Tutorial: DIY Pretty jars for a rustic DIY wedding

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Oh my it’s been a while, hasn’t it? My life has been a little crazy lately so the blog has taken a bit of a back seat. First I turned 30 and was treated to an amazing weekend away in London by the mister who did his own DIY by making me a magazine all about me to celebrate! Between interviews with my parents, poetry from the man himself and an amazing 4 day itinerary I couldn’t hold the tears back.

Once we were back from London I had interviews to prepare for and go to. And I got the position!! So a week on Monday I start at my new job!! Which means the blog may still take a back seat for a while, there’s just not enough time in the world… Today I’ve decided to share with you one of the most useful and probably my favourite craft project from our wedding: pretty jars. They were super fun and relaxing to make and came in so, so handy.

Uses for Pretty Jars

  • Flowers
  • Tealights
  • Holding cutlery
  • Pen storage
  • Photobooth prop storage
  • Sweet storage
  • breadstick pot…

I could go on but the list is pretty much endless. My motto in the run-up to the wedding was that you can’t have too many jars and in all honesty, you can’t… I was actually worried we’d run out at one point! So here I’m going to show you how to make 3 different types of pretty jars: Spray painted, hessian and lace and twine wrapped.


Glass jars (washed with labels and sticky stuff removed)

Hot Glue Gun


Hessian & Lace Ribbon

Spray Paint (I used white)



Pretty buttons, ribbons, fabric flowers etc. to add finishing touches

Spray Painted Jars

I know… I picked the exact wrong background to photograph these…

Step 1

Choose how you would like the ‘windows’ in your jars to look. If you would like large shapes then cut these out from your paper. Stick your shapes on your jars with the hot glue, or use the glue to decorate your jars with your designs, some design examples could be:

  • A large heart made from paper with glue dots on either side
  • glue spots evenly spaced all over the jar
  • diagonal lines drawn in glue all around the jar
  • an outline of a heart drawn in glue
  • lots of small hearts cut out of paper and stuck in clusters or waves around the jars
  • a criss-cross of lines in glue to make diamond around the jars
  • write ‘love’ in hot glue around the jar

I used all of the above designs on my jars and you could use many many more, you are only limited by your imagination.

Step 2

Take your jars outside or into a spray painting tent and give them an even, thin coating of spray paint. Keep adding thin coats of paint, letting the jar dry thoroughly between each coat until you are happy with the colour of your jars.

Step 3

Once your jars are dry peel off your glue and paper to reveal unpainted windows underneath.

Twine Wrapped Jars

Step 1

Decide where your twine is going to start and glue the end of your twine to the jar at this point

Step 2

Slowly and carefully wrap your twine around the jar to cover the glass. Once you reach the end of where you want your twine to go you can hot glue the end of the twine in place once again.

Step 3

Embellish with pretty buttons and fabric flowers

Hessian & Lace Jars

Step 1

These jars are definitely the easiest as most of the decoration is already made for you. Simply wrap your ribbon around your jars and hot glue into place.

Step 2

Buttons and flowers can be used to embellish your jars and make them unique.

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And that is it! It’s entirely up to you what combination of jars and decorations you use, I wanted each of my pretty jars to be different from each other so I used a combination of all 3 styles and embellished each one differently.

If this hasn’t used up your stash of jars, check out my glass jars pinterest board for more ideas:


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