Friday, November 28, 2014

DYI Easy Ball Jar Lanterns

Thanksgiving is over - so now it's officially
Christmas Season!

I thought I'd start it off sharing an easy DYI project to 
 to your holiday season!


          What you need:

         *Wire cutters
         *Short sheperd's hooks
         *Economy Store cheap wire garland
         *Bag of red aquarium stones
         *Economy Store short white pillar candles
         *Extra tall/large canning jars 
          (I found mine at True Value Hardware)

Cut small sections to tightly wrap around the mouth of the jar using your wire cutters. I think mine were 5 or 6 inches - just eyeball it then cut the remainder the same length. Wrap around super securely. Then cut about a foot length and secure each end to either side to make a "handle."

Pour your stones in bottom, place candle on top.

Hang them, and then any leftover garland may be used as the "fence" portion linking them all together.

I usually detest super chintzy garland, but it really works better than the heavier wider ones in this case. Perhaps you could use the cheap garland for the handles portion and then use better fluffier (or even REAL) garland for the "fence" part - though they may not match. Always worth a try.

I burned candles twice last year - once for my annual Christmas Cookie Exchange party and then again for Christmas Eve. Change up the color of the stones after Christmas - light blue or grey/silver for New Year's Eve works nicely - adds a little more festive flair to your entertaining.

When your candles have cooled/hardened put the lids on the jars to 
keep out the snow until next time you use them, if you use your lanterns more than once. 

For safety use only the extra tall jars when burning pillar candles. 
If you choose to use a tea light shorter jars would work - but be sure to keep the flame as far away from the flammable garland as possible.


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  1. What a cute idea, I love how they look lit up! Thanks for sharing, have a happy weekend!

  2. So cool! I have to get started on my outside decorations. It is after thanksgiving. 😀

  3. Super idea... I love it and will certainly be thinking of you when I lit up the jars on the snowy Christmas path... You're soooo creative... Hugs

  4. Oh, I like that idea! Your home looks lovely and so festive!

  5. Oh Michele, these are so pretty! I just love the red stones. Hugs to you, sweet lady!

  6. Very pretty, Michele. I love the way they look lining the walkway. I've got my tree together and now need to work on decorating it. Once I get that done, I'll get the other decorations out. I think I'm going to stay pretty simple this year, though.

  7. Love these! Great idea with the red rocks! I would love if you would share this at my blog party, Celebrate It! It is all about celebrating our wonderful everyday lives!

  8. Your walkway looks very festive, Michele, and it's such a cute idea!

  9. I am loving your jar candles...looks so so good. Thanks for the cute idea.

  10. Michele, these looks wonderful. I hope you will share them with us at Pink Saturday.♥

  11. I love it ! Red aquarium stones made them look so christmasy!

    I would love if you share your jars with my Big Christmas Link Party ! :)


  12. This makes such a welcoming entrance to your home. Great idea Michele, looks lovely!

  13. What a great idea, Michele! Thanks for the tutorial!

  14. I love these! I love how they glow against the snow! You're truly the smartest one! Hope you had a good Thanksgiving.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  15. Well how fun is this? And pretty too. Love the snow! If it's December, and there are no Ball jars, is it still Christmas? (*smile*} Golly, I have to go have a look at the party! I hope all is well with you dearie!

  16. Love it!!! Stoppin by from Christmas in the Country...and these jars are just perfect.


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