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DIY Mason Jar Lanterns


Alright my friends.  It's time for another entry on the many uses of mason jars.  If you missed the last one, you can view it here.  As previously discussed, I LOVE mason jars.  Not just because they are cute and remind me of simpler times, but because you can do so many things with them.  For instance, using them to create hanging lanterns for a fraction of the price you'd pay for ones at Pottery Barn.




The weather is warmer and that means it's time to take life outside!  A good way to add a little charm and glow to your next soiree is by making these easy DIY lanterns and hanging them all along your outdoor space.  I loved this idea so much that I even used it at my wedding, hanging the lanterns from shepherd hooks to create a path to the reception site.




If you can't find a group of mason jars, you can also use small vases (check out the Dollar Tree).  Just make sure they have a lip on them to hold the wire.  I was going to write out a tutorial, but then I found one already done for me here.  And since I'm busy getting ready for Jon's parent's to come in town, I think that will do :) 

As far as materials go, here is all you need:
Mason jars or vases
Wire
Wire cutters
Candles
Sand or crystal filler (optional) 

Before you know it, you could have a glowing backyard just like this!
via Martha Stewart

And for all of you lucky enough to have a pool....


via Colin Cowie

Have a great weekend everyone!
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