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Earlier this week, as part of our All Inclusive event planning package, our friend Kelsey was invited to host a craft party.  She supplied the space (and pizza & snacks!) and we supplied mason jars, twine lots of hot glue and the rest of the crafting supplies.  All of Kelsey’s guests got super into their crafting, and their efforts really showed in the final products: everything came out wonderfully!  The fact that her family got to contribute to the event decor will make the main event so much more special for her nearest and dearest.

On our to do list for the night were twine & ribbon wrapped mason jars (for the flowers) and hot air balloon themed food & dessert tags.

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We found cute printables for the dessert/food tags on Etsy, but decided we, being the DIY bar afterall, could make our own.  We used Picmonkey to create the images, printed them on cardstock, and Kelsey’s mother and mother-in-law cut them out and glued them to shish kabob sticks (sturdier than toothpicks!).

For the mason jars, which will ultimately hold gorgeous flower bouquets at the shower, we used a quart-sized jar, a ball of twine, hot glue (and a glue gun) and satin ribbon (oh, and a jar of M&M’s doesn’t hurt either).

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To start, use the glue gun to apply a small strip of hot glue to the back (you decide what’s the “back” and what’s the “front”, but just be aware of it after you start wrapping the twine) of the jar, and press the end of the twine into the glue (careful, it’s hot!!).

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Next, begin wrapping the twine around the jar. You’ll want to cover the middle portion of the jar in twine, leaving some room at the top and bottom of the jar.  Once you get as high as you want, start wrapping the twine down, across the twine you just wrapped, to create that texturized detail you see in the pic of the final product below.  Sorry, we don’t have a photo of this step! You will want to keep the glue nearby so you can apply glue if you feel the twine is starting to slip out of place.  Once you have all the cross-detail you want, cut the twine and glue the end to the jar (at the back!!). Then tie a ribbon around the center in a bow, and voila. A super cute mason jar vase.

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Happy DIY’ing!

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