Monday, July 26, 2010

Mason Jar Possibilities

I recently returned from a youth camp where I was in charge of teaching several young women a new craft each day we were there. I wanted to choose something relatively easy and that the girls would want to hold onto even after camp was over. I decided to make these clever and ever so useful mason jar lanterns. The girls loved them and they used them each night as they found their way though the woods. They would also use the light to read by or write in their journals at night. I let them wrap the wire how they pleased and told them there was no wrong way to do it. It was fun to see the different results when given their freedom! As long as the wire was secure and the opening was not covered, they were good to go! Inspiration was pulled from here.
P.S. These are also really cute when filled with a little water and some flowers!

Materials you will need:
-Empty Canning Jar
-20 gage wire
-wire cutters
-needle nose pliers
-tea light candle


Here are some other great ideas of how to transform your old canning jars into a DIY project!

Full tutorial for antique soap dispenser found at Heather Bullard. The antique glass and zinc lid is so pretty!

I little dirt never hurt! Transform your jar into a terrarium with a tutorial by Craftzine.

Cool off this summer with these jars-turned-glasses! Photo and info found on

Lori Marie is the definition of clever! Glitter Globe tutorial found at Pretty Little Things.

Turn your canning jar into a pie for one! Tutorial found at Little Birdie Secrets. My secret is that I would eat it all in one sitting!

Organize your office or art space! Reclaimed wood, a canning jar and metal fasteners from a home improvement store is all you need to make this handy wall caddy! 

This is a similar concept with another useful purpose. You can purchase this adorable rack from Etsy seller Old New Again.

Keep your supplies handy for your next sewing project! Tutorial by Martha Stewart.

Shed some light on the subject with this pendant light tutorial from Design Sponge.


C'est La Vie said...

oh i love these...i just found you and i'm so excited about it

Susan said...

What a creative lady you are. I cannot believe the wonderful things you have created out of canning jars. Abosoltely fantastic.
Thank you so much for letting me visit.

all albout health said...

yeah that's wonderful

elsabags said...

love them all but my fav's are the glitter globe & the lights!

Deb said...

Old Mason jars are something I have sort of collected and admired for years. I love these ideas you share here!


Related Posts with Thumbnails