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burlap & lace

I don’t know about you but the cost of centerpieces are ridiculous. For a one day rental, I just couldn’t justify spending that much for it. If you’re frugal like me and love to get your hands dirty (your hands will be clean for this one, promise) then do-it-yourself!

I go out of my way to make sure that I’m getting the lowest prices for materials. I search and compare online, go store to store, and even wait for sales or closing stores before I purchase anything. At the time, I was able to purchase 36 mason jars at $0.86 each during the Target closing out sale, whereas Walmart was selling them for a little bit over $0.90 each. I know it’s just a few cents but always keep in mind that things add up, plus you feel even better knowing you got the best deal.

Next on my list: burlap and lace. I purchased mine at Nusso Textile Ltd. my official “Burlap Guy“. They sell wholesale fabric, burlap and many other things which you can browse in their store and order or purchase as-is. I personally went for the as-is section because I didn’t want to take the risk of having delays on my order and seriously just wanted to start my project as soon as possible. I have no experience with the ordering process with this company so I can’t provide any feedback regarding that. I was able to purchase a 4” wide Burlap Fabric roll of 100 yard, Burlap roll, and 2 packs of Lace Trims with different patterns all for about $82.00. I honestly don’t know whether this is a great deal or not but I did save cost and time on shipping and handling, most importantly it was convenient.

Without further ado..

Materials:

Burlap

Lace Trims

Twine

Glue Gun

Scissors

Mason Jar

Instructions:

  1. Wrap the mason jar with the burlap fabric to measure the length, cutting the excess and glue the two ends onto the jar.
  2. Repeat step 1. but with the lace trim. I made 2 variations with the lace because of the different patterns I had: One set of lace I centered it on to the burlap, showing both the burlap and lace. Another with 2 sets of lace glued on to the edges of the burlap to show more lace and have the burlap be seen through the patterns of the lace.
  3. Cut the twine long enough to wrap it around the mason jar on top of the lace trimming and tie a bow. I glued the bow onto the lace just to prevent it from moving around.

Love to Know

Making your own centerpieces can be super tedious but it’s a great excuse to have a Girls Night In. Wine and Gossip Girl, anyone? This definitely makes the time and process more enjoyable. Also, another plus side to making your own centerpiece is once the event is done and it’s still in good condition you can sell it and make a profit.

 

 

 

not another mason jar

I’ve been obsessing over coconut oil. The way you can use it on your face and body or even in the kitchen for cooking. There’s many articles listing the benefits and different uses of coconut oil so I won’t bother you with that. However, I am here to share with you how I store it. Since I buy it in bulk I wanted to have coconut oil easily accessible without the large container taking up my wash room. So what better way to store it than in mason jars! I’m a minimalist but I encourage you to show off your creativity with this mini project.

Materials:

Nutiva Organic Coconut Oil

Mason Jar

Twine

Burlap

Cardstock Paper – white

Double-Sided Tape

Hole Puncher

Sharpie Fine Tip Marker – black

Scissors

Martha Stewart Heavy Duty Paper Trimmer 12′

Instructions:

  1. Using the Paper Trimmer or scissors, cut the card stock into a shape of a tag. I didn’t use any specific measurements for this part, eye-balling did the trick. It was about 2 inches x 1.5 inches.  I would make sure that the size isn’t too big or too small in comparison to the mason jar.
  2. Repeat Step. 1. but this time cut the burlap into a tag. I made it a little bit bigger so it would create a border for the card stock tag.
  3. Stick the card stock and burlap together by using double sided tape. I find that the glue gun made it lumpy and a glue stick didn’t stick well. Then hole-punch the side of the tag for the twine thread to go through.
  4. This part you can be more creative with it. I searched the definition of coconut oil and wrote it exactly how it shows in the dictionary. Go all out if you want!
  5. Cut about 11 inches of twine and wrap it around the jar. Sew the twine through the tag then tie a knot or bow to finish it off.
  6. Fill ‘er up with coconut oil or your choice of oil/loose item. 

And there ya have it! A simple and easy way to store oils or any loose items. You can showcase them in your wash room, kitchen, or vanity desk, or give it away as favours/gifts.

Love to Know

I love using coconut oil as:

  • deep hair conditioner: slather that baby all up in there, rinse and repeat!
  • lip moisturizer: light and tasty
  • eye make up remover: 2-in-1 cleanser and moisturizer

What are your top 3 uses for coconut oil?