DIY: Rustic Wedding Centerpieces

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I have been a part of two weddings that have had a glamorous rustic theme. In both instances, there were a lot of projects that we did on our own. Today we are going to talk about three simple projects that can make any rustic wedding centerpiece uniquely amazing!

The three favorites that I have ventured to make on my own include painted mason jars, ruffled tissue paper flowers and wood block pictures.

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1. The mason jars! They are so easy it’s silly! I picked up different types of regular ole mason jars from second-hand stores. (That way they were cheaper and unique!) I suggest washing and drying them before starting to paint!

For the pictured mason jars, it just so happened that I had left over mint colored paint from painting our bathroom, so that’s what I used. The wedding colors were mint, gold and ivory! For the gold, I bought metallic gold paint from Wal-Mart. But, for you, any paint you want will do!

After you pick out the paint, simply use painters tape to make designs. For these particular jars, I taped in sections for the half painted ones and chevron angles for the jars with mint and gold. I found that if you want the jars completely one color, it’s best to paint the inside. Otherwise the designs are easier painted on the outside of the jar! Once they are all painted and dry, add some  twine for a more country feel!

 2. The tissue paper ruffled flowers! These are extremely easy! I picked white and tan for these flowers. You can pick whatever colors match your wedding and buy them at just about any retailer! After you pick your colors, stack the tissue paper on top of each other, using about 4-6 pieces per flower. Once stacked, fold the paper back and forth using a folding fan like method. The folds will vary depending on the size flower you want. For these flowers, I folded each flap about one inch. When you are all done folding, the tissue paper should look like an accordion.

To hold the paper together, I bought some floral wire and wrapped it around the middle of the paper. After you have wrapped the paper, the rest of the wire should look like a stem. Once held together, cut each end of the folded paper  in a half circle. This should make each end look rounded.

Now you should have the folded paper (accordion style) wrapped in the wire with a stem, with both paper ends rounded. Next, simply ruffle the paper out! Do this kind of gently because the tissue paper will rip. I used these flowers inside of the mason jars behind the wood block pictures of the couple!

3. The wood block pictures! Again, these look a lot harder than they actually are to make and they are a beautiful bold statement piece of the couple! The first thing that you need to do is figure out the size you want. For these pictures, I chose 8×10.

After that is all squared away, go to Home Depot, Menards or Loews and buy some lumber. Make sure that the width and length of the wood will work with the size and quantity of the pictures you want. Now, most places will cut the wood down for you (probably for some kind of small charge after the first cut). I am fortunate to have a handyman husband and he just cut it for me!

The pictures themselves can be printed right from your laser jet printer at home! You should use regular printer paper and regular ink for this project. If you use picture paper, it will be way to stiff to work with! You can also have them printed at Office Depot on regular paper.

Now, you should have the picture printed and the wood cut to size. The next step requires Mod Podge and a paint brush. First, paint some Mod Podge onto the wood itself. Next, Place and press the picture on the wood that is covered in Mod Podge. This step should be done carefully and slowly to avoid getting air bubbles underneath. Last, paint a light coat of Mod Podge on top of the picture, let that dry and add a second coat. Voila, a wood block picture!

Add them all together and you end up with a great, rustic centerpiece that is pretty cost-effective!

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