Tonight I’m wrapping up the month-long series Love: in a Jar by sharing an idea for turning jars into lanterns. Now this idea has been floating around Pinterest and the interwebz for awhile, but I wondered: how would someone not terribly crafty like myself manage such an undertaking? I decided to find out.
What you’ll need:
- Steel wire*
- Jars (I used quart-size canning jars, but other sizes or varieties may work too!)
- Sand, rocks, or other such decorative elements
- Wire cutters, pliers, gloves (possibly!)
To get started, you’re going to make a small loop in the wire. You could use your pliers for this, but I found it not terribly tricky to just use my hands.
This is going to be one of the two loops you are going to put around the jar (just under the ‘lip’) to hang it from. I’m not sure how to explain this technically, other than to say, you’re basically going to make two “ears.”
So after you make that loop, you’re going to stretch the wire tightly around half of the jar, and make that second loop on the direct opposite side. (See, “ears?”) Then, bring the wire to the back, clip it and twist it tight. I did use the pliers for this portion. If the wire isn’t tight just under that “lip” the whole thing could slip off and well, you don’t want that.
Next, you’re going to take another piece of wire to make the handle. Of course you can make this as long or short as you please, but I made mine quite long to hang at a particular level on my porch. As you might have guessed, you are going to thread each end of the piece of wire through the loops (er, “ears”). Then twist the wire around using your hands or pliers. The first one was a bit awkward for me to make, but it still didn’t take me more than about 10-15 minutes tops to assemble. I then made 3 more and I got better with each one.
From here, your lanterns are technically done. You could add water and floating candles, flameless candles, turn them into vases, what have you. I liked this idea for filling a portion of each jar with sand and a tealight candle. And of course, this gave me a good excuse to poke around the beach on this sunny afternoon!
Here’s the completed project! Oh so fast, oh so easy, and oh so charming!
As a variation on this theme, you could omit the wire and go straight for this:
As always, please do use care when using lit candles and never leave them unattended. (You know, the firefighter’s wife in me feels like some disclosure is needed!)
Well folks, that concludes this series! From the bottom of my heart, I hope you’ve enjoyed it. Thanks for following me on this journey! (And if you missed any posts, you can just head to my Love: in a Jar page.) I’d love to hear which of these posts you’ve enjoyed the best or replicated, or perhaps other things you’ve done with jars?
Finally, I’d love to extend a HUGE heartfelt thank you to my friends at Fred Meyer for sponsoring this series! Through their generous support, I was able to take this series to a level I wouldn’t have so easily done on my own. So many items featured were purchased from Fred Meyer to complete this series – including jars, bulk food and spices, groceries, Mod Podge, craft supplies, hardware, and more. I would encourage you to consider Fred Meyer for all your crafting needs! (For more, please see my Disclosure Policy.)