I love canning jars. Don’t you?
Canning jars are so versatile:
- whether you actually can and preserve food
- store screws in the garage
- store cotton balls in the bathroom
- or use one as a pencil holder, in the office
…the ideas (and inspiration) for using canning jars are endless.
A quick search in pinterest will support my theory 🙂
While researching and looking for inspiration for this DIY series, I ran across several super cute canning jar lanterns on Pinterest. This one from addicted2diy.com is my favorite and I knew I just had to replicate this cute project.
Another great kid friendly craft and perfect for repurposing old or used canning jars. Don’t feel like you have to use all the same size.
The jars I used to make my lanterns were previously used as a wedding table decoration and the jars had candle wax in the bottom. Since I was going to use this as a latern I wasn’t too concerned about the wax.
As you make these, keep in mind how you can transform canning jars for other holidays. I’d love to be inspired by your ideas too. (tweet using #tth4thofJuly or #tthcanningjarcrafts)
Easter, Halloween and Valentine…Oh Boy! so many holiday ideas so little time.
- (3) jars – any size (…and if you don’t have a canning jar, try other jars like jelly jars, coffee jars, baby food jars, or even old glasses – be creative and shop in your cabinets)
- Painters tape
- Glass paint
- Star stickers (or make your own using blue painter’s tape)
- Makeup sponges or sponge paint brushes
- (3) tea light candles or battery operated Christmas lights
- Scrap fibers, fabric or twine
- Clean the glass jars, I wiped mine down with vinegar to remove any oils, dust and residue (they’ve been sitting in the garage for a few months)
- Tape off the red and white stripes on two of the jars. (I didn’t want the stripes to have a straight edge. I tore the tape lengthwise to remove the “straight” edge of the tape)
- Place stars all over the third jar. (I made my stars from blue painters tape)
- Hand draw the stars directly on the tape
- Cut out the stars
- Sponge on the red paint, let dry
- Sponge on the blue paint, let dry
- Add a second coat of paint as necessary, let dry
- Add painter’s tape (over the red paint) to protect the red stripe when painting the white paint
- Paint the white paint with a sponge brush, let dry. For a rustic, uneven line so I just free handed the white paint
- Add a second coat if necessary, let dry
- Remove the stars
- Remove the painters tape
Idea: If you didn’t use a star sticker, sponge paint or stamp the stars
- Add splatter dots
- Dip an old toothbrush into white/ivory paint
- With the brush close to your project, run your finger through the bristles to create a splatter pattern
- Rotate jar, repeat
Tip: Practice a few times on paper to make sure you won’t get big “globs” of paint
- Cure the paint following the manufacturer directions
- Add fiber or twine to the lip of the jar
- Make and take as a hostess gift to take to the neighborhood BBQ
- Use the jars to decorate your picnic table to hold the silver (plastic) ware
- Add wire wrap and a handle to create a hanging lantern
- Turn the jars into vases and add some fresh flowers. (e.g. daisies, sunflowers, or hydrangeas …just use what you have in your garden)
- Put in the bathroom for decorative storage (e.g. toothbrush, cotton balls, etc.)
- Add battery operated string lights to each jar to create a candle free lantern
As I was proof reading this blog post, another idea came to mind. Wouldn’t these be super cute but adding a pump for Mayo, Ketchup, and Mustard)…Now to scour the internet looking for the right pumps!
I have really enjoyed making all these projects and bringing them to you.
I hope you have enjoyed making them too.
Don’t forget to share all the projects with your friends. Here’s a quick reference list.
- Series #1 Patriotic Word Printable post
- Series #2 Wooden blocks with Inspirational Patirotic Words and Phrases
- Series #3 Framed bunting image + mini cards printable
- Series #4 Wooden Stars
- Series #5 Patriotic Printables
- Series #6 Palette Wood Flag
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