Usually, this time of year I am up to my eyeballs creating fantastic spaces for kids. I would hardly have time to notice the beauty of creation around me. But, this year….I am having so much fun picking blossoms, creating fun tablescapes, and enjoying springtime.
I love how the pink detail on the plates comes alive with the pink crabapple blossoms.
Just for fun, I put together a centerpiece for the table using book pages and my vintage Ball Mason jars.
The jars usually take residence on the shelves in my laundry room. They are so happy in their sunny yellow alcove, after spending many years in the dark of a cardboard box.
If you’re a regular reader, you’ll remember that recently I showed a sweet centerpiece with these Ball Mason jars and some Snowball Viburnum branches. At that time, I promised more. I could do that because I had already created this tablescape and taken photos. I just hadn’t written the post.
How is it that I could arrange the Snowball blossoms in the evening, and the next morning shoot the photos and write up the post while leaving this one waiting in the wings? Do you ever catch yourself doing something like that?
How many ways can a girl play with book pages to create fun decor for her home? I may be on a mission to find out. Especially since they make my little heart sing, even after having created and written about it here and here and here and here. (If you wish, you may click the red links to see those posts.)
My stash contained several paperback books in their partially used-up state, from past projects. The books varied in size and so it was easy to make place mats with different-sized pages, fonts, and layouts to create visual interest without a whole lot of work. A quick and simple project with pizzazz.
Five vintage Ball Mason jars of assorted sizes (pint, quart, 2-quart) were commandeered to hold white & pink crabapple blossoms. I love this tone-on-tone display with the pink and aqua accents. You’ll notice I even created a table runner from the book pages. The remaining pages and partial books were tied with jute and some cast off burlap and help to create little risers for a more layered look.
As cute and fun as that is, it didn’t make the centerpiece all that extraordinary. As I looked at my jars sitting on the sea of book print, I had an Ah Ha! moment. Don’t you love those?! I decided to do something that was super easy…and a wee bit tedious…and oh-so-fun. Have you ever seen pleated collars made for mason jars? I do hope not. After all, this girl thinks it would be amazing to have done something totally original. So, if you’ve seen this before, don’t tell me. No, forget I said that. Tell me!! I want pictures too!
Creating the pleats was easy. Tying the jute to the tops of their pleated collars, to hold them cutely in place, on their sloping shoulders was a whole other story. You know how I aim for easy? Well…I’m sure it will be easy for you. I think I just have sloping shoulder issues. I’m pretty sure that if you got some brand new Ball Heritage Pint Jars (Affiliate Link) you wouldn’t have a bit of a problem.
There was one wee little problem. I had been thinking about this tablescape since the trees first started flowering but when I finally went outside to cut the blossoms, they were already past their peak and were falling off the branches easily. If it’s hot and windy…act fast. The branches on the sideboard had been there a week and held up beautifully.
Wouldn’t this tablescape of Mason jars and book pages be fun for a book club, or even a fun gathering of friends?
- I’d love to hear what you think would turn this into the perfect luncheon. Maybe even what you’d choose for the menu.
- And if it’s for a book club…what book would we discuss?
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Here’s the Tutorial for Making the Cute Book Page Collars…