Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Jar Lanterns - What Not To Do

This is the second year we have used jar lanterns in our yard.  Last year I filled jars about a third full of sand and a candle.  I used hangers and small shepherd hooks that I bought on a summer clearance.  (Like these Shepherds Hooks  and  Mason Jar hangers.).  I used sand thinking that I would pour any rain water off and the rest would evaporate quickly.  Well that might have worked had I been faithful in keeping the water poured off and not left them out all winter.  IF being the word, I of course would forget about them and the sand got hard, gross and even grew some green mold in some jars. Yuck, yuck, yuck.








As forgetful as I was about pouring the water off, I was also forgetful about buying a glass bit for the drill, but this past weekend I finally picked one up.  I emptied the gross sand out of the jars, some of the jars were stained and ruined.  Using the drill, gloves and eye protection I started trying to drill in the bottom and it broke, Wonderful decided to try and it also broke.




Then I laid a jar on its side in a container that kept it from rolling around until I could get it started and I drilled a hole in the side about three quarters to an inch from the bottom.  Within an hour I had drilled a hole in the side of nine jars and I only broke one and I broke it because I tried to see how big I could make the hole.




After successfully getting the holes in the jars, I washed them and put pea gravel in, making sure to fully cover the drilled holes. Then added citronella candles and hung the lanterns around the fire pit.  Now it has been raining again and I checked my jars this evening and the water had drained well!





This is such a great project because it is inexpensive.  I used jars I had on hand, from pickles to spaghetti sauce.  Although I bought the hangers because I found a good deal, they could just as easily be made.  The lanterns can easily be moved around the yard for different summer activities and I also used them at Christmas with red bows, a sprig of fresh greens and tea lights to line my walk way!  Now with the gravel I will be able to leave them out without fear of mold ruining the jars!


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4 comments:

  1. Susan, the pea gravel should solve the problem! What a great idea to add some lighting around your fire pit! Pam @ Everyday Living

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    1. Thanks Pam for dropping by and the encouragement! We love our fire pit!

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  2. I love this idea! I never would have thought you could drill a hole in the jar to let the water drain out. I'd love to try this and hang some from my front porch!

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    1. Thanks Meg for stopping by, I know it is a game changer. It works really well and is a super easy project.

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