Hey y’all, today’s post isn’t a recipe, but it’s definitely Southern! I have an affinity for mason jars, DIY crafts, and making your house your home through decorating that fits your personality.
I met Rae last year, and we hit it off over some drinks and our mutual love of all things Southern – hell, she has a blog called Hick Country!
Y’all say Hi to Rae, check out her awesome Rustic DIY Mason Jar Wall Lanterns (I’ve seen them live and in person in her house – they’re fantastic!), then head over to Hick Country and say Howdy!
I met Rachel at Blog Elevated last year – turns out we live in the same city, not ten minutes from each other. I definitely don’t have her recipe prowess, but I do like to do home decor related DIY projects (which I usually feature over on my blog – hickcountry.com).
My house is pretty rustic themed – and given that Rachel is definitely a southern girl, I asked if she thought her readers would be interested in my latest project – some DIY wall lanterns that I made from mason jars. And here we are, LOL, so let’s get to it!
What you’ll need
- Planks of wood (or large pallet boards) cut to leave a bit of room above the hook and a bit of room below where the mason jar will hang once completed. Based on the size of the mason jars I was using, my wood planks were 5 1/2″ x 16″ in size)
- 4″ plant hanger hooks (I’m pretty specific about using brushed bronze whenever possible, so I bought these hooks from Amazon)
- Wood stain and stain applicator (the stain I used was Dark Walnut from Minwax)
- A candle for each lantern – the color choice will be based on your decor – I chose a pastel green
- Stones to place under the candles in each lantern – I used these small mixed river rock stones that I got from Hobby Lobby
- Two mason jars – the size is up to you (I used 32 ounce jars)
- An awl or nail punch tool
- Heavy duty twine (available at any craft store)
- A package of Ook smalltooth steel hangers that can hold up to 20 pounds that I got from Home Depot (see picture later below)
Prepping the wood
As I mentioned, I was going for a rustic wood, so the first step was to distress the two planks that I was using. There are several ways to do this – I simply use a broken garden shovel, an awl (to create wormholes) and an old door handle – hitting the wood randomly with each until you get a “beat up” effect.
(Please keep in mind that I have no where near the photography talent that Rachel does.)
I then stained the wood with the Dark Walnut stain and set it out to dry overnight.
Mounting the hardware
It’s actually important that you do this step before creating the lanterns to ensure that they hang where you want them to when completed. I decided where I was going to place the hooks and then installed the BACK sawtooth hanger hardware first. Then I mounted the hooks to the front of the wood. I should note that the screws that came with the plant hanger were too long for the plank, so I used some smaller screws that I had laying around.
Creating the lanterns
I used the awl to put two holes in the top of each mason jar lid. You want to ensure these are directly across from each other horizontally or they’ll hang funny. Once I had the holes in place, I cut enough twine to put a double layer of twine into each hole and knot it on the underside of the mason jar lid. In fact, I did two extremely tight double knots for each hole.
The length the twine needs to be to do this will vary based on the size of the wood you’re using, where you placed the hooks and how big the mason jar is. I simple put the twine through one hold, did a tight double knot and then put the twine through the other hole and placed the twin over the hook so see what length I needed to place the mason jar where I wanted it when it hung on the hook.
PLEASE NOTE: I have no intention of ever lighting these candles, so I used twine. If you plan on ever lighting them, YOU WILL NEED TO USE SOMETHING METAL (like an accessory chain for lights or planters – see a ton of different options here) to hang the lanterns versus using twine because twine is not fire resistant – it’s the opposite, LOL.
Once the mason jars were ready to hang, I filled each one about a fourth of the way with rocks, placed the candles on top of the rock bed and then put a few more rocks in to “bury” half of the candle.
Then I hung each plank on the wall using a nail and hung the mason jars. I was pretty pleased with the end result!
I hope y’all enjoyed the post!