Super Easy, Super Fun Beach-Themed Mason Jar Lanterns
I love creating fun ideas for improving the lighting decorations in different parts of my home. So I'm excited to share with you everything you need to know to make lovely beach-themed solar lights for your porch using mason jars in a fun and easy way! Let's dive in! If you'd like to order a set of 2 of these solar-powered mason jar lights to be delivered to your door, click here to purchase yours for only $19.
Step 1: Gather What You Need To Tint Your Mason Jars
I started by taking the items I needed for tinting the jar and placing them on the table: parchment paper, 8 oz jar of Mod Podge, food coloring, 1 cup and 1 spoon.
Step 2: Mix the Color
I wanted my jar to be pretty dark, but not so dark that you couldn't see the solar light. So I mixed about ⅓ of my Mod Podge with 10 drops of food coloring. If you want it lighter, use less food coloring. Then I made sure to evenly mix in the color with the Mod Podge.
Step 3: Spread and Set
Next, I made sure to evenly spread the color on the inside of the glass. At this point you have two options: you can either let the jar dry for about 4 hours, or you can bake it in the oven at 150° for 10-15 minutes. I chose to bake the glass, because I didn’t want to wait the 4 hours. I raised the temperature by a lot after a few minutes, and I got a really nice crackled effect. Feel free to copy this strategy, or try something else. I put the parchment paper under the glass, so it wouldn't drip. It also provided a place to let it dry and cool off.
This is what my glass looked like with my little temperature alteration. I love making little personal changes to my projects. That's what's so great about these mason jar lights: every single one could be different!
Step 4: Loop the Long Strings
For this next step I used 8 long pieces, 1 short piece, and 1 very short piece. Set the very short piece aside for now, you won’t need this till later. Next, take the short piece and lay it across your work surface. Then take fold eight long pieces in half and tie them to the short string using a Lark’s Head Knot. Don’t worry about their spacing, you’ll fix that when you tie them onto the jar.
Step 5: Attach the Strings
Tie the short string around the neck of the bottle. Make sure not to tie this around the threads otherwise you won’t be able to screw on the solar light top.
Step 6: Make the Fish Net
Making a fishnet looks much harder than it actually is, which makes this project so great. All you have to do is tie square knots in the same height all the way around. Keep track of which strings you tie together. You don't want to tie the sames ones together twice in a row, you want to tie it to the string next to it.
Then I just made more levels of knots. The shorter you make the distance between each level, the more full your fishnet will look, but also the more work you’ll have to do.
I didn’t make mine very tight. If you want to see how long yours is, make sure to pull the strings tightly toward the bottom while you're checking. When you’re done, pick up that really short string we set aside and tie it into a circle.
Step 7: Finish the Bottom
I pulled all the bottom strings inside the circle, then I pulled out one string from each pair to knot them onto the circle and pull the fishnet tight. You could choose to only put one string in and then tie them. I just found it was easier for me to pull the whole bunch inside the circle and then pull out one string at a time to knot. I also found on my second jar that it was easier to knot opposite sides then it was to move around in a circle.
Step 8: Trim Excess and Decorate
Using your scissors, trim off the excess string left on the bottom. Then use fishing wire and some beads to decorate your lanterns however you want. This is where you can really get creative with this project, as there are so many beads to choose from.
The last step is to screw on the solar light lids and enjoy your handiwork. If you'd like to order a set of 2 of these solar-powered mason jar lights to be delivered to your door, click here to purchase yours for only $19.
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Edyie Curley Sweet on May 29, 2019
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