How to Make Lanterns Out of Old Jars

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Step 1: Wash and dry
Wash glass jars in hot, soapy water and let them air dry.

Step 2: Make templates
Cut templates out of poster board in decorative shapes such as stars, half-moons, or hearts. Or buy ready-made templates from craft stores.

Step 3: Cut out shapes
Use the templates to outline the shapes on the nonsticky side of removable adhesive paper, and then cut them out.

Step 4: Decorate the jars
Stick your designs onto the outside of the jars.

Step 5: Spray them
Coat the outside of the jars evenly with glass-frosting spray. Let them dry completely. Then, remove the adhesive-paper designs.

Step 6: Add candles
Put a votive candle or tea light inside each jar.

Nestle the candle in sand or sea salt to keep it stationary.

Step 7: Measure wire for handle
To make hanging lanterns, take a piece of strong wire and measure how much you need for a handle by wrapping the wire around the mouth of the jar, looping it over the top of the jar, and bringing it back down to the mouth of the jar. Clip with wire cutters. Create a small, open-ended loop on each end of the wire with pliers.

Wire hangers work just fine.

Step 8: Make the handle
Wrap one end of the wire around the jar’s mouth, securing it by slipping the loop around the wire and tightening it with pliers. Take the free end of wire, and bend it into an inverted U to make a handle. Secure the end by wrapping the other loop around the wire at the jar opening.

Step 9: Enjoy!
Enjoy the beautiful outdoor lighting your homemade lanterns provide.

Did You Know?
One of China’s most popular winter attractions is the annual Ice Lantern Festival in the north, near Siberia.

23 Replies to “How to Make Lanterns Out of Old Jars”

  1. Thank you so much for this video. That's exactly what i was looking for. I just want to ask id you can do a tutorial how to use wire and make knots. for lanterns or any type of work , i could not see clear that part on here. Thank you 🙂

  2. Instead of using sand to to keep the candle stable, you can use small rocks, dried beans, etc. I used a mixture of dried beans, it has earth tone colors & it looked rlly nice.

  3. Wow I miss the good howcast vids like this one that make you feel good for some reason. Not the new 'puberty in teens' and 'how to look good in highschool'

  4. Perfect, I knew my baby's purity jars would come in handy. Love the idea of frost spray vs sand blasting (not sure we get frost spray in South Africa, must scout craft shops) I found florist wire easier to work with – the end result is the same. Thanks for the share and to the point tutorial.

  5. LOve this!!! Thank you. This idea could be used to light a walk way on Halloween, or use for out door party at night. I enjoy making crafts, but I am not very creative. Love simple how tos like this vid.

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