Hanging Jar Lanterns

Hanging Jar Lanterns are a fun and easy way to add a little light to your garden.


  • assorted sizes and styles of glass jars with a lip
  • fine gage metal wire
  • wire cutters
  • needle nose pliers
  • votive candles


  • Collect small jam jar sized glass jars with a lip just below the top.
  • Next, take a long piece of wire (about 24 inches is good) and bend it around the jar just under the lip so that a ring is formed. With the needle nose pliers twist the wire together close to the jar to secure the ring. When tightening the wire be sure to leave a little give so that you can attach the handle.
  • Hanging Jar Votives
  • Once the ring is created you will have 2 approximately 8 inch long wires originating from the point where the circle is twisted closed.
  • Bend the excess wires over the top of the jar and attach them to the wire ring to create a handle.
  • Place a votive candle inside the jar.
  • Hang it in a tree with sturdy branches, far enough from the end of the branch, so the jar won't slip off in the wind. Light the candles to create a magical effect.
  • Caution should be used with any open flame; do not leave candles burning unsupervised.


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by carterr on January 5, 2013 07:37
I love this idea , but with the lack of rain...I used Mason jars and glued the tops of solar lights to the lids. Then I put reflective glass pebbles in the bottom of the mason jars. I hung them in the trees. At dusk they remind me of fire flies and Tinkerbelle!

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