DIY Cosmic Mason Jar

4 Materials
$0
10 Minutes
Easy

Create a magical atmosphere with this super simple lantern!
The great thing about this project is that you probably have everything you need already in your house.
The first thing I suggest to do is practice on a piece of aluminum foil to get the pressure right, this thing rips pretty easely.
Then take a big piece of foil and fold it a couple of times so that the shiny side of the foil is on the outside and the strip is the right height for your jar. It should be a couple of layers thick.
You can then cut it to size, mind that too much overlapping will block the holes we make later, but if you cut it too short you'll have vertical strip of light showing.
Now comes the creative part! Take the strip out and make your holes. I used a pen and a big needle to make different sized holes. Variety makes it look a lot more like the starry sky. You can make clusters for galaxies, arrange constellations, the milky way, anything your heart desires!
When you're done put the strip back into the jar together with a candle - real or LED -, some string lights, or any other light source you have on hand.
Now you're done! This lantern looks especially good when placed near a wall where it can project the starry pattern.
Thank you so much for reading this tutorial, you can find this and other projects on my YouTube channel: The DIY Forest.
Happy DIYing!
Francesca

Suggested materials:

  • Mason jar
  • Aluminum foil
  • Something pointy to make the holes
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3 questions
  • Heavenlygal
    on Dec 1, 2016

    What if you make holes in the lid and spray paint the lid a matching colour in the room? Very nice project for those of us that have talent hidden way far away lol.

    • The DIY Forest
      on Dec 3, 2016

      That would be a nice alternative, but it would only work if you use LED candle lights, unless you make a slit on the lid to thread the string lights in :)

  • Connie marsh
    on Dec 5, 2016

    You show the lid in the beginning as what you will need but what did you do with it when done?

    • Connie marsh
      on Dec 5, 2016

      Thank you. In the picture, it looked the lid was underneath - maybe it would be too hot if a candle was used. Wasn't sure

  • Patty
    on Mar 8, 2018

    If u use a candle what keeps the aluminium foil from burning?

    • Jewellmartin
      on Nov 29, 2018

      This is just aluminum foil, so it would be easy to replace if scorched. But I would never use a candle in a jar children might pick up, or that might light something else on fire. I would use a battery flickering votive candle, and punch holes in the lid to expand the universal look. Great idea! Thanks. ☺️

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