Summer is the time for outdoor entertaining and hanging jar lanterns are a lovely way to light up the patio or yard! I think they would even be a pretty and frugal decoration for an evening wedding. These are very easy to make and can be used as hanging lanterns or sitting on table. You can hang them in a cluster or by themselves. These DIY Hanging Lanterns are so versatile!
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Whether you are entertaining or just want to dress up your outdoor seating areas, painting your mason or other types of jars is a simple and inexpensive way to add a punch of color and personal style. Choose colors to celebrate your favorite sports team, you current decor, or a holiday-red, white, and blue dots or stripes would be a wonderful understated 4th of July decoration.
DIY Hanging Jar Lantern
1. Wipe the outside of your jar down well with a pad soaked in alcohol, this will help remove oils, dirt, and fingerprints. Let dry.
2. Decide on a pattern, you can either freehand a simple design like polka dots or do a more elaborate pattern. If you’re nervous about free handing with paint you can draw out your design with a dry erase marker.
3. For polka dots I dipped q tips in one paint color, and dotted the jar all around then continued with each of my other color choices until it was as full as I liked.
4. Allow to dry completely.
5. Spray OUTSIDE with 2-3 coats clear sealant, dry overnight.
6. Add 1”-1 ½” of playing sand to hold your tea light in place.
7.Wrap just under thread of jar 2-3 times with a long length of twine, leaving long ends out on opposite sides-pull tight. Tie each end into a secure knot on the wrapped threads.
Pull up ends and tie together for hanging.
Make one or a dozen to hang around the yard, porch, or patio. I think they would be beautiful hanging from the trees!
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About Jody: I am a Florida girl through and through living the semi-country, small town life. I am making my way through it with my amazing hubby, 2 beautiful kids, 2 of the best Dachshunds to ever walk the face of the earth, massive amounts of coffee and a whole lot of Jesus. I homeschool, craft, cook, scrapbook, garden, raid the thrift shops, snap 1,000’s of photos, and read when I can grab a spare minute (which is rare). You can find me blogging at Simply Southern Sunshine.
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