Bridesmaids brunch and mason jars

My six bridesmaids live in four different states, so it was a pretty amazing feat for us all to gather today for brunch and dress shopping. With over a year to go until the big day, it’s a little early to actually place orders — but the ogling and trying-on of dresses is (more than) half the fun. I had a perfect, wonderful day with six of my favorite girls, and it was sunny and warm! Couldn’t ask for more.

I made a small gift for each bridesmaid: a simple mason jar with candy and name tag. They were a lot of fun to make, and a good first DIY project to ease myself into the crafting I’m hoping to do for the big day. I bought the mason jars and candy at ShopRite, and the paper and rubber stamps I bought last week at Paper Presentations. I had the gold ribbon on hand. Here are some photos:

First I cut paper hearts out of metallic paper and rubber-stamped (love those rubber stamps) on each girl's name. Filter used here to show how nice and sparkly they are.

First I stenciled and cut paper hearts out of metallic paper and rubber-stamped each girl’s name. Filter used here to show how nice and sparkly they are.

I glue-sticked (glue-stuck?) confetti stars in our accent colors on either side of each name, then hole-punched the top left and strung a ribbon through.

I glue-sticked (glue-stuck?) confetti stars in our accent colors on either side of each name, then hole-punched the top left and strung a ribbon through.

Here's another angle where you can see how I tied them to the mason jars. I curled the end of the ribbon, and filled the jar with blue and cold candy.

Here’s another angle where you can see how I tied them to the mason jars. I curled the end of the ribbon, and filled the jar with blue and gold candy.

If I could do it again, I'd probably have punched the hole further up on the heart, so they hung a little straighter. But here's the whole bunch!

If I could do it again, I’d probably have punched the hole further up on the heart, so they hung a little straighter.

Happy mason-jar-holding bridesmaids!

Happy mason-jar-holding bridesmaids!

A simple project, but fun and pretty easy to do. I hope the girls enjoy them. Thanks again for a lovely day, ladies!

*Update: I forgot to mention that I purchased the rubber alphabet stamps after reading an article in the Australian magazine Modern Wedding DIY. The magazine is gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous. The stamps were featured as one of the seven DIY basic essentials every crafting bride should buy. Seeing how fantastic the stamped projects are turning out, I’m definitely going out to buy the other six this week.

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