Southern Charm Centerpieces

southern charm centerpieces

These simple memorable mason jar centerpieces are perfect for that southern summer look that many are going for.

In the past year, and in my final year within the wedding industry the newest trend that has seem to be popular was that down south summer look. Mason jars have been the newest item seen everywhere; especially now that they are used as glasses, vases, and even storage for tiny items. So recently I have put together an idea to make this new sweet southern trend part of your special day!

Here are the materials you will need:

  • Mason jars: If you want you can use any extra jars you may have lying around the house such as empty pasta sauce jars, empty peanut butter and jelly jars, or even pickle jars. These will definitely work and look great together with the centerpiece!
  • Daises or sunflowers: I suggest using these types of flowers to really give the centerpiece that southern look you are aiming for. Of course any type of flowers would look great, they can be fake or real.
  • Ribbon: Any color you choose.
  • Tiny screws, nuts, or bolts
  • Vinegar
  • Spoon
  • Felt: Regular or knitted
  • Dirt or sand
  • Crazy glue
  • Water

Step 1: Line up all your mason jars together so that each step can easily be done together.

Step 2: Take any flowers of your choice and cut the bottoms / stems to your desired length. It is up to you how tall or short you want your flowers to stand. If you are using real flowers it is important that you cut the stems so that you do not risk the flowers dying. If using real flowers set aside in a vase filled with water at room temperature. If you have decided to use fake flowers, set aside for later use.

Step 3: Depending on how big your mason jars are, fill the bottoms of each jar with about one to two cups of dirt or sand until the desired amount you would like is reached.

Step 4: Next, gather any screws, nuts, or bolts that you are using and scrub them gently with vinegar and water to get any excess rust, dirt, and residue off of them. They will later on become dirty again, however this will make them shinier and show off more in the centerpiece. Once you are done scrubbing them, set them aside to soak in a quarter cup of vinegar and one cup of warm water combined for about five to ten minutes.

Step 5: As you are waiting for the screws and nuts to finish reaching your desired shine, begin to pour water that is set at room temperature a little over half full of your mason jars that are filled with dirt. Take your spoon and stir the dirt and water together to really work the two together almost creating mud.

Step 6: Remove your screws and nuts from the vinegar and water mixture and pat dry. Simply then slowly throw them into the water-dirt filled mason jars making sure that they reach the bottom. Be sure to add enough so that you and your guests can see them.

Step 7: Next, take your felt or knitted felt (adds more southern charm!) and cut about twelve inch pieces long ways just enough to wrap around your jar. Simply crazy glue the felt piece around the jars and allow to try for a few minutes.

Step 8: Next now you will take your ribbon color of your choice and do the same; cut about twelve inch pieces of ribbon just enough to wrap around your jar. Once the felt wrapped around the jar has dried simply tie your ribbon around the jar also , overlapping the felt piece. Tie the ribbon in a similar way as you would tie your shoe.

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Step 8: Once you have completed and finished up putting it all together, add your desired amount of flowers to each jar.

*Helpful idea – If you have a top to the mason jar, seal your jar first before adding the flowers, and poke holes through using a drill gun, and insert the flowers into each hole, it works perfect. If not then leave those beautiful flowers out in the open with no top to show off your wonderful centerpiece.

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All done! Now you are able to wow your guests with your feel good down south centerpieces that will brighten up anyone’s day!

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