June 17, 2019

D.I.Y.: Summer Citrus Centerpieces (with Mason Jars)

DIY Summer Citrus Centerpieces

I'm all on board with the summer lemon trend this year--it has a refreshing and light feeling to it--just the way I want to (unrealistically) imagine these hot, muggy, mid-western, July days ahead of us to feel... At least a girl can dream with these super simple centerpieces for the season. They look cute both inside and out on the porch, are relatively cheap, and take only about 15-20 minutes to arrange.

DIY Summer Citrus Centerpieces

Depending on what size jar you use will influence the number of citrus fruits you'll need, but here's a rough estimate of what you'll need to get started:

  • Large-mouth Mason Jars (Of course, other size and types of jars will work too)
  • 3 Citrus fruits of your choice per jar
  • Greenery clippings 
  • Ribbon
  • Floating candles (or flowers)


DIY Summer Citrus Centerpieces

Slice your citrus up in various thickness and thinness. Just as a side note, I've found that limes tend to lose their coloring in these quicker than oranges, lemons, and grapefruits, so if you want your centerpieces to get the longest run, maybe avoid adding limes.

DIY Summer Citrus Centerpieces

Then you'll want to fill your jar little by little as you layer in your citrus slices in the jar with the "meaty" sections facing out towards view. Doing it a layer at a time avoids the frustration of wrestling your fruit around as it tries to float in the water and overspill messes that happen if you fill it up all the way right at the beginning. It may take some maneuvering, but you'll want to stuff those slices in to keep them in place. 

Feel free to add in some sprigs of greenery in as you go to add more interest. Herbs look lovely in these, but honestly, use what you have in your backyard if you don't have a garden to pick from. I used boxwood trimmings because most of my herbs are not in abundance yet, and we had a storm come through that knocked some twigs off my bushes anyway. If it looks beautiful to you--use it!

DIY Summer Citrus Centerpieces

I decided to put floating candles in these, but you could also stick some flowers in the center (just use fewer citrus slices in filling the jar with water) and have a bouquet look instead. Finally, add a ribbon around the top lip of the jar--and it is ready to go!

DIY Summer Citrus Centerpieces

Typically, I can get two-three days out of these before the water starts to get cloudy or the slices start to lose their coloring. 

DIY Summer Citrus Centerpieces

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