Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Mason Jar Lantern Tutorial


This super simple mason jar lantern was made for my daughters birthday party.  There will be more on the party later, but for now, I wanted to show you how to make these adorable lanterns!  They are actually really simple and it took Cyan and I about a half hour to make 6 of them. 

What you need:

  • Metal Awl
  • Metal wire (I just used thick craft wire)
  • hot glue gun (with glue)
  • wire cutters
  • Wide mouth mason jars (I used pints, but any wide mouth jar will do.)
  • Wide mouth mason jar rings
  • rice (for candle stabilizer)
  • burlap fabric
  • ribbon
  • Extra large tea lights

How to:

1. First I punched two holes in the mason jar ring with the metal awl.


2. You don’t need to use a hammer for this bit…. just the pressure of your hand works just fine.  I punched one through one side and then eyeballed the other side and punched it through as close to directly across as I could.


3. Then I measured out 10.5 inches of craft wire and cut that with my wire cutters. 


4. I bent the very ends of the wire and stuck that through the holes in the jar ring.  Then I put a dab of hot glue on the inside of the ring and pressed the wire into it until it was hard.


5. Then I screwed the ring back onto the jar.  That was it!

To decorate:

I measured out a piece of burlap fabric 2.5 inches by 10.5 inches.  I cut it so that it was going with the grain of the fabric.  I pulled a few of the threads out to make a frilled edge on the top and bottom and wrapped the burlap around the jar, securing with a touch of hot glue (which will come right off the jar so the only sacrifice for this craft is the rings).


I tied a piece of pretty ribbon around the outside, filled the jar with 1/2 cup of rice, added a extra large tea light and was done!


Happy Crafting!



Tracey said...

EAsy and cute.. my kind of craft!!!

Luisa said...

Very cute!

c.w.frosting said...

Pretty & simple! The ribbon reminds me of swiss dot fabric.

-caroline @ c.w.frosting

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