Planning a party can be a hectic and sometimes stressful experience, but the decorations can be fun and easy with these three simple DIY projects. Since they all use mason jars and not much else, you'll have an easy to follow shopping list while transforming your event space into a beautifully cohesive rustic landscape.
1. Mason Jar Lanterns
These lanterns come in infinite variations, so your masterpiece is sure to turn out great no matter what approach you take. Simply take the lid off a mason jar and wrap the top in twine or wire. Affix to your favorite post or tree branch, throw in a lit tealight, and you've got an easy and artful light source in under 5 minutes. Pro tip: if you want multiple pieces of twine to meet above the top so the jar will hang straight, feel free to tie a few more on. Just make sure the meeting point is at least a hand's length above the opening to avoid a party-ruining blaze up.
2. Mason Jar Salads
Clear mason jars make even a simple salad look like a beautiful centerpiece when arranged in layers, and they can be easily cleaned in the dishwasher when you're finished. If you have a large number of guests, this can also be a good option to save on dishes. And if you're looking for inspiration on what to put in your salads, we happen to have an entire book on the subject.
3. Mason Jar Vases
These vases make a beautiful centerpiece and conversation starter, and they couldn't be easier. We recommend wrapping in wallpaper or wrapping paper and securing with twine, but feel free to get creative with paints, stickers, or even gold leaf! When it comes to the decorating versatility of mason jars, the sky is truly the limit.