(Closed) Calling all DIYers

posted 10 years ago in DIY
Post # 17
2889 posts
Sugar bee

I had a cookout/birthday party this summer and decorated with candles, twine, glass jars and tin cans. I saved jars from things like pasta sauce and olives over time. I had a couple of tin cans that I punched holed in with a nail to make a lantern and put these on the food table. I made some lt. blue water using food coloring and filled each jar half way then topped with a floating candle (mine were pink). I used 4 of these on the long table and then put one on each stair to illuminate the path once it got dark. Then I took some of the smaller jars and made simple hanging lanterns. I tied twine around the mouth and then tied a long loop to that. I hung the lanterns from things that were already there (metal bits on my building) but you could also use shephards hooks for this. I also had one square table that, for that, I took 4 of the same sized glass jars and tied them together with several layers of twine, put a bit of beach sand I in the bottom for atmosphere and then dropped in a tea light and used this as a centerpiece for the square table. Once the sun went down all the cadles came in handy. Besides the recycled cans and jars, I spent about $5 on a roll of twine and a bag of floating candles I bought on clearance. I still have leftovers of both and the tea lights I used were hanging around my house. Hope this helps.

Post # 18
440 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

One thing that I am doing is using clear wine bottles that I cut (you can find the tutorial on Weddingbee) and I am doing mass amounts of candles. I am also saving smaller glass jars to add some different height levels. I am not using pillar candles but using taper candles to cut down on candle cost (you can get 12 tapers for a dollar at walmart in pretty much any color you want) and my filler for the vases is rocks. I purchased a big bag of tiny pea gravel from lowes for about $6 and 5 cans of  88 cent spray paint from walmart and I just spread the rocks out and painted them. I am doing long tables as well. I also bought some clearance fabric ($1 per yard!) to make table runners out of. So for about $50 I am doing all of my tables. If you are not a big drinker go to a local bar and ask them if you can go thru their garbage one night. I got like 150 bottles in about 3 trips.

Target has 40 votives for 9.99 and 32 2×2 candles for 13.99. Also keep an eye out for after holiday sales.


Post # 19
325 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

You can also use the jelly jars as bud vases–I’ve seen some great pictures of centerpieces that are basically just lots of bud vases. Very simple and low profile, but chic. You could use fewer flowers this way, if the cost of flowers becomes an issue and use the mason jars as candle holders.

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