How to: Make a Candle Lantern

How to: Make a Candle Lantern

Amy Azzarito
Jun 22, 2009

Last week, we gave you 10 New Uses for Old Jars. One of our favorite suggestions of the bunch was the candle lanterns — lighting can make any outdoor space seem more special and candles hanging from the trees is certainly a magical look. Willi Galloway from DigginFood offered to show us how it's done...

We've posted some of the instructions here, but the full how-to and more photos can be found on DigginFood.

2 Supplies —glass jars, 22 — and 24 —gauge wire, small pliers, beads or any embellishments that you might want
3 Grab one piece of the wire a few inches from one end. Then wrap the remaining long piece of wire once around the jar at the base of the mouth. Secure this ring of wire by twisting the short end and the long end together two or three times. You now have one side of the hanger.
4 About 3 inches from the top make a loop about the size of a nickel. Secure the loop by twisting the wires together. At this point, you'll have a lantern that is ready to hang. If you want a plain lantern you can snip off any extra bits of wire sticking out from the loop or the twisted joints. Or, you can add embellishments.
5 Rather than clipping off the extra wire on the hanger, make it decorative by twisting it into curlicues and spirals.

If you want to bring this look inside, check out these Mason Jar Pendant Lamps.

(Images: Willi Galloway)

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