Ball jars, Mason jars, canning jars… Whatever you want to call them, they are fun and they have made their way out of the kitchen and into home decor. Somewhere I had seen some canning jars covered in chicken wire being sold for $25 to $30. Well, there was no way I was going to pay that much for something I felt like I could make myself.
Supplies: Chicken wire, canning jars, flat nose plier, cutting plier, spray paint, wire (24 gauge) candles or LED tea lights
So start by lining up the lip of the jar at the smooth edge of the chicken wire. Cut the wire so that it wraps all the way around the jar, and overlaps an inch or two. I used the hexagonal rows as my indicators. You want one or two inches of the chicken wire to hang over the bottom of the jar.
Twist together the ends of the chicken wire together, pulling it pretty tight, particularly at the top portion of the jar. Use the flat nose pliers or wear protective gloves and make sure you’ve had your tetanus shot, those edges are pokey little buggers. Then pull out the jar from the bottom so that you can really wrap the wires tight.
Wrap the wires and tuck them in themselves the best you can. Snip off any ends of wires that are poking out.
Now is the time to add a handle if you want to hang it. I added the handle after painting it so that the handle showed up better in the picture. Slip a long length of 24 or 22 gauge wire through the top of the chicken wire. You are then going to double-up the wire, wrap the wire around the chicken wire a couple of times to secure it, then twist the doubled up wire until the end. Wrap the loose end of the handle on the opposite side of the chicken wire. Wrap it so that it’s tight and will handle the weight of the jar if you choose to hang it.
***DISCLAIMER: I had a lighted candle in the jar and the handle did get hot. Be cautious of this so that you don’t burn your fingers.***
Take the chicken wire outside and spray paint it. Obviously, I chose gold, because I loved it with the blue Ball jars. But the ones I saw for sale were clear jars with oil-rubbed bronze chicken wire. Or get colorful! I’d love to see some with neon painted chicken wire!
Once the paint is dry, slip the jar back into the chicken wire from the bottom. Tighten the wire as best as you can, being careful, because you don’t want to scrape of the paint.
Start pinching together the chicken wire at the bottom of the jar. Cut off any amount that looks to be extra. Then wrap the wires at the base of the jar together so that it is tight and will hold the jar. Try to keep it as even as possible, because you want the lanterns to sit flat.
Put candles in them, use them as a vase or plant some succulents in them. These are going to be perfect for our lovely suppers we will be eating outside (at least until the weather gets too hot!)
I adore the way they look hanging on the cement wall!
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