Looking for an inexpensive way add some interesting mood lighting to your next outdoor party? Recycle some jars into hanging candle lanterns.
Culinary blog DigginFood manages to sneak some DIY projects into their feeds, related to their pursuit of ever-better food. Sprucing up your dinner parties with some easy to make candle holders definitely falls into that category, and the supplies you need for the project are cheap and readily available.
Once you've saved some various sized jars from your kitchen and given them a good scrubbing, you just need some wire:
To make the lanterns you'll need 22- and 24-gauge wire and small pliers. You can use beads, vintage buttons, sea glass, driftwood-whatever you like, really-to embellish the lanterns. To make the wire hangers use the thicker 22-gauge wire.
Assuming you skip the embellishments and already have a pair of needle nose pliers, your entire outlay for dozens of lanterns is maybe $US10 worth of wire and $US5 for a bulk pack of tea light candles. For more details on the project including tips on making sure your wire holders stay put, check out the full tutorial. If you have your own creative way for making novel outdoor lighting, share your crafty tricks in the comments below.