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
- Extra large tea lights
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!
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!