I've found that these handmade lanterns can be styled in a variety of ways! They can be indoor or out, hanging or sitting, single or clustered, embellished or simple... used at home, as a gift to a friend or as bridal shower center pieces :) Plus-- they're practically free to make because you'll use mostly recycled supplies. Hope you'll make yourself a set too :)
• 3-5 small jars with a threaded mouth
• picture hanging wire (18 - 20 gauge works well)
• wire cutters
• tealight candles
• metal charms
• jump rings (for connecting charms)
First, we'll create a basic lantern. After that, extra pretty lanterns :)
Step 1/ To begin, remove the jar lids and clean off any labels or glue from the jars.
Step 3/ Before you begin wrapping, give yourself an excess wire 'tail' like the image above.
Step 4/ Wrap the wire around your jars mouth twice, then twist the 'tails' like a twist tie, securing the wrapped wire to the jar tightly (do not cut your wire yet).
Step 5/ Now we're going to create a handle with the long remaining wire. Lace the long wire under a piece wrapped around the mouth. Since it's wrapped tightly, it works best to poke it through the gap behind your 'twist tie' joint from the step 4.
Tip: Since the jar will probably be holding/hanging a lit flame, I always test the handle strength by pulling both sides, making sure it holds strong.
Once you've got the basic method down, try adding a few extra details to your next lantern! Check out the tips below...
Choose a pretty colored tealight (real or battery operated for safety) and dream of where you'll hang or sit your lanterns! xo! LA