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    Easy to make DIY wedding lanterns - Start Recycling Your Jars!

    Start collecting your glass jars and turn them into beautiful wedding decor!

    I made these little lanterns out of recycled jam glasses and a bit of steel wire. It's super easy, takes no time, costs almost nothing and best of all - the lanterns look fabulous!

    You can make lanterns out of almost any old glass jars. I have used jam jars, pasta sauce jars, mustard jars, jars from olives, tomato paste, curry paste etc.

    TIP: I test all the jars I use first so I am sure the heat from a small candle won't brake them.

    This is what you need to make one lantern:
    1) A recycled glass jar (mix & match any jars - it will look amazing)

    2) Steel wire (1 piece to make the lantern handle & 1 piece to make loop that goes around top of lantern – measure is needed)

    3) Beach sand

    4) One small candle or tea light

    DIY wedding lanterns - tutorial on how to!

    This is how you do it:
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    First measure out the length of the steel wire you need for the loop, add an extra 3-4 inches and cut off your first bit of wire.

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    ½ inch in on your wire you make the first small loop. This is one of the two loops the handle will go through later. To get a perfectly round loop I use a pen or something similar to shape my loop with. This way I can get two identical loops for my lantern.

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    Now place the loop on one side of your jar and pull the excess wire half way around the jar so it end exactly opposite your first loop. Make a reference point (bend the wire) as this is where you need to make your second loop for the handle.

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    Now make you second loop like you made the first loop (see image 2)

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    Place the wire around the glass jar and secure the two wire ends by twisting them around each other. Cut off excess wire.

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    Cut off your last piece of wire to the length you want your handle to be in. Shape it as shown on the picture and pull each end of your “handle” through the loops.

    Your lantern is ready and you can now decorate it with ribbon or stickers or something else or you can leave it as it is. To avoid the candles to move around inside the lanterns it’s a good idea to put a little bit of sand at the bottom of the jars.


    This little DIY wedding project becomes easier and easier the more lanterns you make.

    I hope you enjoy making your lanterns.
    Mette Morgan

    Mette Morgan

    Comments

    Lillian-Rose - from2013-06-21 05:28#6
    Hello Mette,
    May I suggest, with your garden lanterns you could use a base of clean White sand or Beach sand, a half inch deep as a base in the jar. Make sure you light-and extinguish the candles wick, then place the candle gently on the sand base. Roll a piece of paper into a tube, the diameter size that will allow glass mosaic beads / cats eye marbles to gently slide down one at a time in place. You need a higher level up the inside wall of the jar, when the candle flickers the light will dance, giving a lovely display. Use a gas stove flick starter to light the candle, or X-long matches, no burnt fingers. Hoping everyone enjoys the party's and light shows. Bye for now. L-R.
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    Hazinra2013-04-25 09:05#5
    Hi there, this is briliant idea , i really love it :)
    Greeting from Malaysia
    http://hazinranamir.blogspot.com
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    Linda Lou2013-04-01 21:49#4
    I plan to just hang different size jars from tree branches coming up our driveway. Either a tea light or a battery tea light, either would work fine. Party time!
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    Back yard dreams2013-02-14 22:05#3
    Great idea! And priced oh so right! I recycle jars all the time for various things, but never thought of the garden lighting it could create. Wonderful!
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    Brooksie Robbins2011-03-14 00:36#2
    Quoting Nicole84:
    I really like this idea. I will start collecting my glass jars from now on. I might also get some bigger ones for larger candles so I can place them around the garden where the wedding party will be. It’s going to look brilliant I’m sure! I will ask my friends to save their large glass jars for me too!

    I was just thinking that too! I am going to facebook it now! I LOVE this idea!
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    Nicole842011-01-07 14:16#1
    I really like this idea. I will start collecting my glass jars from now on. I might also get some bigger ones for larger candles so I can place them around the garden where the wedding party will be. It’s going to look brilliant I’m sure! I will ask my friends to save their large glass jars for me too!
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