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About 3 weeks ago I married the woman of my dreams.  It wasn't in a big fancy church and we didn't rent a huge hall for the reception.  Where did our wedding and reception take place?  It took place right in our own backyard.  Even though we had a few sprinkles and held umbrellas while saying our vows, in our eyes it was perfect and it turned out even better than I could have imagined.  The downside to having the wedding in our yard was the mad rush we were in to get everything ready in time.  The photographer showed up a couple of hours before and gave me a puzzled look as I was holding a circular saw finishing the wedding party entry way (I will cover how to make this in a future post).  My bride to be and I did most of the preparation for the wedding ourselves and in the process came up with a few neat (and cheap) ideas.

One of these ideas being flower holders we could place in the ground down the aisle.  If I had to classify a theme for our wedding, it would probably be rustic.  Even though it was rustic, my wife and I constantly joked that we didn't want it to be a "hoedown" (no disrespect to hoedown participants). The flower holders we created turned out to be the perfect mix of rustic charm with a hint of elegance.  These actually turned out to be one of the easiest wedding projects we did.

For this project we started by visiting the local hardware store, we purchased 8 wooden stair posts, spray paint, construction grade adhesive and a box of mason jars.   We picked spray paint colors that would complement the colors of the wedding flowers.  You will also want to pick up some ribbon that matches as well.  Most hardware stores have a large selection of stair posts to choose from, pick a design you like.  My wife and I are both on the frugal side (frugal sounds better than cheap in my opinion), so of we chose the most inexpensive ones.

Now that you have all of your supplies, start by spray painting each of the stair posts.  It’s easiest if you stand them up while you spray them so you can cover all sides.  After each one is painted find something you’re not worried about getting some paint on to prop them up against to dry.  Make sure you don’t lay them down or you will ruin the paint on one side and you’ll end up repainting it.

After the paint has completely dried the next step is to attach the mason jars to the end of the posts.  You will want to take some sandpaper and sand any paint off the end of the post where the mason jar will be attached.  Use a very lightly dampened cloth and wipe clean where you just sanded.   You now have a nice clean surface for the adhesive to bond to.  Also make sure that the bottom of the mason jar is clean and free from any oils or grease.  Find somewhere that will allow you to stand each post vertically.  A vice would work well for this, but anything will do, we just wedged it between two short filing cabinets.  Now that you have the post standing straight up, apply a generous amount of the adhesive to the bottom of the mason jar and stick it on top of post where you sanded away the paint.

With the mason jar attached to the top of the post, the most important step comes next… Leave it alone.  That’s right, don’t touch it, take a break or go on a weekend getaway and come back to the project at a later time.  The length of the waiting time will depend on the adhesive, make sure you follow whatever time period the manufacturer recommends for the adhesive to form a solid bond.  If you get to anxious and continue with the project too soon you will likely have a broken mason jar on your floor.

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After you have given the mason jar the proper time to adhere to the wood, use ribbon to tie a decorative bow around the jar or the post.  At this point you’re pretty much done unless there is anything else decorative you choose to add.   I would strongly suggest waiting until the actual day of the event to set them in place, as the longer they are exposed to the elements the higher the likelihood you have for the adhesive to fail.  We placed them out the morning of the wedding and didn’t have any issues, even with some rain.  Depending on the soil where they will be placed, you may want to take one additional step and insert a long screw partially into the bottom of the post to act as a stake.  In my case it wasn’t necessary to add the screw as I was able to easily push them into the ground.

 There you have it, an easy way to spruce up your outdoor wedding.  Keep in mind that these can also be used to hold tea light candles after the sun sets.  If you enjoyed this idea, please be sure to subscribe as I have many more do it yourself wedding ideas from our backyard wedding to share in future posts.  Please share your comments below.


 

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