spaghetti sauce jar flower vases

jars

In my effort to use mostly recycled, low cost, and home-made décor at our wedding, I am turning old spaghetti, salsa, and other types of jars into flower vases with a little TLC, ribbon, and glitter.  I asked my book club and friends to save me their jars so I could have plenty to work with. Most people will have no idea I didn’t buy these!

Materials Needed:

  • Jars – spaghetti, salsa, or lots of others
  • Goo Gone or other adhesive remover
  • Soap, water & a sponge
  • A variety of thick, thin, and sparkly ribbon (depending on your colors, its great to buy right after holidays when ribbon is discounted). Some of mine has wire, some doesn’t. I found its the color and sparkle that make it fun.
  • Glue gun & scissors
ribbon, glue gun, jars, scissors, and goo gone

ribbon, glue gun, jars, scissors, and goo gone

What to do:

  1. Clean jars and remove paper/adhesive. The label on some jars will peel right off, others will need a little more scrubbing. For the tough ones, I soaked them in hot water with GooGone for a few hours and it made it much easier to clean. Wash jars with soap and water and dry thoroughly.
  2. Start playing around with your ribbon and figuring out your color combos.  I went with a cream & gold theme – but this will work with any color! Think about layering one on top of the other, or putting two next to eachother. I want a semi-homemade feel, so every jar is a little different.
  3. Plug in your glue gun so its hot and ready when you are!
  4. Wrap your ribbon around your jar and cut so it has about a centimeter of overlap. Cut a straight line.
  5. Glue the length of your ribbon edge straight onto the jar and place your ribbon down so it sticks. Wrap around and repeat.
  6. You are done! Now, the fun comes in all the variations you come up with.
  7. Enjoy a few examples and close-ups below:

other jars large jar small jar4 jars narrow