Ideas for Decorating Mason Jars for a Wedding

    by Talia Kennedy

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    Talia Kennedy has been writing professionally since 2005. Her work has been published in "The New York Times," "San Francisco Chronicle" and "The Sacramento Bee," among others. Kennedy has a master's degree from the University of California, Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.


    Traditionally used to store canned foods, mason jars also can be used as inexpensive wedding decorations. There are a variety of decorating options as mason jars have many uses. You can find mason jars at thrift stores, yard sales, flea markets, grocery stores, craft stores and kitchen-supply stores.


    Use mason jars as candleholders at your wedding reception. Put several inches of sand, marbles, wood chips or dried beans in the bottom of each jar and place a tea light candle on top of it. The substance you put in the jars should match your wedding's theme and colors. For example, if you're having a beach wedding, sand would be most appropriate. Glue a ribbon that coordinates with your colors around the rim of the jar. Place one on each dinner table.


    Use mason jars as drinkware to enhance an old-fashioned or vintage wedding theme. Buy enough jars so that every guest has one and serve colorful beverages in them. Lemonade with lemon slices and lavender sprigs looks beautiful in mason jars, and brightly-colored cocktails, like mimosas, also look festive. Personalize the jars with names in script so that guests don't get them mixed up.


    Mason jars used as vases make unique centerpieces at wedding receptions. Fill the jars with several inches of water and place flowers that match the bride's bouquet in them. For a colorful twist, add a few drops of food coloring to the water in a shade that complements your wedding colors. Glue ribbon around the rim of the jars and tie a bow for a finish. You also can wind twine or raffia around the bottom half of the jar for a natural look. Spread clear glue on the jar so that the twine is fixed in place.


    It can be difficult and expensive to choose wedding favors for your guests. Mason jars make inexpensive favors. Fill them with layers of ingredients to make a special treat, such as hot cocoa. Fill each jar three-quarters full with cocoa powder. Add a thin layer of malt, followed by layers of chocolate chips and crushed peppermint. Write your guests' names on the jars to personalize them. Personalized jars also serve as place settings at the reception.