DIY: Hanging Handkerchiefs Vases


I’ve been collecting handkerchiefs for a while and have been trying to figure out a way to incorporate them into a project. I just love all the different patterns and they come in
every color under the sun. They could really coordinate with any wedding. After the wedding, these could easily be disassembled and the
handkerchiefs and  jars could be used again for their original purpose.


What You’ll Need:
Several Canning Jars (1/2 pint wide mouth with the straight sides)
Several Handkerchiefs (in coordinating colors)
Bailing Wire
Rubber Bands
Wire Cutters
Iron and Ironing Board
Resources:  Canning jars are easy to find at yard
sales and thrift stores, so are handkerchiefs.    Bailing wire is
available at any hardware store.
1.  Press all of your handkerchiefs flat.  (if you’re going to be
use these in a humid location, I would suggest using a little spray
starch to help keep them crisp)
2. Fold the bottom of your handkerchief up (see figure 1) and the
top of the handkerchief down (see figure 2) to create a band of
fabric that is the same height as the jar.   Press the folds.
3.  Cut a 2 1/2 foot length of bailing wire.   Wrap it tightly
around the grooves in the top of the jar,  then create a hanger.  (see
figure 3)
4.  Wrap the folded handkerchief around the vase and secure it with a rubber band.  (see figure 4)
5.   Cut a length of ribbon (about 18 inches or so) and tie it
around the vase to conceal the rubber band. Tie the tails in a bow.
(see figure 5)
6.  Add a little water in the bottom of your vase, insert the flowers.  ( see figure 6)
7.  Create a grouping of coordinating vases and hang from a tree, and arbor, or from the ceiling.
What it Cost:
Handkerchiefs $.25 – $3.00 each
Ribbon $.25 a yard
Bailing wire $3 for a 50 foot spool
Jars, if purchased new are about $9 for one dozen (but they are easily found for much less when used)

Laurie, your the best! Thanks for another wonderful project!!

16 Responses to “DIY: Hanging Handkerchiefs Vases”

  1. julia

    these are adorable! the vintage patterns on handkerchiefs are often imitated but here you get the real thing. they have a quaint ladylike-ness to them like nothing else.

  2. Krissy

    Laurie, this project turned out great. I love this site so much. I just want more and more.

  3. Chris

    Awww I LOVE these! Since I didn’t end up printing my save-the-dates on hadkerchiefs I didn’t know what I was going to do with all of them. THANK YOU for this.

  4. MsTeacherLaDY

    So inspired! I want to go looking for these handkerchiefs right now! These vases would be great decor for a wedding, but I can totally see them in my house on an everyday basis too.

  5. Gina

    what a magnificently clever idea! And if you don’t collect hankies, you could still just use a hanky-sized square of fabric which would be easy to color coordinate for an event.


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