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Put Your Old Glassware to Use!
Two dilemmas, one solution:

Dilemma 1: Paper lanterns don't hold up to rain, and string lights short out. (Not to mention, they can be pretty pricey!)

Dilemma 2: Old jam jars, mismatched glasses and solitary tea light holders that take up space, yet are too cute to recycle in the conventional manner.

Solution: Make lanterns that stand up to rain, won't short out (unless there's a strong wind!) and recycle that old glassware! Yay!

Posted by ennaneve from Charlotte, North Carolina, United States • Published See ennaneve's 7 projects »
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  • How to make a votive / candle holder. Sweet 'N Simple Summer Lanterns - Step 1
    Step 1

    METHOD ONE (best for glasses, tea light holders, etc.)

    **NOTE: I'm not sure why I put this one on first, because it's more complicated. You may want to scroll down and start with METHOD TWO.**

    Cut two pieces of wire long enough so they can almost make a full circle (top to bottom) around your container.

    Fold each piece in half and loop them together as shown.

  • How to make a votive / candle holder. Sweet 'N Simple Summer Lanterns - Step 2
    Step 2

    Twist loops until each end of the wire is facing in the opposite direction.

  • How to make a votive / candle holder. Sweet 'N Simple Summer Lanterns - Step 3
    Step 3

    Next, lay your container mouth-down on your work surface and center the looped wire intersection in the middle.

  • How to make a votive / candle holder. Sweet 'N Simple Summer Lanterns - Step 4
    Step 4

    Carefully holding the wire in place with one hand, pick up your container and fold the wire ends in to the mouth and down the side.

    You can cut the wire if it's too long, or to your own desired length. Make sure to keep some length for added support, though. I'd say at least one inch into your container at minimum.

  • How to make a votive / candle holder. Sweet 'N Simple Summer Lanterns - Step 5
    Step 5

    Next, cut two pieces of wire roughly the same size as the first, or longer/shorter as you like. These will be the handle, so it's up to you how long you want it to be.

    Using your needle nose pliers, twist a tiny hook in the end of each wire as shown.

  • How to make a votive / candle holder. Sweet 'N Simple Summer Lanterns - Step 6
    Step 6

    Taking one lenth of wire, carefully hook the end under the bend where the support wire folds into the mouth of the container.

    Pinch closed with needle nose pliers, and repeat with other end of wire on the opposite side. You should have an upside-down U shape over your container. Carefully twist the top to form a small twisted circle for the next wire to pass through.

  • How to make a votive / candle holder. Sweet 'N Simple Summer Lanterns - Step 7
    Step 7

    Take your second length of wire and repeat step 6. Make sure after you hook the first end of the wire and pinch it closed, you pass the wire through the small circle you made with the first wire. You can loop the wire around for added support if you like. Then, hook the second end and pinch it closed.

    This picture is hard to see, but I connected the ends of the wire on this glass dish side-by-side instead of on opposide sides and looped them together at the top.

  • How to make a votive / candle holder. Sweet 'N Simple Summer Lanterns - Step 8
    Step 8

    If you'd like, you can fashion a little S-hook out of the wire and attach it to the loops.

    Just add a tea light candle and you're ready to be enlightened! :)

  • How to make a votive / candle holder. Sweet 'N Simple Summer Lanterns - Step 9
    Step 9

    METHOD TWO: Glass jars (jam jars, canning jars, etc.)

    Cut a length of wire long enough to circle the mouth of your jar about 1 and a half times.

    Twist a loop in one end, and hold it in place under the lip of the jar, pulling the wire around until you reach the opposite side (180 degrees from the first loop) and make a second loop.

    Next, pull the wire back to the first loop (creating a full circle under the lip of the jar) and hook the wire around the first loop. Pinch closed with pliers.

  • How to make a votive / candle holder. Sweet 'N Simple Summer Lanterns - Step 10
    Step 10

    Cut a second length of wire for your handle. This can be as long or as short as you want your lantern to hang.

    Bend a tiny hook in either end of your wire and hook through the loops. Pinch closed with pliers.

    Add a tea light and enjoy!!

  • How to make a votive / candle holder. Sweet 'N Simple Summer Lanterns - Step 11
    Step 11

    You can experiment with all sorts of glass containers, try different color themes, decoupage, use different sizes, or even paint them to make stained glass!

    Remember to never leave lighted lanterns unattended! :)

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ani-mals
ani-mals
I have (or had) a strange collection of big ol' glass beads and I strung them on the handles and made little kinks in the wire to keep the beads in place. They look so pretty with the candlelight flickering through them!
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Karen A.
Karen A.
I absolutely love this, excellent idea Happy
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noura m.
noura m.
cute cute cute;p
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Blackwidow
Blackwidow · 7 projects
love this ;)
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Glitter Pixie
Glitter Pixie · York, England, GB
this is a fab tutorial, i'm gonna be making hundreds of these now for my countryside wedding. fab idea. thanks.
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camilaustral
camilaustral · Concepcion, Bio-Bio, CL · 9 projects
nice!!
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ennaneve
ennaneve · Charlotte, North Carolina, US · 7 projects
thanks!! they're actually really easy, unless you get super crazy with the wire (which i did a few times!) Happy great for little summer parties, etc.
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galinkzoo7
galinkzoo7 · Kalamazoo, Michigan, US · 1 project
Yay, good show.
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molly  g.
molly g.
That will look so pretty. I have the exact same glass container at my house. Sometime this summer I'll try it.
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Samantha H.
Samantha H.
I'm definitely going to have to try these. They're adorable and simple. Now to find some wire...
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