The use of Mason jars is one wedding trend that we have yet to grow tired of. As far as we can tell, the budget friendliness and versatility of these humble canning containers will keep them in the wedding game for years to come. Since they make an appearance at so many weddings, however, the trick is dreaming up an original way to use them. It tickles us pink when someone comes up with an idea for breathing new life into a tried-and-true trend, and our crafty girl, Polly, has done just that with her enviable embroidery skills. Fear not; they’re easy to learn!
Hand embroidery is one of the traditional crafts that’s been transformed by the current crop of DIY enthusiasts! While it may seem intricate and intimidating, embroidery doesn’t have to be hard. It’s easy to learn a few basic stitches that look pretty darn impressive, and you can use your newfound skills to adorn anything from napkins to gift tags. I like this project because it’s super inexpensive; embroidery is a wonderfully low-cost craft (thread still costs 39¢!), and the result is a totally adorable and customizable accoutrement for your cozy outdoor wedding.
1. Canvas fabric
2. Embroidery thread
3. Embroidery needle
4. Mason jars or vases
Step 1: Cut a strip of canvas about an inch wide and as long as you need to tie around your jar or vase.
Step 2: With a light pencil, draw or trace the image you’d like to embroider. For this project, keep it simple! You can freehand a heart, initials, a flower, or anything else you want to represent the new couple. (There are also lots of simple patterns online; Sublime Stitching or Wild Olive are great resources for chic and modern images.) Don’t be scared of imperfection; embroidery is a homey, rustic-looking art anyway.
Step 3: Thread your needle and tie a knot at the end. Begin stitching. I like to use the backstitch, one of the easiest embroidery stitches, which is great for outlining. It’s basically a series of even up-and-down stitches; here’s a little extra instruction on the details.
Step 4: When you’re done stitching, cut your thread. Tie the strip of canvas onto a Mason jar or vase, and you’ve got a special table centerpiece that can double as a take-home for some lucky guests.