Ok, so everyone is on Pinterest right?! That is where I get all my cool ideas. My husband wishes I never would have found Pinterest. I know that sounds harsh… but I really think it’s true.
I get goosebumps just thinking about how cute this will be when: the door is fixed, the windows (which I need to get the glass panes put back in and frame worked on) are in, the paint is scraped off (I do like the color and plan to get the same) and repainted, It gets a new roof with water drain, and is stabilized on it’s foundation.
Whew! It does need a lot of work… minor really for how beautiful it will become in a short while. Oh! And… Jaryd my 12 year old son is making me two window boxes, one for under each window. After a few other details are looked after it will be to die for.
After my projects are completed my husband usually admits it really does look nice. This is for his yard tools too… so it really was a good find?!
What’s your spring project?
This is a really inexpensive way to light up your yard! You can get canning jars at yard sales, second hand stores and probably from friends you know. We put sand in the bottom for the wax to drip into but you might not need too.
Next time I think I’ll just try letting the wax drip into the jar. It was almost impossible to get the wax and sand out of the jars. Don’t plan on using them for canning again. I put ours in a box labeled “to be used for weddings”.
I think I have mentioned this before but the wax candles really seem to put off more light than the battery operated ones do.
We have a ledge around our top lawn formed by using railroad ties. This made an excellent place to put a decoration. Eryn found Luminary Bags ( she purchased these at are our local Fred Meyer store) and they can be used with flame-less candles or votive candles. These bags were very beautiful as the sun set and it started to get dark.
After the wedding ceremony all the chairs were brought up from the bottom lawn to the top lawn and put around the tables that were set-up for our dessert reception.
We set up for dancing on the bottom lawn after the chairs were removed. Our Luminary Bags could be seen while dancing the night away on the bottom lawn or just visiting at the reception tables on the top lawn.
We actually had to gather a few rocks and put inside the bags because they were very light and the breeze kept moving them. These bags are very easy to put back into their container box. They can be used over and over again. Maybe around a sidewalk or on a deck?
Do you have any unique areas in your yard that are just calling out to be decorated? What will you use?
Lesly’s outdoor wedding was at 6:00 pm the last weekend in August. She chose the glass votive jars as her table center pieces. A small amount of sand was added to the jar for candle wax to melt into. Then she tied a red ribbon that had white hearts on it around the top.
The tables linens were white and we wanted to add a bit more color. At the fabric store we found red fabric with tiny white hearts all over it, just like the ribbon. The fabric was cut into 12″ x 12″ squares and placed under the glass jars.
These tables were gorgeous! The candles added just enough light as the night wore on. Our neighbors later commented on how they could see the candles from their decks after they went home. It just remind them of the great time they had at the wedding.
Things we learned:
The real candles put off more light than the battery operated ones did. We also put the real candles inside jars because we didn’t want the breeze blowing the candles out.
Another cute idea for these votive jars would be to put in a battery operated light and then fill the jar with glass colored see-through rocks. I think there are lots of things you could do with this versatile little jar.
I still have these votive jars and plan on using them at our wedding facility. That brings up the point, what happens to all those jars after the wedding? Maybe you could sell them on EBay or Craigslist to someone who was planning a wedding?
In our case we had about 24 of these jars. That is the down side to purchasing center pieces… what to do with them after the wedding.
What will you use for wedding table center pieces?