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Thursday, July 21, 2011

{cracker jar and mason jar lanterns}

I'm kind of obsessed with mason jars.  I use them all the time, for a lot of different things, and I simply cannot get enough!  I absolutely love lanterns made out of mason jars, and I finally made some of my own. Can I tell you how fast and easy they are to make?  You must put this on your to-do list!  

Hang a bunch of them in a tree for fabulous outdoor lighting, put several in different sizes as an outside table centerpiece, or even use them inside on your kitchen table/other table, on the mantel, or even on your kitchen counter. They would also make a darling gift..with a cute little tag (you light up my life or something equally as cheesy :) ) tied around the handle.


I also wanted a lantern larger than even then quart size mason jar, so I used a large cracker jar.  {LOVE} It's perfect by itself, or grouped with the smaller mason jars.  I used a larger candle instead of tea lights, and it's perfect.  (I'm not loving the candle that's in there--it's just the only one I had that size, lol.)
Here's how I did it...

  • wide mouth mason jars, cracker jars ($5 at Walmart)
  • wire cutters
  • 12 gauge jewelry wire
  • tea lights or candles


1.Cut two pieces of wire, approximately the same length. One needs to fit around the mouth of the jar, plus a little extra (approx. 2 inches on each side) to twist.  The other one will be for your handle, so decide how long you want it to be, and then also add a couple inches allowance for twisting. *I purchased the wire at Michaels for about $3.50. It had 3 yards on the spool, and made 4-5 jars--including the large cracker jar.

2.  Wrap the wire around the mouth of the jar, and just twist it enough that it doesn't fall enough--but not too tight. Thread the handle wire through the sides of the first wire, so it looks like this:

3.  Once your handles wires are tucked in as shown above, you can go ahead and tighten the wire around the mouth, twisting it as tight as you can, the looping the wire in circles.  Cut any extra with your wire cutters, and bend the rough edges under.
4.  Once the front wire is tightened, you're ready for the first side of the handle. Loop the wire back up and around the wire, then twist it tightly, finishing the rough edges and extra wire with the wire cutters.

5. Twist the handle around (it should still move) so that the second side now matches up to the front twisted wire.  Loop it around that knot first before twisting it closed--this will connect the two and keep it secure.  It will also reduce the number of knotted wires to 2--one on each side--making it look more uniform.

6.  Place tea lights inside the mason jars.  I used two in the larger quart jar, and one in the pint jar.  The cracker jar can easily hold a small pillar candle. 

Ta-da!  Lovely lanterns perfect for any tablescape!  


P.S. It helps to have long match lighter, instead of just using regular matches and burning your fingers as you try and either reach into the jar to light the candle, or drop it inside without it flipping over. 

Just sayin'. 



Blogger Irishenchantment said...

this is really pretty I Love them!

shel xx

July 21, 2011 at 5:54 AM  
Blogger Mandi @ Southern Gnome said...

I'm in love with mason jars, too. And so funny you mentioned Pinterest in your previous post which I didn't read until after this one. I had just pinned the idea for later and then saw that post. LoL

July 21, 2011 at 6:01 AM  
Blogger Stephanie Mosselman said...

love! i have 50 plus mason jars in my a dozen or so more already decorating my home. this is perfect for outside...maybe even for my upcoming camping trip!!! thanks.

July 21, 2011 at 8:47 AM  
Blogger Sue said...

i love mason jars as well....i have a whole section on Pinterest of just mason jars....I especially love blue jars. I am collecting them. I love your idea of making candles out of them....great idea :)

July 21, 2011 at 9:09 AM  
Blogger Cary said...

I've always loved this idea, but haven't tried it yet myself. Hmmm... I probably need to plan an outdoor evening picnic to get me moving on that! I do canning, so have lots of Mason jars.

July 21, 2011 at 9:18 AM  
Blogger mrs. c said...

I have done this several times at our lake house. One thing I do is put a little sand in the bottom of the jar, just in case some wax melts and spills over. I use my jars for canning and it's tough to get wax out of the bottom, you can put it in the freezer and it hardens up and comes out but I kinda like the sand in the bottom for the effect....sometimes I even put shells in the sand. Thanks for reminding me of this great lighting.

July 21, 2011 at 12:28 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

Soooo pretty, I just need to get an outside table so I can make these to go on it.

July 21, 2011 at 3:36 PM  
Blogger Okio B Designs said...

I just love the look of candles hanging in jars. Thanks for sharing the DIY! I just bought a bunch of canning jars from Ace for $12 (I think it was 12 for 12 in the case) and I have plenty leftover to try my hand at this!


July 21, 2011 at 5:09 PM  
Blogger Sheila said...

Yay! I have been brainstorming for decor at our school fundraiser this fall. I was already planning on doing Mason Jar lanterns in various sizes but your cracker jar idea is awesome & something I probably would not have thought of! Love your ideas! Love your blog! :)

July 21, 2011 at 10:58 PM  
Blogger Theresa said...

I am with you on the mason jars. I always have them on hand for a party, project or gift!

July 28, 2011 at 8:54 PM  
Blogger Jessica Lauren said...

Love these! I featured them as one of my favorite finds for the week over on my blog! Check it out at Copy-Cat-Crafter

July 30, 2011 at 9:07 PM  

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