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You Will Need
- Glass jars
- Templates of decorative shapes
- Removable adhesive paper
- Glass-frosting spray
- Votive candles or tea lights
- Heavy wire
- Wire cutters
- Sand or sea salt
- Wire hangers
Wash and dry
Wash glass jars in hot, soapy water and let them air dry.
Cut templates out of poster board in decorative shapes such as stars, half-moons, or hearts. Or buy ready-made templates from craft stores.
Cut out shapes
Use the templates to outline the shapes on the nonsticky side of removable adhesive paper, and then cut them out.
Decorate the jars
Stick your designs onto the outside of the jars.
Coat the outside of the jars evenly with glass-frosting spray. Let them dry completely. Then, remove the adhesive-paper designs.
Put a votive candle or tea light inside each jar.
Measure wire for handle
To make hanging lanterns, take a piece of strong wire and measure how much you need for a handle by wrapping the wire around the mouth of the jar, looping it over the top of the jar, and bringing it back down to the mouth of the jar. Clip with wire cutters. Create a small, open-ended loop on each end of the wire with pliers.
Make the handle
Wrap one end of the wire around the jar's mouth, securing it by slipping the loop around the wire and tightening it with pliers. Take the free end of wire, and bend it into an inverted U to make a handle. Secure the end by wrapping the other loop around the wire at the jar opening.
Enjoy the beautiful outdoor lighting your homemade lanterns provide.