Make a Pretty Hanging Lantern With Jordan Reid of Ramshackle Glam

I have a major thing for blue mason jars. I use them for everything – drinking glasses, vases, makeup brush storage – but one of my absolute favorite ways to incorporate them into my home décor is by transforming them into hanging lanterns and then filling them with votive candles or wildflowers and strewing them around my garden.

hanging blue mason jars

This DIY decor is so easy anyone can do it. To get started, watch this video to learn how to dye a mason jar blue quickly and easily. Of course, you can also make a lantern using a clear mason jar. Once you’ve dyed your mason jar (or if you decide to use a clear one), here’s how to make the lantern–with step-by-step photos!


Mason jar

Needle-nose pliers (I just used my fingers to bend the wire, but if you use pliers you’ll get a neater result)

Wire (I used 18 gauge because I like the look of thicker wire, but 22 gauge would be slightly easier to work with)

Wire cutters



1. Start by pulling out a bit of wire – about 8-10″, and then leave the end hanging and loop the wire a few times around a pencil.
hanging blue mason jars

2. Remove the pencil and give the wire a twist to hold the loop in place.

hanging blue mason jars

3. Bring back your 8-10″ end to meet the wire on the opposite side of the jar (securing the wire under the lip), and twist the two pieces together.

hanging blue mason jars

4. If you have enough wire left on your 8-10″ piece to bring it back around to meet your loop, do that (I like the look of the doubled wire). If you don’t, cut it neatly and tuck in the end (for safety).

hanging blue mason jars

5. Hook your loose end into the loop, and neatly trim off any remnant with the wire cutters.

Note: You can always give the loops on either side another twist with needle-nose pliers to tighten things up. You can see that because I was using my fingers to do everything the wire isn’t particularly tight around the lip of the jar; if you do the same, just be certain that it’s at least tight enough that the jar won’t fall out.

6. Now go back to the other side, where you have the rest of your length of wire waiting for you. Pull out enough to make about a 4″ handle, and then pull out an inch or two more.

hanging blue mason jars

7. Hook the end of the wire through your loop and cut off any loose pieces. That’s it!

hanging blue mason jars

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