As I mentioned in my last post, my husband and I went for a rustic theme at our wedding, and so of course we needed rustic center pieces to match. After hours of scrolling through Pinterest, I had narrowed my options down to two that I loved. Rather than choosing between them, I went with both. The first was a mason jar full of flowers and the other was a simple lantern with flowers scattered at the base. I’ll teach you how to make both right now!
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Mason Jar Center Pieces
Large mason jars (one per table)
Flowers of your choosing and some greenery* (some big, some small)
Tulle that matches your flower colors
Hot glue gun
*I decided to go with fake flowers because that meant I could make these waaay ahead of time, and it wasn’t one of the million and two things left on the to-do list three days before the wedding. Fake flowers also have the added perk of never wilting. So I have taken advantage of this and used a few of them as décor around the house.
Now that you’ve gathered your supplies, you’re ready for the fun part!
1. Open each of your mason jars and remove the lid. The chicken wire will be going in its place, so you’ll need to save at least one lid and use as a template for cutting the chicken wire. As best you can, trace the circle onto the chicken wire and cut out the circle with wire cutters. At this stage, it’s better to error on the side of too big, because it’s much easier to cut more off than to add some back on.
2. Next, you’ll cut your flowers’ stems to be short enough to fit in the jar, and long enough not to fall out. The stems of most of my flowers were roughly between 3-4 inches, but you may need to make yours longer or shorter. Again, error on the side of being too long, and trim it down if you need to. You’ll see in the photo below that the stems on my flowers don’t extend into the jar very far.
3. After cutting your flowers, go ahead a stuff some tulle into each mason jar. This will provide some stability for your flower arrangement and will also hide the stems of your flowers. You don’t need to over-stuff the jars, but make sure there is a good amount of tulle in each one. Screw the band back on, with the chicken wire circles in place of the lid, when you’re finished putting tulle in the jar.
4. At this point, you’re ready to start sticking flowers in and arranging them however you see fit. I started by putting 3 roses (my biggest flowers) in the jar, filling in with the greenery, and then sticking the smaller flowers in, but feel free to use whatever method works for you. I spend a good 10-15 minutes playing with the arrangement of the first jar, to make sure I had it just right.
5. The finishing touches are all that’s left for these center pieces. This involves adding the twine and the lace. I used the twine to tie a bow around the “neck” of the jar. Easy peasy. Wrapping the lace around the middle of the jar was only slightly more complicated. I found it easiest to pre-cut the lace after measuring it around the jar, that way I could be sure that it would line up nicely when I glued it on. I also found it easier to glue if I had some overlap in the lace, that way I could glue the lace back to itself and the jar. Pretty simple, right?
Lantern Center Pieces
Lanterns (these are very similar to the ones I used)
These are even easier than the mason jar center pieces, so I don’t even need to write out step-by-step directions. Essentially, all I did here was take a bundle raffia ribbon and tie it around the top of each lantern. Super easy.
To tie these two center pieces together, I placed them both on rustic-looking chargers. On the chargers with mason jars, I also added candle votives wrapped with lace and burlap. For the lantern center pieces, I placed roses on the charger around the lantern.
That’s it! I had lots of fun making these rustic center pieces, and I’m pretty sure that it was cheaper than hiring the florist to take care of this important detail. Probably my favorite thing about them is the fact that I still have up in my home to remind me of that beautiful day!
Share your favorite center pieces with me in the comments below!