Monday, May 9, 2011

Sweet Jar Lanterns - Simple Tutorial

Longer days, warmer weather, everything is perfect for the lovely, summer outdoors. After working on a candle catalogue production these last couple of days, I came up with an easy DIY project to share in Casa Haus. Being such a lighting fan (especially candle lighting), I've been pretty busy coming up with this easy tutorial.
 I hope you enjoy it!


I love this DIY because it is really easy, and it's just as good for both home and party decor. Plus, it's eco-friendly. Win-win situation here!

So let's start, shall we?

Here's what you'll need:
  • Clean and empty jars.
  • Tea or votive candles.
  • Metal wire (mine was 24 gage)
  • Wire cutters
Cut 1 yard of wire and wrap it under the lip, forming a tight ring.


 Twist the wire together to close the ring.


Twist all your way up.

Bend the twisted wire over the top forming a handle.
Carefully introduce the wire's tip into the opposite side of the ring. This is a little tricky, since the ring must be tight, but be patient!

Bend the wire up and twist some more to finish.

This is an extra step, but it's totally worth it. Hotglue flowers or foliage (artificial works just as good).


That's it! Now just place the tea candle inside, and hang them around.  I love the way they look in my parents' garden.


Enjoy your week!

**update**

For those of you coming from Kate's Spring/Summer link party,
welcome!
I hope you enjoy it around Casa Haus!!!

4 comments:

Kevin said...

Love it. Seems you could also create a bed of the same flowers within the jar for the candle to rest on too. Not too many though. Actually...it would be tempting to snake the stem of the flower from within the jar, to the opening, and once around the lip of the jar as you've designed.

Okay...I think I'm going to have to draw that. Regardless, thanks for the inspiration! As usual.

Judy said...

That's really so clever. It looks so beautiful. I found you over at Centsational Girl's party. I am your latest follower. I would love for you to come and check out my blog and follow me back at www.diybydesign.blogspot.com. Thanks so much.

GLENDA CHILDERS said...

I just won 6 antique jars in a giveaway. And you have given me a great idea.

I am popping over from the party.

Fondly,
Glenda (#206)

Gg - Notes on the Journey

Sanghamitra Bhattacherjee(Mukherjee) said...

Lovely post! It's really clever :)
Stunning shots too..! Hope to see you on my blog.

Sanghamitra.
http://rainbow-thecoloursofindia.blogspot.com

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