spray paint in the color of your choice. I think a variation of sizes and multiple jars on one table would look best. All you will have to do with this is spray paint the bottoms of all of your Mason Jars. If you want a clean look use painters tape to create your lines. If you don’t mind the imperfection you can freehand it. I wanted a more textured look but it was honestly a pain because there is glitter everywhere around my house now. I used glue and dipped the jar in glitter to get this look, but if you do it this way you’ll need a sealant to keep that glitter in place. Although if you lose enough glitter on your tables it might actually look like it was supposed to be that way. Also make sure to bring a long-necked lighter – I couldn’t find mine and it caused quite an issue to light those suckers.


3. The Country Creek

I didn’t think this was going to be a winner for me but it really turned out to be one my favorites. I bought the twine, tea lights and rocks from a dollar store. I simply put my desired amount of rocks at the bottom, filled the jar with water, and popped in the candle. My only concern with dollar store tea lights is that they won’t last through the night, but you can order long-burning tea lights online that will be perfect. I saw a pack of 50 for around $18. I love the twine because you probably only need one pack of it from the dollar store for the whole project and it comes in different colors which might work better for you. It can be a little tricky to tie but that’s what you have bridesmaids for!


4. The Painted Mason Jar

This is by far my favorite Mason Jar project. I love the colors that I worked with and how they turned out. I definitely recommend using spray paint for this. I needed a little DIY therapy so I chose to hand paint them but I think I would love them even more if I had spray paint on hand. Plus it would take no time at all to spray paint your jars the colors you want. I had to do three coats by hand… I would recommend at least two coats with spray paint but you’ll have to be the judge. Just lay down some newspaper outside or in a nicely ventilated area and get to sprayin’. I also painted my flowers with a hint of gold sparkles but spray painting them with a metallic or a sparkle would look amazing on these, if you decide to take the fake flower route. Make sure you save a few for yourself because I don’t think people will leave these centerpieces on the table when the night is over! If you decide to hand paint them this would actually be a fun project to do with your bridal party – just don’t forget the wine!


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