I may have a slight obsession with Mason Jars. My laundry list of uses are endless from using them as drinking cups, salad containers, canning jams or sauces, gifts with baked goodies, candle holders etc. When we host parties, we use them all the time. Having a huge steel tub of ice with pre-filled Mason Jars = happy guests. No one has to do crazy bar-tending duties this way…and bonus, it looks pretty.
We’re in the middle of making our backyard an oasis right now. And, so far, so good! The gazebo is all set up on the deck, and the patio furniture is all out. But, I needed some accents to pretty it up. So, I hit up Home Sense (love this store) and I picked up a few great decor items. Blog post on that to come. Anyhow, I felt like there was a little something missing. Some ambience if you will!? I was also itching for a project, and I found the perfect one. What’s better than sitting by candlelight outside at night – um NOTHING! Enter my project, DIY Mason Jar Hanging Lanterns. And for the record, it was easy, inexpensive, and painless!
If you need convincing that you should make these before cruising this tutorial….check out how pretty it makes the backyard.
I had the basics kicking around of what I needed to get this project going – Mason Jars. All I had to buy was some gauge wire to make these, and chain link to hang them. Actually Chris went out and bought the supplies for me. He’d jump at the chance to hit up Home Depot or Rona ANYTIME. In the end, the project only cost about $15.00 total.
To start you will need:
gauge wire (I used 18) • wire cutters • pliers • a Mason Jar
Cut your wire approximately 2 feet long. Take the wire and make a loop right in the centre. I like to use a pencil or pen to loop around. Once you make the loop, continue to wrap the wire around the base of the loop 3-4 times tightly. Take the pliers and squeeze them together.
Grab your Mason Jar, and wrap the open ends of the wire around the lowest groove of the jar with the loop to one side. Once wrapped around the jar, wrap one end of the wire around the other 3-4 times in a tight coil. Squeeze with the pliers.
Clip the wire that was used to create the coils. Use the pliers to smooth down the cut wire if it’s poking out. Take the remaining wire and bend it over the Mason Jar to create the handle of the lantern by threading the wire through the loop and bending it upwards.
BOOM! You have your Mason Jar all ready for a candle, and ready to hang! I made about 11 of these in about 30 minutes. They add extra coziness to the backyard, and for an inexpensive AND easy DIY project, it’s amazing lighting once the sunsets.
In the end I’m pretty happy with the result. For a project that adds extra lighting, is easy, and the best part – inexpensive, I’d say it’s worth a shot. As a side note, I may be pretty biased, but the jar has a pretty awesome name.