Ok you guys. This was actually a bonus How-To project. It wasn’t one we were really planning on (ok, it wasn’t one our leaders-of-crafts Elizabeth and Emily were planning), and it wasn’t part of one of our tablescapes. But it was an idea I’d been dying to try for forever, so one evening, after a lot of wine, I talked everyone into trying it out. I think you’ll agree, my wine-bribing was worth it.
The Conclusion: This project is so easy (other than the goddamn Goo Gone scrubbing), essentially free… and it looks so damn good it’s crazy. I mean, the pictures don’t even capture it. This project is great for affordable wedding centerpieces, but it’s also great if you’re looking to decorate a party area with long outdoor ledges or edges that need to be filled with pretty things. Also, we’re totally going to be using this idea for summer backyard parties at our new place.
So here is the scoop. Collect a bunch of jars, quite possibly in different shapes. This also works brilliantly with clear wine bottles, if you’re looking to create a long edging line. Once you have your collection, get out your Goo Gone and start scrubbing. And scrubbing and scrubbing. (Don’t save this for a few days before the wedding or party, because you’ll notice from my defeated posture in the photos that some manufacturers seem to put their labels on with cement, and I hate them.) Then, once your labels are off, begin the mad artsy scientist part of the project. Fill your jars with water, and then add food coloring to create colors you like. Experiment. Then add a few drops of milk to some of the jars to vary the look.
Display with the light of the sun during the day, or tea-lights at night. And pat yourself on the back for making something so pretty out of free materials.