A few weeks ago I did a bit of entertaining.
As I was preparing my home I looked around and thought, “That 4th of July decor has got to go!” I had been noticing it. It was sort of sticking out like a sore thumb. But, if no one was coming over, I could put it off. And I did. It’s not like I didn’t have a plan up my sleeve. For nearly two months I’ve been wanting to get out my old blue canning jars and play around with them. Finally I did.
My guests came. My guests left. And the clouds came and I didn’t take any pictures. I need a sunny day in order to make pretty photographs for you with my pocket Coolpix. The other day I saw a few rays from the giant orb in the sky. So I snapped a few pics for you. Here’s my simple blue moment….
This really was a fast and furious bit of decorating. I grabbed my favorite Longaberger Oval Serving Tray Basket, set it on a large vintage lace rectangle, added a vintage napkin to the basket, and placed an assortment of very old blue glass Mason jars in the basket tray.
When I first placed the jars in the basket tray they looked a bit too plain for me. I thought I should dress them up. So I grabbed a bit of burlap I had left over from a wreath project. In order to create a cutting line, I pulled a thread of burlap to set my width and used it as my guide to cut a few long strips of burlap. I then cut the burlap to fit around the jars and pinned the strips around the jars. No hot glue to burn my fingers. How easy is that?!!
The colorful flower is one I made last summer of burlap, cotton fabric, and twine. I thought it was cute pinned to the jar.
The ruffled burlap trim was the most difficult to do. Again, it was pulling one of the middle threads to ruffle the burlap fabric. I pulled from each end, and with the fabric thread that was still intact from being pulled I tied it around the jar with a simple bow. That’s it!
My stash included some twine. One jar had a lovely burlap sash pinned around it with the addition of the twine wrapped over the burlap a time or two and then tied in a simple knot. Super easy! And I love the textural complement between the two.
I’ve had these jars for a very long time. My aunt had inherited her parents’ farm and was divesting of all kinds of good things. She offered me a couple of boxes of canning jars and two great big old metal milk cans. I said yes. And they have been traipsing all over the country with me. Many of the jars have very sloping shoulders and lots of little bubbles in the glass, which I think is an indication of their early age. The one pictured above must be the oldest in the collection. I think you can tell by the embossing in the glass. It is too lovely to cover it up, so I placed a flower in the bottom for a little color.
The jars vary in size from a pint, to a quart, to what I’m guessing is 2 quarts. This big one got a burlap cummerbund as well. And, it was embellished with a lovely felt rose pin I made last spring. Again, it was pinned with a few straight pins to its burlap cummerbund.
Don’t you love how the jars catch the light so beautifully. I had a lot of fun taking their pictures.
Two small pint jars were left ‘unclothed’ in the vignette for contrast. You’ll notice that the jar on the bottom right is a Ball Mason. I don’t know the history of the Ball or Mason companies, but it looks like at some point they were one company. Hmmm. Are you a vintage canning jar expert? I’d love to hear the story and learn if the jars have any value.
So here you have it….My dining room table vignette. It’s a nice complement to the sideboard with its burlap runner and blue sea glass surrounding the flower-filled sugar pot on top of the mercury glass cake pedestal. And the best part. It was an easy and quick. Just the kind of DIY project I like best!
The blue jars give our great room a refreshing coastal feel here in the mountains. As a girl who grew up on Lake Michigan, my blue jars will have to fill in for the sandy shores and blue waves of the big lake this summer. (I know, that was a stretch…hehe!)
Have you done any decorating this summer with blue canning jars?
What’s your favorite way to use blue Mason or Ball jars?
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