Vintage Jar Lanterns…

To make vintage jar lanterns you need the following:

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Jars – these don’t have to be vintage – that is just what I had on hand

Tulle – in a roll – the colour is up to you… I chose a cream of course

LED lights – I picked up battery operated lights at the dollar store for $1.50!

Scissors

Batteries

Vintage Jar Lanterns01 Here are my jars, tulle and lights…

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Put the batteries into the lights to make sure they’re working… I happened to be looking for LED Lights around halloween and the sets I found had bats or spiders covering the little lights… but it turns out that they just plucked off… so I plucked off all of the little bats and spiders…

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pluck… pluck… pluck…

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BAM! Bats all gone!

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Next cut pieces of tulle… I found that 5″ – 6″ pieces worked the best for me… once you get going you’ll find out what you like and what will work for the look that you would like to achieve…

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Cut a pile of these puppies…

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Now we’re ready to tie the tulle strips around the led light wire… I looped the tulle strips into themselves using what is called a Larks Head Knot…

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Pass the the two tails up through the loop over top of the wire…

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…pull the tails tight and the tulle is secured onto the wire…

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Repeat this down the length of the light string.

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Because we don’t want to see the battery pack… it is ugly… we need to wrap it in some folded over tulle…

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Once it is covered in tulle, cut another piece and use it to secure the tulle to the battery pack…

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…tie a knot…

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…then cut the tails off

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Pick your lantern jar…

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…and feed the tulle covered lights string into the jar… you want to put the battery pack in last…

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…stuff, stuff, stuff…

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We want to hide the battery pack in the centre of the jar of fluff while keeping the on/off switch pointing upward so that the lantern is easy to turn on and off…

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…stuff, stuff, stuff…

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There! The battery pack is nice and cozy in the centre of the jar…

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Once the lights and battery pack are in do a little fussing to make sure the lights are where you like them in the jar… so that you get the best light from the little light string

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…fuss, fuss, fuss…

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Once you are happy with the position of the lights inside the jar pop on the top and you’re done!…

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Like any lit decoration you shouldn’t leave these unattended for long periods of time.  LED lights are much cooler than traditional incandescent lights and I’ve had my jars going for hours without any issues, but be mindful when using these.  These lights would be great for a glamping trip or an evening outdoor party… I have mine on my mantle and will dress around them with greens in December for Christmas!  So fun!  What do you think!? When you get yours made be sure to come over to the Feathering My Nest Facebook page and share some photos of your lanterns!  I can’t wait to see how you make yours!

xo

Lacey

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