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How to Make… Lace-covered Jam Jars


A splash of colour - Lace-covered glass jars
I love the simplicity of glass-covered lace. It’s so elegant and classic with a nod to vintage. Glass jars look stunning with a flickering candle inside, and with Wayne and I having a winter wedding (next month!), I knew this would be something that could work well with our day.

After being inspired by seeing lace-covered jam jars all over Pinterest and my favourite wedding blogs last year, I really wanted to have a go at making them myself. I mean, they are beautiful, environmentally friendly (as it’s effectively upcycling!) and also cheap to make.

Here’s how I made mine…

What you will need:

Glass jars – be it jam jars, sauce jars, hotdog jars, beetroot jars, peanut butter jars, mason jars. If it’s glass and jar-shaped, it’s good to go!
Tape measure
Needle and white or ivory thread
Wool/yarn in different colours (optional)

How to make the lace-covered jars

After a bit of trial and error, I realised using glue was a no-go. For one thing it wasn’t very sticky, and secondly it tended to seep through the lace. Not very pretty! Instead I sewed the lace into a kind of sleeve for the jar, which means it can easily be removed if the jars need to be washed.

  1. With the tape measure, measure around the circumference of the jar. Add on an extra inch/2.5 centimetres for sewing. Make a note of the measurements.Measuring the jar
  2. Measure the lace to the length of the measurements taken in step one and cut to size.Lace cut to size
  3. Fold the lace in half and measure half an inch/1.5 cm from the open end. This is where you are going to stitch to make the lace sleeve.
    Measuring for the seam
  4. Sew by hand or using a sewing machine with a white or ivory thread. Finish off.Stitching the seam
  5. Turn the lace sleeve inside out and slide it onto the jar.  It should be a snug fit, if not, measure and stitch closer to the middle of the piece of lace.
    Finished big jar

And there you go! You can add two smaller lace covers to a bigger jar for a different effect or add a bit of colour by wrapping some wool or yarn around the middle of the lace.

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They look great with candles inside – a cheap but effective bit of wedding decor!

Lace-covered jars with candles

So are you planning on making any lace-covered jars for your wedding or special occasion? I hope you have found this post useful!

Kate x


Author: Kate

Editor of craft and lifestyle inspiration site Beak Up Crafts.

2 thoughts on “How to Make… Lace-covered Jam Jars

  1. These would be very beautiful at a wedding table, Annie

  2. Thanks Annie! We are going to use some to have candles in and a few other jars for another purpose which I’m going to keep secret for now (as some people who are coming to our wedding read my blog!)

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