DIY: Lantern Jars

June 4, 2014
Today, I bring you with my first DIY blog post!

My sister is having a bridal shower and I'm helping her out with the giveaways, decorations, and basically everything related to crafting. Trying to grasp the idea of what she'd plan to giveaway, since she didn't give me any specifics except for a shopping list. In the end I finally understood what my sister was getting at with her idea for her party favors. Lantern jars. It was super fun to make, and they look really cute.

Here's what you'll need:

Pliers, wires, a jar, and a candle.
*Please take care when handling the wire and pliers, we don't want to poke anyones eye out*



1. Firstly, you'll want to measure how much wire you'll be using by wrapping the wire around the top of the jar once. Make a mark on the wire that is directly parallel to the first end of the wire by bending it a little. (The wire I used is quite soft so it was easier for me to bend) 


2. Next, you'll want to make a twist on the first end of the wire. You can use a pencil to help you make a circle and begin twisting. 
3. Do the same with the side of the wire you marked, but make sure your twists are directly parallel to each other.


4. Now start wrapping the wire around the jar, and twisting once over the circular twist you made on each side of the jar to secure the wire. Tightly wrap the wire around the jar twice to fully secure it.

It should look like this


Now it's time to do the handle of the lantern. 
5. Begin by looping the end of the wire into the circular twist that you made, and start to twist and twist again.


6. Measure and estimate how long you want your handle to be. Leave some excess wire because you'll be looping and twisting over here too. Then cut, loop the end of the wire into the circular twist again and again begin to twist and secure. And you're done! 

You can customize your lantern in anyway you like. We stuck with the purple theme and bought a lavender scented candle to match. 

I hope you guys have as much fun as I did while making this lantern jar. 
Again, take care when doing this project, and keep a first aid kit near by just encase. 

Have a great day everyone!

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