With Spring finally here I have been very busy with projects and plans for my outdoor spaces and garden. You should see a whole array of projects during the month of April on the blog. The first are these beautiful painted mason jars I turned into hanging lanterns.
Our family enjoys having meals in the evening in our screened porch room. On a good day I may even eat all three meals out there and even work at the table so I can enjoy the sunshine as much as possible. It is easy to guess that it is our favorite room in the house during the warmer months.
Last year I added a string of decorative lights above since the lights from the ceiling fan are just too harsh for casual dining and sitting. This year I wanted to add even more decorative lights that I could move around the room to change the mood of the space as needed.
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Painted Mason Jar Hanging Lanterns
For this project you will need:
- Pint Sized Mason Jars
- Tacky Glue
- Tubes of Food Coloring
- Craft Paint Brushes
- Assorted Acrylic Paints
- Coiled Floral Wire
- Battery Operated String Lights
I wanted the mason jar lanterns to look like stained glass so I first painted the outside of them with a mixture of the tacky glue and food coloring. This can be a messy job so definitely allow it to dry overnight.
The next day you will have these beautiful colorful jars that are great for letting the lights shine through and they look like stained glass. At this point you can add the coiled floral wire around the top to create a hanger and call it done – OR – you can paint any decorative artwork on it to give it more personality and charm.
I decided to give mine some one of a kind painted flowers, ladybugs, and even dog paws (I am very much a dog person). Each of these I painted free-hand, with maybe a few little mistakes, but you can opt for stencils or any other way to add the designs you like. I think even sayings or quotes would be fun, but I didn’t think about that when I was working on them. Maybe next time…
When I priced string lights at other stores, the prices ranged from $5 – $9 for just one strand. Instead, I found these adorable mini solo cup lights for only $1 at The Dollar Tree. They may only have five lights on each strand but I was able to get a strand for all eight jars for less than what it would have cost me to purchase one strand at any other store. I like that price tag much better.
The hangers were easy to make out of the coiled floral wire by twisting one length of wire around the ring of the jar, and then looping a second length of wire through the first one.
A few of them I didn’t hang up but just let them sit on the window sills. I think these will become one of my favorite mason jar crafts so far. I just love how they look all lit up.
“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” 1 Timothy 4:7