I had my 30th birthday party last weekend and these mason jars from The Reject Shop were such a hit! They worked out to only $1.25 each and were super fun to drink cocktails from – even the guys got on board.
The jars are rather awesome on their own, but in my standard style I wanted to add a fruity touch so have transformed some into little pineapples! They’d look so great all ready to go on a party table filled with pina coladas, don’t ya think?
I also really wanted to make a champagne ice bucket that was a bit different. I found these lovely wicker storage baskets at The Reject Shop too for only $20 and with a bit of gold spray paint around the bottom and a bucket inserted inside, it was perfect. (and bonus, I can now use this as a plant pot holder around the home!)
Check out the step by step guide below to make your own pineapple jars and for more pics of the party + tips for throwing your own house party, check out my other post.
- Mason Drink Jars from The Reject Shop ($5 per pack of 4)
- Green paper
- Green paint + paint brush
- Hot glue gun or craft glue
Start by painting your lids the same colour as your paper. I gave mine two coats and let it dry in between.
Cut a strip of paper which is approx 6cm wide, and start snipping into it from one side to start forming wide leaf shapes which are around 2-3cm high. Don’t worry about making it perfect, pineapples leaves are supposed to look uneven! Make each leaf touch at the bottom like this, and leave yourself at least a cm underneath for you to glue to your lid later.
Next make slight fold marks in between each leaf so it’s easy to manipulate later, and also make one long fold line at the base of the leaves. Also snip tiny triangles out from under each fold line – this makes it easier to wrap around later.
Now to make a strip of longer leaves. On a strip of paper approx 12cm wide, start cutting long leaves which are around 2 x 10cm. Cut 4-5 of them, then make your paper piece shorter by 2-3cm. Cut another 4-5 slightly shorter leaves, then do the same – cut your strip down by 2-3cm and cut the remaining leaves.
You should be left with two pieces like this.
Now to just glue them to your lids! Make sure your paint is dry first though.
Start with your smaller leaves, in your hand curl them around so they’re ready to be placed.
Add some glue to the bottom of the tabs and place on the lid.
Do the same with the longer leaves, curling it around so the longer leaves sit in the middle of the spiral.
To finish it off, use your finger to slightly curl the paper leaves outward to make them look a bit more like natural leaves.
Fill with your fave tropical drink! Here’s one of my fave pina colada recipes if you’re interested!