These beautifully 20’s inspired DIY mason jar vases look like they’ve been plucked out of one of the Great Gatsby’s lavish parties! I love taking something old and making it new again, and recycling these used mason jars into stunning glass vases is a way to get creative with upcycling!
I’ve simply wrapped a mix of trims around the glass body, and then decorated with roses, pearls and feathers, something Daisy Buchanan would definitely love! I’ve also used an old book to create dainty paper roses, adding even more texture and “recycling” to the design.
These would be killer wedding tablescape decorations, as their soft and pretty vibe is so charming. You can create these in any color scheme you want, making it easy to customize for different types of parties and get togethers.
I’ll show you the steps I took to create them below. Have fun with this, and customize them to fit your style!
Step 1: Gather materials. You will need mason jars (cleaned and dried), hemp or twine, baker’s twine, glitter washi tape, assorted pearls, flower cabochons, lace / leather trim (your discretion here), and an old book. You will also need scissors and hot glue. Feathers are optional (but highly recommended for that 20’s look!).
Step 2: Start wrapping. Using your hemp, secure at the back bottom of the mason jar with a line of hot glue. If you don’t let the hot glue dry before wrapping it won’t adhere well! Wrap the hemp tightly but gently around the jar, continuing up about a third. Cut and secure the end with hot glue.
Add a stripe of glitter tape, right above your hemp layer.
With baker’s twine, in a coordinating color, wrap just as you did with the hemp, but above the glitter tape. You can use bits of hot glue at the back if you need to secure more, but mine did just fine without it. Once you’ve gotten almost to the top, you can cut off excess and secure.
I trimmed the top with a studded leather layer, gluing at the back just as you have been with the hemp and twine.
There is no right or wrong way to layer your trims / twines. Play around with colors and order here for different looks! I would just keep the colors very similar here if making mason jars for a tablescape – you want them to coordinate.
Step 3: Make paper roses. Cut pages from your book. Cut large and small circles out of these pages. Cut these circles in, making a spiral pattern as you see in the second picture. Cut the end off the spiral so it’s blunt, as opposed to spiky.
Simply roll the paper in from outside to inside, following the spiral. Make sure you wrap tightly, and keep the wrap from spiraling out to one side- try to keep it stacking upon itself. Once you’ve wrapped all the way, release gently and the rose will form. Use a spot of hot glue to secure the end of the spiral to the rest of the rose, closing the rose.
Step 4: Decorate the jars. First, glue a large feather (optional) onto the center of the jar. Glue the rose cabochon over this feather bottom. Decorate using your roses, and then glue small pearls in the petals of the rose cabochon to give a slightly vintage look.
Like I said, no right or wrong way to decorate! In my collection, I added the lace to the bottom of some jars and left out the feathers. I also left out the leather trim, and added more paper roses. Keep the look cohesive, but make small changes in style to give some variation!
You can of course use them as vases, which is what I intended, but can even fill them with glass gems, candies, or anything else to amp up your party decorating game!
You can view all my other tutorials on my blog, quietlioncreations.com. Have fun and get crafty!
What occasion would you use these mason jars for?