How to Make Mason Jar Lanterns

How to Make Mason Jar Lanterns at The Happy Housewife

By contributing writer Jordon

Ahhh yes, picnics, pools, lakes, farmer’s markets, BBQ’s ect. It’s Summer! One of my favorite things about summer is spending time with family and friends. I love having BBQ’s in my backyard. Mmmmm, the smell of the delicious food on the grill, the sound of the birds, the kids playing games, and a cold beverage in my hand while enjoying the company of special people. It puts such a big smile on my face!

I love when the sun goes down and you have the smell and sound of a fire crackling while being surrounded by the relaxing glimmer of light from Mason jar lanterns. Mason Jar Lanterns really add an ambiance to your get together and are always a good conversation piece! You can buy Mason jar lanterns many places, but when they are so easy and cheap to make, why not make them yourself?! You save some money and get to put your own creativity into it. :)

How to Make Mason Jar Lanterns

How to Make Mason Jar Lanterns at The Happy Housewife

Supplies Needed

  • Mason Jars
  • Wire
  • Filler
  • Candles
  • Wire Cutters
  • Needle Nose Pliers

Mason Jars

  • Garage sales and thrift shops are always good places to find them.
  • You can also find them at craft stores, but you might pay a little more.

Wire

  • Choose the wire you want to use for hanging your lantern.
  • You can use stainless steel wire, copper wire, floral wire or to add a different look you can use twine floral wire .
  • I like to use a little bit of a thicker wire to keep the lanterns sturdy, and I think it looks better.
  • For the Mason Jars I am showing you today, I will be using a 5 ft/4 gauge braided copper wire. Each individual piece of copper wire in the braid is 12 gauge. It’s perfect for mason jar lanterns! I found it at a Hardware store for about $7.00.

Filler around candle

  •  You can use glass pebbles, river rock pebbles, sand, beads, or whatever you would like!

Candles

  • You can use tea light candles, long thin candles or LED flameless candles. Iwill share this tip with you….the first time I made Mason Jar Lanterns, I just used small short candles that I had on hand. They looked really cute in my lanterns, however they had no glass surrounding them, so all of the wax melted into my rocks making a mess. This time I am using glass surround candles!

Wire Cutters and Needle Nose Pliers

Instructions

Alright, you are set! Let’s do this!

I am going to demonstrate with the smaller blue jar which is 9 inches in circumference, so I will be using 13 inch wire pieces. The larger jars are 11 inches in circumference, so I used 16 inch wire pieces for them.

1. Grab your needle nose pliers and make a loop on one end of the wire.

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2. Wrap it halfway around the lip at the mouth of the jar and have the rest of the wire sticking straight out. Cut the wire a half inch from the jar and them make another loop.

How to Make Mason Jar Lanterns at The Happy Housewife

You will be repeating what you just did on the other half of the jar. Make sure when you make your loop, you leave a little bit of an opening to connect to the other loop, then close it up with the needle nose pliers.

How to Make Mason Jar Lanterns at The Happy Housewife

Now that it is all connected, we are going to connect our hanging piece.

3. Use another 13 inch piece of wire (16 if using the bigger jar) and make another loop again leaving some room to connect it to the other loop on the base. Repeat on the other side and also stretch the wire to give it a nice shape.

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4. Now you just need to fill it! Pour rocks (or whatever you chose to use) in first, and then place the candle in.

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There you go! Your own Mason Jar Lanterns!

One more thing I wanted to share with you!

You can also make a mason jar lantern without the hanging part. Here is one I made to sit on my mantle using an LED flameless candle. I love it!

How to Make Mason Jar Lanterns at The Happy Housewife

 

Okay….there you go. Run with your ideas or use mine and create some mason jar lanterns!

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Frugal Kitchen Cabinet Makeover

The following is a guest post by Rebecca Brandt.

Last year we knew we needed a kitchen makeover when the veneer on our cabinets began peeling. We didn’t want to spend thousands of dollars to replace the cabinet fronts or the entire cabinets. However, we wanted to take care of our kitchen and create a warm room that our family would enjoy and would be kid friendly.

A few months ago, I walked into my neighbor’s kitchen and she had done exactly what I was thinking. So, I asked her what she did and thus began the journey of our kitchen (and bath) makeover.

Frugal Kitchen Cabinet Makeover at The Happy Housewife

I’m very pleased with the results. Above are the before and after pictures, and below is a tutorial on how to update your own kitchen (and or bathrooms) for less than $150!

Frugal Kitchen Cabinet Makeover

The first thing you’ll want to do is look at the colors in your kitchen and identify the look you’re going for. Then buy your supplies.
Frugal Kitchen Cabinet Makeover at The Happy Housewife

Supplies Needed

Instructions

Step 1:

After you select your colors, wash down your cabinets and then remove the veneer. If it’s peeling, just begin at the peel. It took my son a total of 30 minutes to remove the veneer from the kitchen cabinets. If you have one cabinet that isn’t peeling, take a small knife and cut a little bit off a corner, and then peel the entire cabinet.

Step 2:

Paint your cabinets with two coats base color (using a bristle brush). If you want to have a really good antique look, you ca paint the antique white under the brown. Then, when you sand off the brown, the white shows through. I wanted a golden look, so I sanded to the original color that you see beneath the paint.

Step 3:

Coat with your glaze (using sponge brush). I could not find a glaze I wanted so I mixed the Millstone Milk paint with clear glaze. I used a wet towel and then a dry towel to wipe off the glaze until it was close to what I wanted. It was a little too chalk boardy for me, so used the glaze mixed with the Dark Chocolate Milk paint to get the rich, brown destressed look I was after.

Step 4:

Sand the corners and areas where you want to make your cabinets look refinished and antique.

Step 5:

Coat with at least three coats of Polyacrylic.

Bathroom Cabinet Makeover

Once I began in my kitchen, I wanted to work in my bathrooms. I used this same method for our downstairs bath so that there is consistency in cabinets downstairs.

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Here’s what I did for this look:

  • Peeled veneer
  • Painted with two coats of Antique White (using a bristle brush)
  • Painted with VanDyke Glaze (using a sponge brush)
  • Wiped off glaze with a wet cloth then dry cloth until I was able to get the look I wanted
  • Painted with 3 coats of Polyacrylic (using sponge brush)

Rebecca_BrandtRebecca is a homeschool Mom who writes/speaks to encourage women to stop living in negativity and find the joy they are meant to enjoy. She blogs at Mom’s Mustard Seeds.

 

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4th of July DIY Roundup

Are you looking for a fun 4th of July craft, recipe or kid friendly activity this week? I’ve had a great time searching the web and found some really neat 4th of July projects that are simple and inexpensive. Click on the link below each photo for a tutorial.

If you try one let me know how it turns out! 

4th of July DIY Round Up

Click on a category below or scroll through the entire list:

Crafts/Decor

4th of July Wreath


Vintage Flags


Centerpiece


Tin Can Luminaries


Patriotic Wreath

Food

Very-Blueberry-Smoothie

Very Blueberry Smoothie

Strawberry-Salsa-homemade-cinnamon-tortilla-chips

Strawberry Salsa with Homemade Cinnamon Tortilla Chips

frozen berry dessert

Frozen Berry Treat

frozen lemon bars

Frozen Lemon Bars


All American Strawberries


4th of July Marshmallow Pops


Cream Filled Strawberries


Red White and Blue Scones


American Flag Cookie

Red-White-Blue-Spinach-Salad

Red, White & Blue Spinach Salad

grilled-chicken-summer-salad-1

Grilled Chicken Summer Salad

grilled-asparagus

Grilled Asparagus

For the Kids

fourth-of-july-robot

4th of July Robot

4th of July Paper Lanterns

4th of July T-Shirts


Popsicle Stick Flags


Painted Stones


Handprint Fireworks


Cupcake Liner Fireworks

4th-of-July-Worksheets

4th of July Free Printables

Plus, don’t forget to check out our 4th of July Pinterest Board filled with more amazing ideas!

Follow The Happy Housewife’s board Homeschool (4th of July) on Pinterest.


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16 DIY Upcycled T-Shirt Projects

16 DIY Upcycled T-Shirt Projects | The Happy Housewife

By contributing writer Jackie

Over the past couple of years I have shared several ideas for turning on old T-shirt into something else. Today I thought I would gather all of those ideas in one place.

 

So, if you have a lot of old T-shirts lying around and don’t know what to do with them here are 16 ideas that might spark your creativity.

1. Make a Rug from a T-Shirt

16 DIY Upcycled T-Shirt Projects (rug)| The Happy Housewife

If you have ever been intimidated by the thought of making a T-shirt rug but love the way they look, then you need to check out this tutorial. Using a sewing machine to make a T-shirt rug is much faster than traditional methods.

2. Make a Shrug from a T-Shirt

16 DIY Upcycled T-Shirt Projects (Shrug)| The Happy Housewife

This T-shirt shrug takes an old idea and puts a new spin on it. Check out the tutorial for all the details.

3. Make a Necklace from a T-Shirt

16 DIY Upcycled T-Shirt Projects (Necklace)| The Happy Housewife

This no-sew T-shirt necklace is a great addition to any outfit. Find out how you can make one by following this tutorial.

4. Make a Wreath from a T-Shirt

16 DIY Upcycled T-Shirt Projects (Wreath)| The Happy Housewife

Turn a T-shirt into a decorative wreath by following this tutorial.

5. Make a Dress from a T-Shirt

16 DIY Upcycled T-Shirt Projects (Dress)| The Happy Housewife

Use two T-shirts to make a dress for your little one by following this tutorial.

6. Make a Skirt from a T-Shirt (Method 1)

16 DIY Upcycled T-Shirt Projects (Skirt)| The Happy Housewife

This little skirt is made from a T-shirt and a pair of too short pants. Find out all of the details in this tutorial.

7. Make a Skirt from a T-Shirt (Method 2)

16 DIY Upcycled T-Shirt Projects (Skirt)| The Happy Housewife

Here’s another method for turning a T-shirt into a skirt.

8. Make a Headband from a T-Shirt

16 DIY Upcycled T-Shirt Projects (Headband)| The Happy Housewife

This tutorial will show you how to turn a T-shirt into a headband to match any outfit.

9. Make Baby or Toddler Pants from a T-Shirt

16 DIY Upcycled T-Shirt Projects (Toddler Pants)| The Happy Housewife

Using a pair of pants that fit your child as a pattern, you can make a pair of pants from a T-shirt by following this tutorial.

10. Make a Gift Bag from a T-Shirt

16 DIY Upcycled T-Shirt Projects (Gift Bag)| The Happy Housewife

Turn a T-shirt into a decorative gift bag by following this drawstring gift bag tutorial.

11. Make a Pillow from a T-Shirt

16 DIY Upcycled T-Shirt Projects (Pillow)| The Happy Housewife

T-shirt scraps can be turned into a decorative pillow by following these instructions.

12. Make Yarn from a T-Shirt

16 DIY Upcycled T-Shirt Projects (Yarn)| The Happy Housewife

Follow this tutorial to give new life to an old T-shirt by turning it into yarn.

13. Make Napkins from a T-Shirt

16 DIY Upcycled T-Shirt Projects (Napkin)| The Happy Housewife

An old T-shirt can become a cloth napkin. Find out how by following this tutorial.

14. Make a Produce Bag from a T-Shirt

16 DIY Upcycled T-Shirt Projects (Produce Bag)| The Happy Housewife

Ditch the plastic produce bags and make some out of T-shirts instead. Find out how here.

15. Refashion a Maternity Shirt

16 DIY Upcycled T-Shirt Projects (Shirt)| The Happy Housewife

This tutorial offers a few ideas for refashioning a maternity shirt (or even an oversized T-shirt).

16. Make an Apron from a T-Shirt

16 DIY Upcycled T-Shirt Projects (Apron)| The Happy Housewife

Learn how to make a simple apron from an old T-shirt by following this tutorial.

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