Introduction

We turned plain glass jars into wedding favors that also served as table centerpieces and table assignments. To make the favors, the recycled jars are filled with evergreen saplings, then decorated with pretty paper and twine. A tag is attached with the name of the guest and their table number on one side, and on the other side of the tag is instructions on how to plant and care for the little tree.

Step 1

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Save Glass Jars

Save up old glass jars. Clean them. Soak them in warm water to remove the labels.

Step 2

Fill the Jars

Add clear glass marbles to the bottom of the jars — about 1 inch deep. Add potting soil to the jars and then insert the evergreen plant and more soil to top it off. Clean the excess soil from the outside of the jar.

Step 3

Decorate with Paper and Ribbon

Cut pieces of wrapping paper to size to go around the jar. Glue the paper to the jar and then along seam. Wrap a large ribbon around the jar (a dot of glue on the back helps keep it in place). Then add a smaller ribbon intertwining the bows.

Step 4

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Create a Tag

Make a tag for each favor, and include instructions on how to plant the sapling and how to take care of it. The flip side of the tag can be used to assign guests to a table number. Brown card stock found at craft stores works best. Use mailing labels on Word to create the tags, then print them out and punch a hole in corner for twine.

Step 5

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©Design by Joanne Palmisano, Photo by Susan Teare

Design by Joanne Palmisano, Photo by Susan Teare

Tag the Saplings

Attach the tags with twine to the jars.