Update: If you’re going to turn these into Vintage Blue Jars ala my more recent post, hold off on turning them into lanterns until the very end. You’ll need to heat them in the oven, and since metal gets very hot we don’t want any little paws/hands/curiousness to get burned. So use your judgment and be careful.
Sniffle, Sniffle, Cough, Cough – this little lady has a chest cold. That means I’m home from work today and resting with some water, tissues, more tissues, knitting, cough medicine and of course a RomCom.
This also means updating on the latest happenings between naps. I apologize for the incoherent head cold rambling to follow. I can’t guarantee it will be pretty. Let’s do it.
This last weekend I realized we had about 4 1/2 months until our wedding. I figured I should get started on some of the decorations. One of the things I really loved was the idea of mason jar lanterns. Instead of regular tea light candles though I’ll likely use the battery ones because nothing says romance more than a tree setting on fire during the wedding because of a candle. Plus, the battery ones last a lot longer.
A quick internet search led to a couple different ways to make these. I decided to make the most rustic version of these.
- Mason Pint Jars
- Wire (easily moldable with your hands but still strong)
- Needlenose Pliers
Then, follow these instructions.
I did things a little differently. I actually wrapped the wire by hand, made a loop near one side, wrapped it around to the other side, made another loop and then twisted the two ends together, this way I had two loops to hook the top piece through. I felt like it made them a little more symmetrical.
These cost me a total of $0.00 because I already had the items around. All in all, you can get a dozen of mason jars, needlenose pliers and wire all for around $20.00.
I made about a bunch of these within just a couple hours, it was really easy. My recommendation is to use a finer wire. I used both a thick and thin wire and the thick one was pretty hard to work appropriately.
I can’t wait to hang these up. I’m still not sure if I’ll be lining the tent, or hanging them in the tree but either way they will be a nice accent. I have a few more to make and then onto the next project!
Now time for another nap and some cold medicine.