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!
- 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
What to do:
- 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.
- 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.
- Plug in your glue gun so its hot and ready when you are!
- Wrap your ribbon around your jar and cut so it has about a centimeter of overlap. Cut a straight line.
- Glue the length of your ribbon edge straight onto the jar and place your ribbon down so it sticks. Wrap around and repeat.
- You are done! Now, the fun comes in all the variations you come up with.
- Enjoy a few examples and close-ups below: