Cheap Rustic "Mason" Jars

Updated on April 23, 2020
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Party planning is a passion of mine, and I'm currently working on my certification to make that passion a career.

The Cheap Part

I came across a need for this craft when I was planning a woodland baby shower. I wanted to add some rustic elegance to the event, but mason jars can be a little expensive. Luckily, a friend of mine had accumulated spaghetti sauce jars, and they ended up being perfect for this project!

Once you know what size of jars you want, you can easily collect them. Who knows, you may even already have a few lying around.

Things You Will Need

  • Jars: Any jar that has a wide-enough rim for your planned purpose is perfect.
  • Burlap
  • Twine
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Hot Glue
  • Plate/Napkin: Place this under the glue gun to catch any drips from the hot glue gun.

1. Let's Get Started!

  1. Getting Ready: First off, plug in that hot glue gun. You don't want to play the waiting game later.
  2. Cleaning: Make sure all your jars are clean and free of sticky residue. The expiration date on food jars should be easily removed. I was able to scrape mine off using my fingernail.

2. Prepare the Burlap

Here's how to prepare the burlap for this adorable woodland project.

  1. Wrap burlap around the jar and measure about a half inch extra for security.
  2. Cut off the roll where you measured it. This will make cutting the strips easier.
  3. Use the jar to find a height that won't leave excess burlap. Mine came to 4 inches.
  4. Cut strips and repeat until you have enough burlap for all jars.

You can also see the burlap-preparing tutorial below.

3. Prepare the Twine

  1. Wrap the twine around the jar three times and measure an about extra 12-16" depending on the bow size you want.
  2. Once the first piece is measured and cut, tie it around the jar and test it to make sure you're satisfied with it.
  3. Once you marked out the ideal length, measure out your final pieces. Cut one for every jar.
  4. Try wrapping the burlap around your jar without using glue. Once you're comfortable with the placement, continue to the fun part.

4. Assemble the Jars

  • Place hot glue in a line down the center (front) of your jar.
  • Find the center of your burlap strip.
  • Place the burlap over the glue.
  • Glue the sides of the jar. Then, wrap burlap over the sides. Don't skip the sides or else the burlap will slide around when the jar is lifted.
  • Put glue on one side of burlap and attach it to the back of the jar. Put glue on other side and wrap it around, making sure the sides are even with each other.
  • Glue a small circle on back-center of the jar.
  • Find the center of twine and attach it to the glue.
  • Wrap the twine around. Once you have just enough to tie a bow, do so.
  • Dot small amounts of hot glue on the top and bottom of the bow. This will hold the twine in place.

Now that your project is done and the glue has dried, let me know what your favorite use of jar decor is below! ♥

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Wrap Up

This project was a lot of fun for me and I look forward to doing more. If you have any ideas for future projects or even tips for this one I'd love to hear from you in comments. Until next time!

© 2018 Amber Courtney

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