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Mason Jar Wedding Time Capsule

Weddings are getting more and more creative as time goes on.  A recent trend I noticed was the wooden wine box time capsule where the couple writes letters to each other and places them into a wooden box with a bottle of wine and nails it shut during the ceremony only to be opened on their 25th anniversary.  Cute, right?

Even though our wedding was a year and a half ago (eeep! Where did the time go?), I recently went back down memory lane when we moved into our new house and came across a box of wedding decor/supplies from our wedding.  All the wonderful memories of the day came flooding back and it was such a shame that all of this decor was wrapped up in a box!  I repurposed much of it as decor in our guest bedroom (we had a beach themed wedding and I decided on decorating the guest bedroom in nautical decor, so it was perfect!), but what about all of the little things like the programs, our invitation, some petals from our bouquet, etc?

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Then yesterday, the idea came to me.  A customer on Etsy purchased one of my metal stamped mason jar lids and asked if I could stamp their name and their wedding date on it because they were getting married on the beach and wanted to bury a time capsule of mementos from the day in the spot where they got married.  How wildly romantic!

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It was also the perfect idea – mason jars come in a ton of sizes (and colors too!).  I’m going to fill up a mason jar with little pieces of our special day, and top it off with a personalized lid to mark our names and date.  The mason jar (I picked the pretty blue ones we have) looks great in our nautical guest room and will hold those special treasures in one place.  Plus, it’s super easy to open and reminisce if we ever want to take that trip back down memory lane.

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Some ideas of what you can add to your wedding time capsule:

Wedding invitation (you might have to fold it or roll it and tie with a pretty ribbon)
Wedding program
Place cards
Dried petals from your bouquet
If you had your dress altered and saved some of the fabric, a piece of fabric from your dress
Special hairpins you wore that day
A jump drive with your favorite wedding photos
A copy of your wedding announcement

… and so much more! Do you have any ideas of what you can add to your wedding time capsule? Leave me a comment and let me know!
Want to purchase your own custom mason jar lid? Check out my Etsy listing here – they’re only $5!

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Handmade Bridesmaids Clutches

In a quest to DIY as much as my wedding as possible, I made my bridesmaids not-quite-matching clutches.  I knew I wanted part of their bridesmaid gift to be a clutch filled with “wedding day essentials”, so I started to look around for some ideas.  The problem is, I found too many ideas!  I decided that I have 3 different bridesmaids, so I should have 3 different clutches (plus, one for myself!).  Here’s all four clutches (in our wedding colors- navy and coral)

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I had so much fun filling them with items I think they’d need on the big day! I got nail files, Tic Tac mints, hand cream, small mirror, a comb, some clear band aids, Chapstick, some bobby pins that I attached to a piece of card stock, and my favorite part– little hand sanitizers from Bath and Body Works that have a diamond ring on them and say “I love bling!”.  How perfect are they for a wedding?

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Each clutch measures 9in x 5in and have a small strap to hang from their wrist. They are all made out of satin which was strengthened with fusible interfacing.  They are all lined with a silk cotton lining.  Below, I have a picture of each clutch and a link to where I found the tutorial on how to make it.  Note* I did not follow the directions for each tutorial exactly– I modified them to fit my needs, but the basic directions are there.

I used this blog for the instructions on how to make the Bow Clutch.

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For this clutch, I just made it up as I went along, but it was based loosely on the clutch featured here — the top is a single band, the middle has four little pleats in it, and the bottom is a single band.  The flowers were made by me, and a tutorial on how to make them can be found here.  The same flowers will also be adorning the bridesmaids dresses.

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This clutch I made up as I went along– It is just a basic rectangle with a little ruffle sewn on.  I made the ruffle by making a tube out of the fabric,  basting a running stitch down the middle, gathering it, and then sewing it down onto the front piece of the clutch before sewing everything together.

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For this clutch, I used the tutorial found here. That blog also had a fabulous tutorial on how to insert the zipper. I used her tutorial for that on all four clutches, and let me say that they came out so professional looking!

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Can you think of anything else I should include in the clutches?

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