Saturday, November 10, 2012

Turn a New/Used Mason Jar into a Lantern ~ Wire Handle Tutorial

Turn a New/Used Mason Jar into a Lantern ~ Wire Handle Tutorial
Mason Jar Lantern Holiday Decals
We recently had our Wards Super Saturday. One of the hot items were a frosted Mason jar that had a wire handle and vinyl lettering. We had a hard time creating a good handle during the event. So I came up with a good way to attach a wire handle that was sturdy and easy to put on.

16 Gauge Construction wire ( I found mine at Lowes by the rebar)
Wide Mouth or Regular Mason Jar
Needle Nose Pliers with wire cutter

Wire length for Wide Mouth Jar is 4 Feet
Regular Mouth Mason Jar 3 1/2 Feet
Bend wire in half and make a small loop.
Start to bend loop end into a handle shape and twist wire as you go. Once you have the shape and height of handle you want take your pliers and do a small tight twist.
Once you have a small twist...spread wires straight to each side. Then have handle wire straddle the top of the jar and place twisted side tight to jar. Start to wrap each wire around jar until you come to the opposite side with the loop end of the handle.
Cris Cross the ends and do a single twist making sure the wires are under bottom thread where the lid screws on.

Then place both wire ends through loop of handle and pull tight. Make a single twist.
Wrap ends around jar until you come to other side. Your ends should start to get shorter. Cris Cross ends on the inside of the handle and wrap around outside of handle knot.
Take pliers and do 3-4 final twists
Trim ends so they are not too long to curl.
Use pliers to grab tip of wire end and curl it around the pliers nose. Release and get a new grip farther down the wire and keep going until it is curled all the way to twist. Adjust by pulling or pushing with pliers.

Now your ready to frost glass jar and attach vinyl or fill with lights or whatever.

The ONLY place I found this frosting spray was at Lowe's. It is a Valspar Brand. I did 20 jars with 1 can!
The BEST place to get vinyl is from by Janae Anderson.
These vinyls are on sale right now for $2....regularly $5
Here is the Link to her shop

                                     Mason Jar Lantern Holiday Decals

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