Check out these fabulous Hanging Jar Lanterns! It seems everyone (including me) are all a craze with mason jar projects right now! Here is a fun DIY project perfect for creating home decor, decorating for an outdoor party or wedding.
Pint Size Mason Jars
26″ of 16-18 gauge wire (copper, brass or craft) — per jar
Needle or round nose pliers
The first thing you need to do is cut 2 pieces of copper wire, 13 inches each. Make a “P” shape on one end.
Take the wire and bend it to fit the shape of the jar. Start about half way around from where your hand is holding one side, bend and shape the wire to fit. When your wire reaches the other side (the half way point), bend the wire away from the jar. Cut the wire about 1/2″ from the bend. and form another “P” (see photos below to see how this looks).
Repeat this step and make a second one. Hook one end of one wire onto the other. Wrap the wires around the mouth of the jar and hook each of the other ends together to form a circle of wire around thForm another “P” at the other end of the wire — just don’t close it completely, so that you can hook it through the original “P” made in step 1 above.
Connect the two “P” shapes together and then begin forming the shape of the remaining piece of wire. When you get to the opposite side of the jar, bend the wire upwards. Create a “P” shape, connecting the piece to the previously made wire piece. Close up the last “P” and now your two pieces should be securely connected to the jar, creating the main “frame” of the lantern hanger.
Next with the second piece of 13 inch copper wire. Create a “P” shape. Leave it slightly open and put it through the previously made lantern hanger loop. Close up the “P” shape and gently pull the copper wire upwards to create the size and shape of handle you would like.
Going through the opposite side loop created on the lantern hanger frame, create the last “P” shape. This will complete the lantern hanger.
Fill the jar with stones, leaves, tea lights, candles or whatever works with your theme. Hang on a tree branch, with clear wire or use as a centerpiece on a table.