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5 Ways to Use Mason Jars or Recycled Jars for Your Wedding

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This is an idea that is sweeping the nation – using Mason jars or recycled jars as décor items, functional items like cups and so much more. If you love the idea of using these jars for your wedding, here are 5 great ideas that may inspire you!

Your Candy Buffet

Simply glue a mason jar to a wooden or glass candle holder (taper) and then glue a drawer pull to the Mason jar lid. The candle holder, drawer pull and Mason jar lid should be painted in your wedding colors. Then, you simply fill the jar with candy!

Mason Jar Candy Buffet

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Your Coffee and Tea Bar

You can cut a hole in the top of the Mason jar lid, and insert a pump that is new or has been thoroughly cleaned. Inside the Mason jar, place flavored syrups that guests can pump into their coffee.

Mason Jar Coffee Bar

Candle Holders or Vases

You can paint the insides of your Mason jars whatever color you’d like, allow it to dry and then use the Mason jar for a vase or candleholder.

Mason Jar Candle Holders

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Cupcake in a Jar

Bake cupcakes in a jar by filling the jar 1/3 of the way with cake batter and baking it according to package directions. Allow it to cool completely, add some frosting on top of the cupcake and close the lid. Using twine, tie on a plastic spoon and voila – a cupcake in a jar! This can be used as wedding favors or at your candy buffet.

Cupcake in a Mason Jar

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Picture Centerpieces

This is a very cool trick that looks fantastic – simply take a photograph (black and white looks fantastic), and place it in a Mason jar, so that it can be seen from the outside of the jar. Next, fill the jar with vegetable oil of any sort, add in a sprig of lavender or any herb behind the picture and you have a gorgeous centerpiece!

Picture in a Mason Jar

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These are just a few of the neat things you can do with Mason jars for your wedding. Choose one of them for your own wedding or let them inspire you to create another fun Mason jar craft.

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Delicious Wedding Shower Favors for Fall: Apple Caramel Favors

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If you’re having a fall wedding shower and you want the perfect favors, these are fantastic. Not only are they great, but they’re inexpensive and you can make them yourself! It can be a lot of fun and your guests are sure to love them.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 Apple for Each Guest
  • 1 Small Mason Jar for Each Guest
  • Caramel Apple Dip (recipe below)
  • Clear Cellophane Bags
  • Ribbon or Tags for Embellishment

Caramel Apple Dip

To create this dip, you’re going to need:

  • 1 package (8oz) cream cheese, softened.
  • ¼ cup brown sugar.
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ cup caramel ice cream topping.

Mix all of these ingredients together until everything is well incorporated into the cream cheese. You may want to add a pinch of cinnamon or nutmeg to make it extra delicious. Fill the small Mason jars with the caramel dip and close the lid. Place it at the bottom of the small cellophane bag. Next, place the whole apple on top of the dip and tie the bag closed.

Caramel Apple in a Jar

You can then use your ribbon to embellish the bag if you want. The dip is absolutely delicious, but it should be made within 24 hours of the wedding shower and kept in the refrigerator until you’re ready to serve it.

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Super Cheap Wedding Ideas: The Can Lantern

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Are you on a very small wedding budget but you really want beautiful lanterns at your wedding? Well here’s your solution: the can lantern. This is really easy to make and the end result is beautiful – your guests will have no idea what these really are. You’ll just need a can and a tea light for each lantern, as well as a little string, some hot glue, and some spray paint. Here’s how to make them:

Making the Lanterns

Start with the empty can and a ruler. Place the ruler alongside the can and use a box cutter to cut vertical slices in the can, using the ruler as a guide for how much space should be between the slits. Do this all the way around the can until the entire thing has evenly spaced slits.

Next, apply pressure to the bottom of the can (with the can upside down) until the slits open and the can sections bow out, forming the walls of the lantern. You may need to work with them a little so that they’re all even and bowed out perfectly rather than crumpled.

DIY Can Lantern

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Once you have the lantern shape made, you’ll want to spray paint the can in whatever colors you’d like. Silver and gold look beautiful and you could even add jewels or glitter. Now, the tea light sits inside the can on the bottom (just slip it through one of the slats). Hot glue string to the top of the lantern and hang. You can then use a long match or lighter to light the tealight.

See how easy this is – and it’s a lot of fun, not to mention, it’s super cheap!

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