DIY Weddings: How To Make Hanging Mason Jar Flower Vases With Frog Lids

DIY Weddings: How To Make Hanging Mason Jar Flower Vases With Frog Lids

At this time we’re excited to share a mission I have been engaged on over the previous couple weekends for the marriage — DIY hanging mason jars with frog lids for holding flowers…

Our ceremony goes to be in an outside backyard setting, so not a lot decor will actually be wanted. I believed that these could possibly be a minimal approach to herald somewhat shade and personalised really feel alongside the aisle, tying all the pieces collectively.

We have seen this concept crop up on a number of marriage ceremony websites for outside and backyard kind ceremonies and thought it was so intelligent. I used the next picture from Fashion Me Fairly as inspiration for making our jars:

I am hoping we’ll both be capable to dangle them from Shepard hook model backyard hangers like within the picture above or from the aisle chairs themselves. Turning the caps into frog lids is a useful trick in floral arranging — the steel grid makes the flowers keep in place precisely the way in which you need them and holds them that approach for you:

So let’s make some hanging mason jars with frog lids!

To begin out you will want some mason jars. We obtained a pair bulk packing containers of huge mouth quart measurement jars from our native ironmongery store, you can even discover them on-line, right here:

You may additionally want:

  • Steel {hardware} fabric
  • Coiled wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Glue, like E-600
  • Everlasting marker 
  • Scissors
  • Backyard twine, wire, or different medium for hanging jars
  • Scrap paper or drop fabric for safeguarding work floor

Oh and an excellent pair of gloves!


Let’s get able to make a large number, sure?

Begin out by unscrewing the lid from a jar and coming out the flat lid from the band. You may set these apart to make use of for canning replacements or different tasks — we can’t be needing them (apart from one for tracing) for this mission any longer:


Carrying your gloves, rigorously start to unfold the steel {hardware} fabric:

You’ll find {hardware} fabric like this at most any ironmongery store within the outside fencing part. It is principally like a supersized sturdy display screen materials and is available in completely different measurement rolls — the smallest we discovered was 24×10 inches which was far more than we would have liked, however Tim assured me there could be loads of future tasks we would be able to use the surplus for. You may also discover it on-line right here if you do not have luck on the ironmongery store.

After rigorously unrolling the {hardware} fabric, use a type of jar lids we put aside as a template for measuring the place to make cuts along with your wire snippers:

I reduce a complete strip up the width of the steel {hardware} fabric (like slicing an extended strip of wrapping paper), then reduce little squares from the strips, utilizing the lid as a information. I figured it could be simpler to only reduce sufficient for all 12 lids and roll the {hardware} fabric as much as put away as an alternative of doing all the pieces individually. 

It is best to find yourself with a number of little squares of {hardware} fabric simply larger than your jar lid like so:


From right here, place the lid onto every sq. to once more use as a information, tracing round it with a everlasting marker:

You are simply marking the {hardware} fabric to indicate you the place you will have to make cuts once more along with your wire snippers. Tip — I appreciated to carry the lid down over the “bent up” facet of the sq. to assist flatten it out for the subsequent step (additionally, please forgive the combo of gloves on/off pictures — I made a couple of check rounds of those utilizing the gloves and made Tim come take images afterward of all of the steps requiring two palms that I could not {photograph} myself, ha)!

Make cuts the place you marked the {hardware} fabric as a way to get a spherical form precisely the identical measurement as your lid template:

I shortly realized it was finest follow to make cuts slightly below the place I would marked with the marker.

Your new little {hardware} fabric circle ought to match simply into the band of the lid — in case your cuts dangle over the sting and will not slide in, simply make vital cuts till it slides in however the edges nonetheless dangle over the within rim. As soon as fitted contained in the band, dab thick dots of glue over every wire endpoint:

In case your wire circles aren’t completely flat and a number of the edges stick up from the glue, discover one thing heavy from round the home to weight them down whereas they dry. We used a set of vintage Austrian kitchen weights handed down from Tim’s grandmother:

If you do not have precise weights, a can of beans or bottle of beer/soda ought to do the trick! After the glue has had time to dry (we let ours sit for 24 hours), your frog lids at the moment are full and able to simply twist proper again on high of your jar:

How easy was that!?

Now you have obtained a set of mason jars with frog lids, prepared for flower arranging! You may cease right here if you would like and use these as fairly centerpieces or ornamental updates. If you wish to make them into hanging planters, simply observe the steps beneath within the second a part of this tutorial…

PART 2: Let’s make ’em into hangers!

For the second a part of this mission, you will simply want the coiled wire, wire snippers, the backyard twine and a few scissors:

First we’ll make a wire ring with loops that matches across the mouth of the jar to assist the hanging twine.

Snip a size or wire that may wrap 2 instances comfortably across the mouth of your jar. It will permit sufficient wire so that you can work with, with out losing a bunch of extra. In case your wire got here wrapped in a circle, loosely hold the spherical form to assist information you thru the subsequent steps:

Make a loop on one finish of your wire, wrapping the quick finish again across the loop as soon as, leaving somewhat little bit of extra wire on that quick finish:

Maintain your loop on the mouth of the jar, on the bottom-most lip and wrap the wire towards the mouth utilizing your different hand till you attain midway across the jar — reverse your first loop:

You’ve got simply made a information for the place your second loop must go. Decide the wire again up and make one other loop with the surplus wire (simply flip it again upon itself), once more, wrapping the surplus wire again across the loop as soon as:

Match the wire again across the backside lip of the jar and simply pull your remaining wire round to fulfill up along with your first loop. It is best to have a full round form with two loops reverse each other. Wrap the final of the wire a minimum of as soon as absolutely round that first loop and simply snip off any extra items of wire as shut as you may to your loop:

Don’t be concerned in the event you do not end connecting the ultimate wire completely tight, as a result of upon getting it wrapped securely, you may merely twist the loop along with your fingers to tighten the wire ring across the mouth of the jar:

This is what we’ll find yourself with:

We have got two little loops, sturdy sufficient to carry some thick twine to make hangers out of those jars. Simply reduce sufficient twine so your jars will dangle on the size you need them, then double it over on itself to make it stronger. String by means of your wire loops and end with a bow:

Now your hangers are full!

As soon as the frog lids and hanging twine are prepared, it is time to begin breaking out the flowers and impressing your self with how simple the frog lids make flower arranging — you’ll really feel like a professional very quickly! I stuffed my jars a couple of third of the way in which up with water earlier than beginning to insert flowers simply to keep away from spills afterward:

For a easy association, take away the inexperienced leaves from the stems and snip them at your required size, then slip them by means of the holes in your frog lid on an angle as you please:

Proceed so as to add extra flowers and filler at an angle, increase layers till you’re proud of the look of your association. This is how mine ended up:

Not unhealthy, proper?

For the complete step-by-step information on how I made this flower association, see this put up.

The great thing about the frog lids is in how they’ll actually hold your association sealed in place, precisely the way in which you need them. With the twine in place, all you will should do is dangle them while you’re prepared.

I am fairly excited with how these turned out and it ended up being such an important follow run in arranging the flowers for our marriage ceremony. Proper now we have got the check jars arrange in a line as somewhat centerpiece on our eating room desk:

We ended up making 12 hanging jars in whole and plan to make use of them alongside the aisle throughout our ceremony. We’ll be sure you observe up down the road with pics of how all of them prove on the massive day. I like that we’ll be capable to hold and retailer the set of jars within the field they got here in down in our cellar for future use outdoors of the marriage too. I am already pondering of all of the other ways you can make them appear and feel seasonally related with the usage of completely different flowers and fillers.

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