Up-style your next occasion with washi tape and recycled glass jars. Perfect for party table décor.
Here’s yet another use for the chameleon of adhesive tapes, washi tape. Once you’ve mastered the below three styles, no doubt you’ll keep playing and come up with your own unique designs. It’s addictive! Consider using colours that suit the theme of your occasion. Mix washi tapes for colourful designs. If the occasion calls for trending style, try a chevron pattern on mason jars. For Christmas or Halloween themed gatherings use adhesive book covering for cutting out characters and larger shapes. For a toddler party, use the silhouette of a different animal for each plastic cup.
If you’re making these decorative jars for a kid’s birthday party, make a party game of it and get the kids involved. They’ll love cutting and sticking the tape on their jars in different patterns and shapes. They can always peel the tape off the jar and try again if things don’t work out. Great for creative thinking and problem solving. Plus, you now have table decorations for when they sit down to eat, and party favours for when they leave!
Recycled glass jars (clean)
Washi tape or electircal tape
Non-stick baking paper
For detailed patterns, you’ll also need:
Cutting board (a grid helps with measuring)
How to: Dotted jar
This is the simplest jar decoration.
Stick a row of electrical tape to either side of non-stick baking paper. Be careful to line up the two pieces of electrical tape so you halve your efforts when cutting out the shapes. Cut out rough circles along the electrical tape. Peel both sides of each circle off the baking paper. Apply to the jar for some Flintstones dinosaur style! Styling Tip: Keep the left-over baking paper circles to use as table confetti.
The width and length of your confetti will depend on the size of your jar. This jar has beautiful glass embossing on two sides, so we only used two surfaces of 8x8cm/3.2x3.2 inches.
We cut our confetti from washi tape to 1cm/0.4 inches long x 0.2cm/0.1 inches wide. It can take a few tries to get a random confetti effect. We used a washi tape with a party-style pattern to emphasise the confetti vibe, but the design works with solid colour as well. If you mark out your pattern in pen first, use the same coloured pen as the back of the tape, or the pen marks will be visible under your tape when viewed through the glass!
Electrical tape is quite thick, so use a larger jar for this one. First measure the circumference of the jar. Cut your pieces of tape to that size. Now stick them on!
Getting the stripes straight can be a challenge. If you want perfectly straight stripes measure up from the bottom of your jar and in removable ink mark out each top line, then as you apply the tape be careful to stick to that top line. Alternatively, cut out pieces of tape matching the height of the spacing between each line. Place these spacing guides between each line to help.
It’s time to overflow your gorgeous jars with party treats and place them along the middle of your serving table. Remember to reuse the jars again and again, with decorations tailored to the occasion you’re hosting.
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