Create Glass Lanterns for the Backyard
Add pizzazz to a summer patio with hanging lanterns. Suspended from shepherd's hooks, these easy, inexpensive candleholders will add sparkle to the garden by day and illuminate a pathway by night.
- wide-mouth jars, Mason or other
- 18-gauge wire
- sea glass or small stones
- LED flickering tea light candle
- small glass votive holder
Step 1: Place Votive Holder in Jar
Insert a small glass votive holder into the center of a wide-mouth jar. (When choosing jars, make sure they all have wide enough mouths to fit most of your hand down into.)
Step 2: Add Sea Glass or Colorful Stones
Gently place sea glass or stones around the glass votive holder. Make sure the votive holder stays in the center of the jar.
Step 3: Add a Tea Light
Place a flickering LED light into the glass votive holder. To conserve battery power, tea lights can be turned off when they're not in use.
Step 4: Wrap the Wire
Wrap 18-gauge wire around the top of the jar, just under the bottom lip, twice. About 18 inches of wire should do the trick, depending on the size of the jar.
Step 5: Make a Knot
Take the shorter, loose end of the wire and tie a knot on the right side of the jar. Leave about 3 inches of wire hanging freely out to the side.
Step 6: Wind the Short End of Wire
Wrap the shorter, loose end of the wire around the long end several times.
Step 7: Create Handle
Take the long end of the wire and wrap it under both wires on the left side of the jar.
Step 8: Wind the Wire
Repeat the process described in step 7 on the left side of the jar, leaving about 3 inches of wire hanging out to the side. Use scissors to cut the wire if it's too long.
Step 9: Curl the Ends
Using a pencil, wrap the straight, loose ends of the handle to create a curlicue on each side of the jar.