Your Handmade Wedding – Glass Painted Jam Jars
If you’re getting married this year, and want to create a customised look for your wedding tables to display pretty blooms, glass painted jam jars are a simple yet effective way to make something look beautiful and boho without having to spend top much time making them.
1. Start by collecting clear glass jam jars from home after using up the contents such as pickles, jams, spreads; also it is worth taking several visits to charity stores as they do sometimes have clear glass vases.
2. After collecting a large enough amount of jars you will need to clean them. Place the jam jar into warm soapy water in the sink and leave to soak this will remove any sticky residue and any existing labels. Gently use a scrubbing brush to make sure all of the labels are removed.
3. Once they jars are dry apply the turquoise glass paint using a soft paint brush, and then leave to dry following the instructions on the glass paint packaging.
4. To decorate, get the jar and wrap a piece of lace around so that it meets and then pin in place. Take the meeting point of lace and mark it using tailors chalk (this will give you a guide to follow on the sewing machine).
5. Stitch a medium straight stitch with a sewing machine using a matching colour of thread. Leave one centimetre of excess lace and trim off anything that’s left. Carefully slide the tube of lace up the middle of the jam jar.
Top Tip!…Don’t worry if you don’t quite stitch the lace in the right place so that’s it sits snugly around the jar first time. Simply re-stitch the line if the lace is too loose.
6. You can then go onto to decorate all of your other jars! I came up with lots of different designs as I had jars of varying sizes that I wanted to use.
Hints and Tips
- Collect several jam jars and vases in a variety in shapes and sizes to create height on the table.
- Why not collect different types of lace or ribbon to match your colour theme.
- It is up to you how you want the finished jam jar to look so you may want to add another tube of lace or tie ribbon around the top of the jam jar.
- If you’ve not got a sewing machine why not try using some Mod Podge or a glue gun. When using the glue option instead of the sewing machine you need to be more precise on the length of lace needed, try measuring the jar with a fabric tape measure and cutting the lace strip to size. Carefully place the lace around the jar and using a glue paintbrush tab the Mod Podge glue over the joining piece and then work your way around the rest of the glue but remember the glue does dry clear. Once completed feel free to add more lace or just leave it as it is. Let it dry overnight and once you have it is ready to be used as a flower vase.