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Homemade jam jar lanterns – a ‘how to’

Charlie / 12 February 2011

We have spent the last few weekends making jam jar lanterns for our wedding.  I have had friends and colleagues at work saving all their jars for us, Mr Rigg has been busy soaking off all the labels and together we have been attaching wire to make handles.

They are so simple to make, just time consuming!  Especially attaching the wire.  They’re not particularly beautiful, the wire is a bit twisted, but I love the handmade look of them, all that glass and silver wire, and the fantastic shapes and sizes of the jars.

Homemade jam jar lantern ‘How To’

Getting rid of the labels

  • Do them in batches.
  • Rip off the paper.
  • Use hot water and washing up liquid.
  • Leave them to soak for a good amount of time.
  • Use a knife to scrape off stubborn glue.

Turning them from jam jars to lanterns

  • Use thin but sturdy wire that’s easy to bend.
  • Work out the length of wire you need by roughly wrapping it around the rim of the jar and making a loop for a handle.
  • Cut the wire to length.
  • Make a small loop in one end of the wire.
  • Wrap the wire around the rim of the jar and thread it through the loop.
  • Pull tightly and securely.
  • Make the handle loop.
  • Thread the end of the wire under the wire around the rim of the jar.
  • Twist to secure.

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Comments

Inspiration for a back garden movie night hen party with patchwork quilts and homemade popcorn | The Natural Wedding Company blog on 24. August, 2011

[…] A good selection of bottled drinks is a must, and my favourite paper straws and tealights in jam jars… […]

Rustic jam jar lanterns with string and herbs | The Natural Wedding Company blog on 8. September, 2011

[…] around the top of a small jam jar to make a pretty tealight lantern.  I’m a bit obsessed by turning jam jars into lanterns, but for me they work so well on so many […]

Jerry on 16. October, 2012

What do you use for candle fuel?

Charlie

CharlieB on 16. October, 2012

Hi Jerry, I just use tealights so no fuel needed. Just pop a tealight in the bottom of each jar and light it x

Munchkin on 11. November, 2012

Thank you so much, I thought that I won’t get the process without pictures but I visualized the instructions and it’s pretty easy.

DIY Lanterns | Bridesmaid Trade on 6. March, 2013

[…] thenaturalweddingcompany.co.uk has ab easy how-to for making lights out of jars.  You can dress them up with fabric, stamps, and charms. (Image via thesweetestoccasion.com) […]

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