While entertaining alfresco this season, these simple floating jar votives suspended from garden hooks make for that perfect final patio touch, offering an inviting, soft glow that keeps the gathering going long into the evening.
For this project we picked from a handful of mismatched empty mason jars that have stacked up around the house. The varied sizes lend to that overall rustic appeal. We love how they can easily be transferred indoors or out, depending on where you’re entertaining. Use them for a summer party, upcoming wedding or a respite with the family over a glass of wine.
1. Separate the bands from the lids and drill equidistant holes near the base of each band (we used a 7/64-inch bit).
2. Using wire cutters, snip 8-inch long strips from clock chain and attach through the holes in the jar bands using pliers, to create hanging handles. We used #5 sized clock chain, because it’s sturdy for holding the weight of the jars while still giving off a delicate feel. We found it at our local hardware store in the same aisle as regular chain and jack chain, which could just as easily be used for this project.
3. Twist bands around the jar mouths to secure, creating a hanging mason jar.
4. Fill jars about halfway with water, drop tea lights inside to float and light to create an instantly glowing group of mason jar votives. Cluster and use them just like this for an inviting indoor or outdoor centerpiece.
5. Suspend jars from garden hooks secured along a fence as hanging lanterns.
What you will Need
Ball, 1/2 Pint (8 oz), Regular Mouth, Mason Canning Jars, 12-Pack 60000
Dare Wire Cutters 2290
Candle-Lite Tealight 50 ct. White 1261595
Genesis 18V Cordless Drill/Driver Kit GCD18BK
It’s that time of year again! Fall is approaching and all the beautiful colors will be coming out. Our stores are stocking up on mums and pumpkins. You can use them alone to decorate the house or you can spice things up and create some fun in your family.
All you need are some pumpkins and some paint for these candy colored pumpkins!
Get the kids to gather up some leaves and let them dry. Then spray paint the leaves and paint the pumpkin a different color then glue on the leaves. You can also use the pumpkins as planters for your mums!
It’s going to be a fun and beautiful fall season with these decorations!
Looking for a sophisticated way to celebrate autumn or don’t want to carve your pumpkin? There are plenty of ways to feature fall’s “mascot” without the traditional triangle-carved eyes and toothy grin–you can paint your pumpkin using leaf stencils or actual leaves to create a lovely display.
- Sand the pumpkin. Using a light sandpaper, create a smooth surface on the pumpkin by applying sandpaper to its skin. Rub lightly, in a circular fashion, to eliminate any bumps or imperfections on the pumpkin’s skin.
- Clean the pumpkin. Remove sanded debris and/or any dirt the pumpkin may still have on its skin. Using a damp paper towel, wipe down the pumpkin until it is completely clean. Make sure the gourd is completely dry before painting.
- Apply a thin coat of paint sealer to the entire pumpkin. This will prevent the paint from flaking off the pumpkin once you’ve created your design. Allow ample time to dry or refer to the paint for dry time suggestions.
- Apply your stencil to the pumpkin. Depending on how you approach this task, you can either trace the stencil on the pumpkin or pin it in place. If you plan to pin it in place, you will most likely elect to simply paint directly over the stencil. This may work best if you plan to use actual leaves (make sure they are completely dry before use).
- Paint your pumpkin. Use the stencil as your guide to paint your pumpkin. You could paint around the pre-traced stencil with one color and then use a different color inside the stencil–or leave in its natural, orange state. Allow the first color to dry before applying the second color.
- Add a clear top coat to seal your work. Once the paint has completely dried (this could take 24 to 48 hours depending on where the pumpkin is sitting to dry) apply a thin layer of the top coat sealant to ensure your work stays put. Allow sealant to dry before displaying your pumpkin.
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Are you looking for a simple way to update your decor for Spring? Follow the instruction below to spruce up your home with Spring crafts!
Let me tell you how to make beautiful Spring decorations
Great for decorating anywhere!
You will only need 5 simple items:
- Mason Jars
- Spray paint (any color)
- Potting soil
- Flowers (seeds of your choice)
- Permanent marker (any color)
Take any size mason jar and spray paint it any color you choose preferably out side. Let dry over night. Next day rise and shine!Take a permanant marker of your color and create designs or quotes on your Mason Jar. Be Creative!! You will then fill your Mason jar 3/4 of the way full with potting soil. Apply seeds as directed on the back of the package. You will then need to fill the rest of the jar with soil to cover the seeds about 2 inches. Water as directed on flower pack and watch your spring flowers grow!
Example of a design on Mason Jar
I always struggle after the Holidays on how to decorate the outside of my house. Right now, you can still keep up the snowman decorations, but that is about it. After I went exploring a little bit, I found a Shotgun Shell Wreath, which I believe would look great hanging on a door during any season. You buy a Shotgun Shell Wreath online, how about using a little creativity and making one yourself. It would be “one of a kind” to your own home decorations.
- 100-200 Shotgun Shells (Depending on how full you are wanting your wreath to look.)
*** You can purchase Shotgun Ammo at any Rural King Store Location except online. There is a greater variety of Shotgun Ammo at Rural King Store Locations that have a Gun Barn.
- 6′ Long Piece of Foam Tubing (Purchase a any Local Hardware/Plumbing Store)
- Hot Glue Gun
- Hot Glue Sticks
- Duct Tape
Instructions for Assembly of your Shotgun Shell Wreath:
- Begin by cutting the Foam Tubing to the desire length you will want your wreath.
- Connect the two ends of the Foam Tubing with Duct Tape.
- Now it is time to begin the placing of the Shotgun Shells on your wreath. You will need to have your hot glue gun warmed up with the Hot Glue Stick melted and ready to use.
- Add the Shotgun Shells by placing the Hot Glue on the shell and holding it on the Foam Tubing for 1-2 Minutes. Keep on repeating this step until your have the fullness of the wreath you are wanting.
(Optional) – Now you can decorate your Shotgun Shell Wreath, but adding anything you would like. Example: Burlap Bow, Evergreen Stem, Berry Garland, Pine Cones, etc.