Recently, I came across a photo in a poplar store catalog featuring some pretty candle lanterns.
I loved the lanterns, especially the handy rope handle, so I decided to make my own but with a few changes.
The supplies needed for this project were: a 1 1/2 pint size, wide-mouth jar and a 1/2 gallon jar (Ball canning jars work great), candles, sand, hose clamps, rope, shells, glue gun, scissors, and a flat-head screw driver.
To begin, I cut a piece of rope around 16 inches long and hot-glued it to one side of of the jar.
I hot-glued the other end of the rope to the other side of the jar. On both sides, I unwound the edge of the rope so I could press all the little sections up against the jar to glue it securely.
Once the hot glue was dry, I slid the hose clamp down over the rope handle, down around the rim of the jar. The jar I used was a 1 1/2 pint, wide-mouth jar. Hose clamps come in lots of sizes. The one that worked for my jar was around 3 1/2 inches in diameter when fully opened up.
Using my screw driver, I tightened down the hose clamp, nice and tight.
I trimmed off the extra rope that was sticking out from under the hose clamp on both sides of the jar.
I hot-glued a shell over the top of the hose clamp adjusting screw.
In this photo, you can just barely see the adjusting screw hiding there under the shell. A deep shell works best for hiding the screw.
I glued a second shell over the area where the rope attached to the jar on the other side, too. I had planned to leave the jar this way, but then had a better idea.
I decided to decorate the whole rim of the jar with shells…liked that look much better. Finally, I filled the jar with some beach sand found in a local discount store, inserted my candle along with a few small shells and my lantern was complete.
As I looked at my lantern, another little idea popped into my head. I decided to make a second lantern and it turned out to be my favorite.
Again, following the steps at the top of this post, I attached a rope handle (around 18 inches long) with hot glue and a hose clamp to the top of a 1/2 gallon Ball mason jar. After securing the rope handle and the hose clamp as detailed in this post above, I began hot gluing the rope around the top rim of the jar.
As I attached the rope, I turned the jar around and around, covering the whole rim of the jar as I went.
Eventually, the entire hose clamp was hidden by rope. Now all it needed was a bit of sand, a candle and a few shells.
Once you have your rope handle secured with hot glue and a hose clamp, decorate the rim of the jar, or the jar itself, in any way you wish. Just make sure your decorations are not near the flame of the candle once it is lit.
Let your imagination run free when making these. I added a decorative fish I’ve had for many years to the larger lantern.
These were so easy to make! I have a feeling you may be seeing these in a beach themed table setting sometime soon!
If you love mason jar projects as much as I do, be sure to check out True Value’s “Mad About Mason Jars” board on Pinterest.
I was one of the bloggers selected by True Value to work on the DIY Squad. I have been compensated for my time commitment to the program as well as writing about my experience. I have also been compensated for the materials needed for my DIY project. However, my opinions are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive comments.