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DIY Hanging Mason Jar Lights

Everyone loves the magical vibe of hanging mason jar lights. I decided to make my own since I needed a ton of them. 

DIY Hanging Mason Jar Lantern hanging from the shepherd's hook in the yard at night

DIY Hanging Mason Jar Lights Lantern

How to Make Wire Handles for Mason Jar Lanterns

You can make these adorable mason jar lights for almost free using items you have on hand. I had a ton of jars in my recycle bin that would be perfect for jar lanterns. I cleaned the recycle jars and then removed the labels.

 

 

Recycle Jars For Hanging Jar Lanterns

Recycle Jars For Hanging Jar Lanterns

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To remove the glue left behind from the label, I found this product worked like magic. 

Supplies to Make Jar Lights

 

What types of jars can be used for mason jar lights?

I recommend using smaller jars since they are lighter and easier to work with. Jam jars to salsa jars and everything in between will work for hanging jar lanterns.

 

Wire Jar Handle Supplies

Wire Jar Handle Supplies

The First Step Making Hanging Jars Holder

To determine the length of wire needed, you need to measure the area where you want to add the wire hanger using a measuring tape (which I used). 

Then add three inches to that measurement for the exact length to cut your wire. 

 

Measuring the jar

Measuring the jar

Form your cut wire into a large circle.

Curl under both of the wire ends. Being careful to curl one away and one towards the circle.

Curl Ends of Wire

Curl the Ends of Wire

Once I placed the wire circle on the jar, I used pliers and squeezed the two end wires together.

Center wire ring around the jar lantern

Center wire ring around the jar lantern

Next, I centered the wire around the jar using the wire ends as my center point.

Then I started to bend the wire into even loops on both sides of the jar, carefully distributing the extra wire. 

I used a nail (these are the ones I used) in both loops. 

Insert Large Nails in Wire loops

Insert Large Nails in Wire loops

Holding both nails, I turned them in opposite directions keeping equal pressure on both sides. 

Twisting the wire loops with the nail

Twisting the wire loops with the nail

Once you wrap the wire into small loops, your jar hanger is ready for its handle. 

Wire jar holder with the nails

Wire jar holder with the nails

Finished wire handle holder

Finished wire handle holder

The Second Step is Making the Mason Jar Handle

I cut the handle wire 10″ long.

I used the side of the jar to form the curve in the handle wire. 

Forming the wire jar handle

Forming the wire jar handle

Next, I made loops on each end of the wire handle. Curling the end loops towards the center. 

Wire jar hanger handle

Wire jar hanger handle

The last step is to attach the handle loops onto the jar wire loops. 

Hanging candle jar

Hanging candle jar

Lighting Options

Finding the right lighting options for your outdoor mason jar lights is easy with so many choices. 

Tea lights for jar lanterns

Tea lights for jar lanterns

My favorite candle is a solar tea light (this is the one I used).

DIY Solar Jar Lights

DIY Solar Jar Lights

You can see these solar tea lights in this video I took in my garden.

Lighting the candle is easy when you move the wire hanger to the side. 

Lighting a tea light

Lighting a tea light

The hanging mason jar lantern below I made a few years ago, but this style is difficult to use since the handle does not move. 

DIY jar lights

DIY jar lights

 

Hanging Mason Jar Lights

I made long wire hooks that I attached to branches of a big tree. You can see that look in the photo above. 

Using a shepherd’s hook gives you more options for where you can place the lights. 

I recommend hanging the lights in a tree if you are using a wax candle to prevent burns.

The best option is to use solar tea lights. 

DIY Mason jar wire hangers

DIY Mason jar wire hangers

 

More Jar Lighting Options 

These jars look gorgeous with decoupage designs too. You can see how I made this garden light with a mason jar (HERE). 

DIY jar light in the garden

DIY jar light in the garden

 

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Please join me (HERE) as we craft up some fun. You can look forward to receiving new inspiration every week. As well as special online crafting events, seasonal and holiday crafting too. 

See you soon,

Kippi 🤗

 

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Cindy Rust

Sunday 11th of July 2021

Love this project Kippi! I can see dozens of them on our back patio! Ok, maybe not dozens, but alot of them!

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Tuesday 29th of June 2021

I love this quick and easy craft! I may try to make some for this upcoming weekend!

Anita Holland

Tuesday 29th of June 2021

Very nice idea, adds great mood lighting to outdoor areas.

Patrick

Sunday 27th of June 2021

I will be making some of these thanks for the inspiration

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