Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Mason Jar Wedding Favors!

First of all let me say this. When it comes to do-it-yourself, I am all about the savings. For all of my at home and wedding projects, I use Hobby Lobby and Jo-Anns. (I used to work at Hobby Lobby, so they are my favorite). NEVER go in there without a coupon!! You can download their apps to your iphone. It tells you the sales for the week and gives you access to the 40-50% off coupons. I even made my husband download the apps on his phone, so when we go together we can each use a coupon for even more savings (he's so sweet!).

I don't know about you, but I have been to several weddings where I have seen the favors for the guests either left behind when guests leave or thrown out when the guests get home. Our goal for our wedding was to have a favor that guests wanted to keep and that could be useful again. I would say our mason jar cups were a pretty good success :)

Mason Jar Wedding Favors

To make these, I ordered the jars from Container and Packaging Supply. 
There are many places to get jars, but we wanted glass, not plastic and this was one of the cheaper sites that sold in large quantities. 

Hobby Lobby sells chalkboard contact paper. It can be hard to find, as they don't stock very many at a time. It is only $3.99 per roll with your half off coupon :) If you can't find it there, you can find it for a similar cost on amazon. I only needed one roll.
You will need a large paper punch of any shape to make the labels from the chalkboard paper. Hobby Lobby carries several and are about $7 with the half off coupon. This is the one that I used. It was a good investment, as I use it for scrapbooking now!
DIY Favors

 The last thing you will need is some twine or some raffia sold at any craft store to wrap around the lip of the jar. I needed about 2 rolls of twine. The thinner the twine the better it will work.

The first thing I did was unpack and wash all the jars once they arrived. The company I got mine from packaged them very well and I was able to store them back in their original boxes after I had made the jars, until the wedding. 

The next thing you will do is punch the labels from the contact paper. You will need an object to hold down one end, as the paper is rolled and will roll away from you if you don't weigh it down. I used a jar. Depending on how many jars you need, you will need to be frugal with the contact paper. I made about 250 jars. One roll of contact paper was enough with the stamp I chose for all 250, however I stamped each label out as close as I could to the one before it. I had about 15 extra labels at the end.

Once that is done, you'll need to apply it to the jars. I did a bit of research on applying this, as I wanted it to hold up through a hand wash in the sink. This particular paper said that it would. I hoped it was true. To this day, I have a couple of extra jars for our home and have hand washed them with Dawn dish soap and warm water and the labels still look as if I just put them on! 

Gently peel back the backing and start on one edge. Smooth toward the opposite edge for a bubble free look. (Do not get wet right away, let the labels "cure").

The last step is to tie the raffia or twine around the neck of the jar and viola! You have a wedding favor! 
Country Wedding Favors

I bought  these "chalk markers" for guests to write their names on the cups, and scattered them around the bar and reception. It looks like chalk but less messier. And it wipes right off with a damp paper towel!
I had mint green striped straws for the cups, as mint green was one of our colors. You can get these off of Etsy for pretty cheap in any color. I ordered about 300 so we would have extra. The cost for these was under $20. I did print off a little message to put in each jar to let guests know that they could keep their cup at the end of the night:

Here’s your glass for the night, 
write your name so it stays in sight! 
Then fill to the brim with whatever tastes right!
You’ll find a chalk marker on the table!

This DIY was a bit time consuming, but we got so many compliments on them! Not only that, they added to the look of the venue and tables so it was well worth it in the end! These were by far one of my favorite unique looks to our wedding! 

Have a happy Tuesday!

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