It is my favorite time of the month. Yes it is the International Bloggers Club Challenge. For those of you who are here for the first time, this is a monthly challenge that I participate in with my blogger friends who live all over the world. We meet up each month to compare notes and see how we do things in our corner of the world. Last month we did projects with tin cans and the month before we created outdoor projects.
This month we're doing crafts with household items. In my case I have chosen jars.
Here in Greece almost everything comes in jars. I have lots left over from the tons of honey I buy and from marmalade and jams. I mostly use them for storage but I wanted to do something a little different for this month's challenge.
What I used for this project:
The How - To
With the pliers, take one end of the wire and make a loop. This should be about half an inch.
It should look like a small hook. Kindly ignore my paint splattered hands. I had been doing a little painting beforehand and in my excitement to finish this project... well, a little paint wasn't gonna stop me.
Form a circle with the wire and passed it through the hook. The hook should then be closed up with the pliers.
The wire circle will then be snuggly placed on the outer rim of the jar like this.
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Once you have pulled the wire so that the wire circle is tightly fitted on the outer rim, take your pliers and pull the free end of the wire in the opposite direction. You can then form another circle around the outer rim.
From above we can see the second circle of the wire going in the opposite direction from the first.
Once you have completed the second circle, pass the free end of the wire through the loop. Pull it upwards to create a handle that will come back down on the other side of the jar rim.
The free wire end will be looped downwards and secured on the opposite end of the jar rim. Make a final hook to secure it onto the wires and you are done.
And these are my two lanterns. I did not worry so much about the wire looking perfect. Because as you all know by now "Perfection is Overrated!"
The final step was to add a layer of pebbles and then top it off with a tea light.
These can be hung...
... or they can be placed on a surface. The choice is yours.
I had also made another lantern with tea lights which had quite a different look.
I think these soft pebbles look great next to the driftwood. Another option would be to use sand for the bottom layer.
I painted my tea lights in a color to coordinate with the stones. It is a simple and pretty detail that literally takes 5 seconds to do but it gives a nice overall look.
Soon I'll be showing you where I have placed these lantern jars on my balcony. And why my fingers were colored blue.
I hope you have enjoyed this simple how to of repurposing jars into tea light lanterns. They make a great addition to any outdoor space. Do you repurpose old jars?
And now hop on over to visit my four friends who are also sharing their household items projects. Simply click on the images below my name. If you'd like to see more past challenges click here.
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I'm Mary and I recently moved to New York from beautiful Greece. I like to re-purpose and up-cycle anything that is old or looks like junk. Join me as we use our creativity to spark some life into old things. And do it frugally! You will also see lots of photography of my Greece and New York.
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