Wednesday, September 4, 2013

DIY Mason Jar/Paper Lanterns

I, being a hostess-with-the-mostest, love to throw parties.  Especially ones in my new "real" home.  So, when my TH's fire fighter themed "off of probation" party (more to come on that later) was planned for mid August, I knew I wanted it to be amazing!  Not only to celebrate all his hard work, but also our new home!

Our backyard was where the party was to take place and knowing the amount of friends and family that were attending, I had a feeling it would go well into the night.  With that said, I started to wonder what I would do for lighting since all we have going on now is a back porch light.  I always have an abundance of mason jars, so I just decided I would place them on each table and have them stand in (around the snacks of course) as centerpieces as opposed to flowers.

DIY Mason Jar/Paper Lanterns
DIY Mason Jar/Paper Lanterns

Even better, I already had boxes of candles left over from my wedding...score!  I love not having to go out and buy anything...but wait...the candles are light and delicate pink.  No, no, no, that just won't do for a fire fighter party.  So, this thriving wife put on her thinking cap, went to the gift wrapping drawer and pulled out some tissue paper, red to be excact.

DIY Mason Jar/Paper Lanterns

Using just a small mason jar, scotch tape (both regular and double sided), recycled tissue paper (from Christmas mind you), baker's twine and a candle, I whipped out some very fire fighter-ish themed, red mason jar paper lanterns.

Step 1: Cut the tissue paper into equal parts and fold in half.  Place the mason jar face down in the center of the paper.

DIY Mason Jar/Paper Lanterns

Step 2: Pull one side tight and tape down with regular ugly tape (it will be covered).

DIY Mason Jar/Paper Lanterns

Step 3: Place double stick tape on the end of the other side of the tissue paper, pull tight and stick.

DIY Mason Jar/Paper Lanterns

Step 4: Stand it up and grab your baker's twine. Wrap it around in the top grooves of the jar and tie in a small bow.

DIY Mason Jar/Paper Lanterns
DIY Mason Jar/Paper Lanterns

Step 5: Drop in a candle...you're done!

DIY Mason Jar/Paper Lanterns

DIY Mason Jar/Paper Lanterns

The jars worked perfectly as not only a great centerpiece for tables, but also providing some lovely romantic lighting in the evening!  The best part of it all?  Not spending a dime!




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