Craft Ideas for Adults | 1 June 2016DIY Moroccan Lantern Trio Share article facebook twitter google pinterest If you’re as obsessed with mason jars as we are, you know that they have endless uses. Glassware, storage, soap dispensers, and even lanterns, you name it…a mason jar can do it. Add a pop of color to your outdoor decor with these Moroccan lantern’s from Mason Jar Nation! Mason jar fans everywhere know what the color “Ball blue” looks like. You can find examples of it in just about every antique shop in the United States. Colors like amethyst and peridot, on the other hand, are much more rare. And if you do find one for sale, its price might make you squirm. Luckily, there are less-expensive alternatives out there for lovers of colorful jars, for in 2013, Ball released the first in its Heritage Collection, which was a lovely blue pint jar. Spring green and purple followed the next two years. Other glass manufacturers jumped on board and started producing jars in varying colors. These, along with the Ball Heritage jars, can be found in craft stores and even big box stores. Supplies – Paper lace – metallic if you can find it, but you can also spray-paint white paper lace with metallic spray paint, as was done in this project – E6000 spray adhesive – Quart-size, wide-mouth jars, the more colorful the better – 14-gauge gold wire – Wire cutters – Needle-nose pliers – Battery-operated candles Making Your Lantern Trio 1. Spray-paint the paper lace, if necessary. 2. Spray E6000 to the back side of the lace and center it on the jars. (I applied lace to both the front and back of the jars in this project.) 3. With the wire cutter, cut two lengths of wire (one at 14″ and another at 16″) for each lantern you’re making. With your hands, bend both wires into U shapes the approximate size of the jar’s neck. With the needle-nose pliers, bend both ends of the 16″ wire to form eyelets approximately 3?8″ around. 4. Thread an eyelet onto each end of the shorter U-shaped wire, and slip the entire assembly onto the jar’s neck. 5. Twist the free ends of the U-shaped wire with the pliers until snug around the neck of the jar. Bend the twist down toward the bottom of the jar for safety reasons. 6. Finally, add a battery-operated candle to each lantern to set a Moroccan mood. Buy from an Online Retailer US: UK: Learn how to make more than 50 Mason jar projects, including luminaries, planters, and upcycled art, in this eagerly anticipated book for DIYers! Mason Jar Nation begins by exploring the Mason jar’s impact on America since its 1858 patent. Prior to the jar’s invention, settlers had no reliable and safe way to store food for the winter, which required them to travel great lengths in difficult conditions and obtain expensive canned goods in order to survive. With its hermetically sealable two-piece lid and thick glass sides, the Mason jar changed the way mid-nineteenth century Americans fed their families. Although the popularity of the jars ebbed significantly from the 1950s until the turn of the century, interest in them has exploded in the past few years. Ball, the biggest brand name in Mason jars today, has seen its sales double since 2001. Younger generations, including Millenials, have adopted the iconic jars as emblems of a more sustainable time. The humble Mason jar has been “discovered” as a versatile and beautiful material for creating craft items such as chandeliers, luminaries, planters, containers, and upcycled art. The second half of Mason Jar Nation features over 50 of these adaptations, shown with clear photography, all designed and photographed by author JoAnn Moser, the “DIY Maven.” Readers who appreciate American cultural history, making fun and affordable crafts, and Mason jars themselves will love this new book and its tall, narrow shape that’s based on the proportions of the classic Mason jar. Share article facebook twitter google pinterest If you have any comments on this article please contact us or get in touch via social media.