Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Hanging Mason Jar Candles DIY / North Carolina Wedding Planner

   My wedding was truly personal and I, along with tons of help from my family, created nearly every aspect of it.  The reception was in the front yard of my grandparents old family farm house. I had dreamed of having it here since I was a girl. With this stately white house in the background, fields of green grass, overflowing flower pots, and a gently rocking porch swing, very little decoration was needed.  The only really necessary decoration was candle light. After all, how could anyone have a romantic and whimsical wedding reception without candle light?

This was truly one of the easiest projects I undertook, but made such an impact.
For each candle holder I used:

  • a mason jar from Goodwill (or any jar I could find in my mom's cabinents)
  • floral wire
  • needle nose pliers
  • sand
  • a candle
   For each one I simply wound the wire around the top of the jar, made a loop from one side of the jar to the other, and wound around more wire until it felt secure. This was the perfect, mindless project that allowed me to just sit and watch TV or stare at a blank wall with a dumb expression on my face. The night before the wedding I put about an inch of sand in each jar and a small white candle. Some of these I hung from the tree branches surrounding the reception area and others I hung from black plant holders (like the one pictured above) that I found at Goodwill. I placed the plant holders on either side of the walkways leading to the big, welcoming, wrap around porch. The twinkle of all these candles truly added a magical feeling to the evening.

Photos by Jeff Scott of J. Darren Photography

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