Vintage Jar Lanterns...

30 Minutes

Using tulle, battery powered LED lights and some mason jars you can create the cutest little lanterns!.. these would be fun for holiday decorating or a glamping trip! :)
For this I used some of my glass top vintage jars, some tulle from a roll or toile and some halloween battery powered LED lights!
I found the lights at the dollar store in the halloween section... the little bats and spiders just plucked right off the covered light ends!... these were only $1.50 per set!
Using strips of tulle about 5-6" in length I attache the tulle to the light string using a larks head knot which gave me two tails for every one I attached!...
I filled the wire with tulle and then had to prepare the battery housing so that you wouldn't see it inside of the jar...
...also be sure to put the batteries in and test your lights to make sure that they are working! ;)
I wrapped the battery housing in some folded tulle and then used another piece of toile around it, tying a knot, to hold the wrapped tulle in place...
I then placed the lights into my jar, battery end last so that I could position the battery pack in the middle with the switch up, making the lights easy to turn on and off...
Bam!... battery pack nestled in the centre...
Of course I had to do a little fussing to get the lights spaced around the jar just how I liked them...
Then it was on with the top!...
And there you have it!... vintage jar lanterns!... you can get larger sets for larger jars and some sets of lights (more expensive ones) even have timers that will turn the lights on or off every couple of hours!...
Like any lit decoration be sure not to leave these unattended for long periods of time. LEDs are much cooler than the old incandescent style lights but you just want to be mindful.

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2 questions
  • Jewellmartin
    on Jun 8, 2017

    I have some old Ball and Mason jars, but not as old as yours. I'm not familiar with your lids. They seem much taller than today's lids. Do you know if these are available now? And did you paint the lids? I love these fairy lights. Best wishes 😇
    • Skiddycat
      on Mar 16, 2020

      These lids are the old antique zinc lids with white glass inside at the top,...

      this was eons ago. I'm pretty sure that you cannot purchase them somewhere unless it would be at an antique store.

  • Della Tompkins
    Della Tompkins
    on Jan 16, 2019

    Can the tulle catch fire? What about cotton? What if you use plug in lights instead of battery? Note: I worry a lot.

    • Donna
      on Oct 29, 2019

      Using the battery lights they don't get that hot. The eletric one will scorch the tulle.

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