Ladies like flowers (some men, too, I'm sure). One of the difficulties of displaying flowers in random glassware (like Ball or Mason jars) is the quantity required to fill the glassware's mouth to keep the flowers from just falling along its lip.
I know I don't have the money to buy large amounts of flowers at once. And I don't seem to get my hands on bunches of wildflowers very often either. Usually I'll find myself with a random assortment of flowers, sometimes just one of each.
What if you want to display just a few beautiful stems? And, what if you want them to stand up nice and tall, like colorful sentinels on your kitchen table?
How about you make a Ball jar vase? Adding hardware fabric under the screw-top lid will give you the structure you need to arrange your flowers.
What do you need for this mini-project?
Left to right: Hardware cloth (1/2 in.), shears or heavy-duty scissors, Ball jars.
Unroll the hardware cloth; I set mine up on a sheet of plastic (or, umm, a black plastic garbage bag) because I was working on carpet and I didn't want any frustrating snags.
Unscrew the lid off your Ball jar and take the pop-top out.
Marking around the pop-top unto the hardware cloth gives you a pattern for cutting with your shears. That way the fabric will fit perfectly into the screw-top lid.
Use your shears or heavy-duty scissors to cut along the pattern.
Your mesh top will look something like this. You might have to use your scissors to move back some of the edges of the cloth, since it can bend while cutting.
Insert the circular cloth piece into the screw-top lid of the your Ball jar.
Then, screw the lid back onto the jar.
Each square will hold a stem upright so you can arrange as you please!
Ball jars are fun. And, if you happen to be on the Internet ever, you've probably noticed that folks all over the place are coming up with fun, inventive ways to recycle them.
Do you have any other fun ideas for what to do with Ball jars?
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