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!
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.
- 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.
- Measure the lace to the length of the measurements taken in step one and cut to size.
- 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.
- Sew by hand or using a sewing machine with a white or ivory thread. Finish off.
- 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.
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.
They look great with candles inside – a cheap but effective bit of wedding decor!
So are you planning on making any lace-covered jars for your wedding or special occasion? I hope you have found this post useful!