I found the image below when I was just browsing the worldwide web, and immediately I knew I needed to make some adorable little hanging flower mason jars of my own. It’s such a simple idea yet it makes such an impact. I’ve always loved having flowers around the house — dried or fresh — and this is such an excellent way to showcase them.
What you need:
Jars of any size and shape, small flowers of your choice (can be fresh or dried – I used fresh mini roses and dried lavender), some thread, a hot glue gun, and possibly some sort of stick.
What you do:
Step 1: Cut the stem of your flower so that its height is less than the height of your jar – you don’t want the flower to reach the bottom of the jar. Once the flower dries (if it hasn’t already done so) it will probably lose its leaves, so I just removed mine from the start.
Step 2: Tie a thread around the bottom of the stem. You may want to wrap it around multiple times, tieing it each time, to assure that it holds. Cut the thread at a point that will allow the flower to hang from the lid, yet still not touch the bottom of the jar. Allow yourself an extra ½ inch or so to glue to the lid.
Step 3: Lay the top half of the thread on the inside of your lid and apply a generous drop of hot glue. You may need to use a stick or pencil tip to help hold the string in place. If you want your flower to hang directly in the center of your jar, you might want to off-center the glue drop, making it so that one outer edge of the glue touches the exact center of the lid. This is the spot where the un-glued portion of your thread should begin. I know it’s hard, but be patient for about two minutes – the glue needs to dry :)
Step 4: Put the lid on your jar and you’re all done! How easy was that?!
But wait… I have an even easier version. If you chose a flower that was already dried, you can skip the string-hanging part and hot glue the stem straight onto your lid. If you use more than one flower for this like I did, you should tie the stems together before gluing. Make sure you use a very generous amount of glue for this version… and wait a little longer for it to dry!
The first version is beautiful because if you touch the jar gently, the flowers will sway beautifully inside the jar. The second version is cool, too, because you can also flip it upside down!
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