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Make These Simple Candle Lanterns (Sorry, Pottery Barn...)

4/5/2011 12:00:00 AM

Tags: diy projects, diy decor, candles, lanterns, diy lighting

Robyn Griggs Lawrence thumbnailI have too much stuff, and I’m working hard this week to eliminate. (Really, my mom’s annual visit later this month has nothing to do with this.) As I go through my cabinets and closets, though, I often find that I haven’t used some things because they’re misfiled.

I’ve amassed a sizeable collection of old Mason and Ball jars. (I can’t resist them, especially when I find them for as little as $1 in out-of-the-way junk stores.) The jars take up a full shelf in my kitchen, and they sit gathering dust for the most part. Not anymore! I found this simple little project on one of my favorite sites, My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia: Inspired Living on a Budget, which is a gold mine for DIY projects, organizing tips and inspiration—exactly what I need right now. This one comes to Uncommon Slice of Suburbia via Domestically-Speaking, another awesome DIY source.

These are a knock off of Pottery Barn’s candle lanterns, which retail for $7.50 each. All I need is some sand, 15-gauge aluminum wire, tea light candles and jars. (I’m considering substituting broken glass mulch for the sand in a few jars.) My jars get a new home on the patio, my patio gets a little ambience, I get an empty shelf—and I get to keep and appreciate my funky jars.

 pb knockoff 

Pottery Barn’s candle lanterns provided the inspiration for this project. To make your own, simply twist 2 strands of 15-gauge aluminum wire together, wrap around the jar’s neck and fashion into a handle. Fill the bottom third of the jar with sand and add a tea light. (Detailed instructions are below.) Photo courtesy of Pottery Barn 

pb knockoff shells 

 The homemade version is a little more rustic--which gives it charm. Instead of candles, you can fill the hanging jars with anything you think is pretty. Photo courtesy of Domestically Speaking 

Materials and Tools 


15-Gauge Aluminum Wire

Wire Cutter

Needle-Nose Pliers


1. Wrap wire around the jar's neck and triple it. Cut with a wire cutter.

2. Fold wire in half, making ends meet. Twist the wires together, leaving a small part untwisted where the wire was bent.

3. Wrap wire around the jar, connecting the ends. Twist the other end into a second loop.

4. Decide how long you want the handle to be. Double that length and add a couple inches.

5. Bend handle wire in half and put through one of the loops. Twist this wire, then put the end of your looped handle through it and twist with pliers until snug.

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