DIY Mason Jar Bridal Shower gift

I know I’ve mentioned that I had a cute bridal shower favor idea using mason jars, so I thought I’d share today!  This actually came from one of my previous bosses (and friend!).  She was in charge of the favors at my work bridal shower and I thought they  were so great, I wanted to share!

Since our wedding was outdoors, rustic and most of the decor included mason jars, burlap, and kraft paper, this favor was the perfect idea!  AND it included my favorite dessert, chocolate chip cookies…

So what was the favor, you ask? Homemade chocolate chip cookies in a mason jar!

How cute is this?

Pinterest inspired reclaimed wood love headboard

My little brother and his girlfriend have been dating for 4 years and he wanted to give her a special gift.  Like a lot of things these days, his inspiration came from a picture he saw on pinterest (or she saw on pinterest and showed to him – probably more accurate…) None the less, he wanted to make her a headboard out of reclaimed wood, and of course, since he knows Matt can pretty much do anything, he asked us to help.  It was pretty easy, we did it in an evening, and it turned out pretty cool, so I thought I’d share the process!

First step is to have super cool neighbors who let you use their old fence posts 🙂 Or, just figure out where you can get some reclaimed wood.
 My brother already had a design drawn out he kinda liked, so we started with that. And he knew how big he wanted it to be, so we mapped out the framework in our truck bed with painters tape.
 Then we began cutting the wood into different lengths. It looks best when the lengths vary in size and the seams are not all in a line when fully assembled.
 And then arranged the pieces in our tapped outline.
 Once we had all the pieces cut and we were happy with how the wood was arranged, we used some other wood to be the backing and support.
Then we used wood glue to adhere the pieces for the backing to the headboard pieces, and then followed up with a nail gun to make sure all the pieces were nailed in. (the key here is making sure the pieces on the back are all close to where the seams are so that you can nail each piece together).
 And here it is, all set and sturdy.
Then it came to my part of the project – the handwriting. I knew I was out here for something! Using my brother’s design of what he wanted it to say, I used chalk to trace my outline. (chalk will wipe off easily if you mess up!) And then I painted over it when we liked how it looked.
 And the final product?



What do you think? Pretty cool huh!

Mason jars, Burlap, and Lace – we’re busy creating at loveinamasonjar etsy shop!

We’ve been busy at the loveinamasonjar etsy shop! I’ve started to make more burlap banners in white paint for the spring and summer and have tried new sayings for not only weddings, but engagement photos, baby pictures, and holidays as well!  I’ve also enjoyed getting custom requests for banners.  I like people’s ideas of how to use the banners and it’s especially fun when I get to see pictures of how they use them!

I’ve also been experimenting with mason jars and ways to decorate them with lace , burlap and twine. It’s been my new favorite thing. They make for great candle holders because the light shines through the lace beautifully!

It has been fun to create and try things out! You never know what you might come up with!

Check out what we’ve been up to!