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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