DIY Jar Lanterns

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DIY Jar Lanterns

Dear Husband and I love our back yard.  We get a lot of compliments on it and I always tell people that it takes a lot of time, hard work and sweat (mostly Dear Husband’s hard work and sweat).  5 years ago we planted red tipped photinia along our back fence to create a privacy wall.  At that time they were 3 feet tall and I remember thinking it would be forever before these dang things provided any sort of privacy.  Now they are over 8 feet tall and have given us a secret garden type of hedge.

While Dear Husband contributes all the brawn in the yard I try to contribute the whimsy.  

Enter DIY Jar Lanters.

DIY Jar Lanterns

DIY Jar Lanterns

 

DIY Jar Lanterns Method 1

Here’s what you need:

DIY jar lanterns

Canning jars…Bell or Mason jars work great
16 guage wire
needle nose pliers/wire cutters
sand box sand
votive candles

These could not be easier.  Cut approximately 36 inches of wire.  Wrap the wire around the jar twice then twist the ends together.

DIY Jar Lanterns

 

DIY Jar Lanterns

The twist will be the handle.  Form it into a handle and push the end through the wire that is wrapped around the jar.  Use the needle nose pliers to wrap the lose end around itself to secure it.

DIY Jar Lanterns

 

DIY Jar lanterns

 

DIY Jar Lanterns

 

DIY Jar Lanterns Method 2

Cut two pieces of wire.  Wrap one end of the first wire around the jar and twist to secure.  Do the same with the second wire.  The excess of each wire should be opposite each other.

DIY Jar Lanterns

 

DIY Jar lanterns

 

Bring the two loose ends together and twist to create a handle.  Use the needle nose pliers to create a spiral with the ends.

DIY Jar Lanterns

 

Fill the bottom with about two inches of sand.  Add the votive and you’re done.  Perfect for a mid-summer night party.

DIY Jar Lanterns

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7 Responses

  1. Oh I just LOVE your back yard!!! I WANNA COME OVER!!! And this is just such a creative idea, Stephanie! LOVE it! I am going to find me some jars!!
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    • Stephanie Clinton

      Please come! You have an open invitation.
      (Those cute geen and blue jars are at Target)

  2. I wondered how one could be confident enough to hang them and not worry about them falling – NOW I get it. That wiring is more secure than I first thought. Lovin’ that backyard fireplace!
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    • Stephanie Clinton

      I’ll let you know if any come crashing down! However, I don’t feel comfortable testing them in the Oklahoma wind.

  3. I’m absolutely in love with mason jars..and your backyard. So jealous of that — what is it– a pizza oven? I mean, I know it’s a fireplace but holy cow. Gorgeous!
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    • Stephanie Clinton

      Thank you! It is a labor of love. The fireplace is just a regular ol’ fireplace. Too bad it’s not deep enough to double as a pizza oven. Swoon!

  4. Definitely need to try this on my new back porch. Thanks for stopping by the Creative Spark Link Party. Hope you link up again today! http://bit.ly/1t2Ohhl

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