My first blog looks at a simple idea, which transforms the humble jar in to a perfect centrepiece or beautiful vase. I originally got the idea from Craftseller (issue 40 - September 2014) and remember the raised eyebrows I received when I tried to explain I wanted yarn covered jars for our wedding reception table centrepieces! They worked perfectly though and were a great hit with many of our guests who wanted to take them home. The original article used glass bottles rather than jars and I soon discovered with my first practice run that this caused a tiny problem when trying to finish them off. The grooves for the screw top of a jar make it difficult to run the yarn to the top. My dad and his wife, Mickey, came up with a perfect plan - contrasting ribbon and crochet flowers to tie in with my bouquet and the colours for the wedding. I'd love to take credit for the final pieces shown here - but credit is entirely due to Mickey and the incredible production line she set up, involving my dad and brothers, to ensure all 70 jars that were needed were made in time for our big day.
Want to make your own jar vase? Then read on...
Place the scrap paper/newspaper on your working area. Squeeze a small amount of PVA glue around the sides of the jar towards the bottom. Spread this round the circumference of the jar. It's best to do the glue in small sections, otherwise it gets a little messy!
Place the end of the yarn by the edge of the flat bottom where the jar begins to curve out and slowly rotate the jar allowing the yarn to attach to the glue. You may occasionally need to shuffle the yarn up to close gaps between rows.
Keep rotating the jar and adding yarn until you reach the grooves in the jar neck.
Place the ribbon around the neck of the jar and allow an overlap of about 1cm and a little bit more to fold over at the exposed end. Cut off the excess ribbon length. Pin (or peg!) the ribbon ready to sew it in place.
If you plan to add a crochet flower, you will now need to make the flower. I used this simple small flower from Attic 24. I adapted the pattern starting with a magic circle, so I could close the centre hole tighter. My adapted pattern can be found here. I added a button to the centre - we used pearly buttons for the wedding jars to co-ordinate with my bouquet, but you can add any button you like the look of! Use cotton thread to fix the button to the flower and then attach them to the join of the ribbon.
Place the ribbon back on to the neck of the jar and you're done!
This is such a simple effective make and only takes 45 minutes to an hour to create. Why not try it and share your creations on our Facebook page.