I first made these lanterns two years ago for my wedding. I had seen these hanging mason jar lanterns by Pottery Barn and fell in love with them. However at $7.50 per lantern, I knew I could make my own for much less. In fact, you can probably make about a dozen of these for that price. We had an evening wedding, so we lined the aisle with these and it was just perfect.
They are also perfect for an outdoor party. You can hang them around the yard or place them on the table and not worry about the wind blowing out your candles.
What you'll need:
- mason jar
- wire ~ about 4 feet per jar
- wire cutters
- nail (optional, but highly recommended)
1. Cut the wire in a 4 foot length.
2. Bend the wire in half and wrap around the nail.
Note: I anchored the nail in a random piece of wood I found hanging out beside our shed. The purpose of the nail is to help anchor the wire in place while you're twisting. It also leaves a small loop at the end, which you'll later to wrap it around the jar. I've used tried using other things--- like my toe, with less successful results. And it hurts toes. Use a nail. Trust me. :)
3. Start twisting. . .
4. Keep twisting until just about the end of the wire.
5. Wrap the twisted wire around the jar and thread the end through the little loop the nail created.
6. Tighten the wire around the jar by pulling the threaded end back the opposite direction.
7. To make the handle, bend the wire over the jar and place one of the end under the wire jar rim, like pictured below.
8. Twist the rest of the ends together and bend them up back around the handle. Trim any excess.
Fill it with whatever you like! They would also make cute flower vases.