Sunday, June 6, 2010

Cute Jar Lanterns

Thanks to one of Mom's friends from work, we obtained a lot of new recycled stuff for today's project, and more to come. He gave us a ton of things that we could pick and choose from so we were very excited. For the first project we chose to use an old pasta sauce container to make a candle votive lantern. Here is a picture of the final product we had hanging on our porch.With the flash of the camera it is hard to see that they are lit but they are.

  Here is another picture without the flash, so that you can see them glowing.

Recycled Clean Pasta Jar Containers
Votive Candle
A Recycled Cable Wire that you do not use anymore
Wire Clippers
Utility Knife
Pebbles, Rocks, Marbles, Shells, or anything that can be put at the bottom of the holder

The first step in this project is to separate the copper wires inside of the old cable. How we did this was we used the utility knife to cut a little slit in the white plastic until we saw that colorful copper wires underneath. We then pulled them away from the white and they come loose pretty easily. This part is defiantly not for kids because of the big razor or knife that is used.
Now when you open up the cable you notice that there are usually different colors of wire underneath. We had four different colors and they were green, brown, orange, and purple. For our two lanterns we used the orange, brown, and purple. To measure how much of the wire that you need, you should wrap the wire around the top of your jar at least four times. This will ensure that you have enough to make it secure and make your loops to hang it with. You will also need about one and a half separate wraps of either the same color or a different one in order to make the hanger.

The next step is to wrap as tightly as you can the wire around the mouth of the jar. We wrapped it around 3 times, and then made sure it was tight, because you don't want your jar falling.

After you have it wrapped you then, make loops like shown above. Make two that are on opposite sides of one another. Make Sure that if you lift your jar up by the loops that they are balanced because if they are not the jar will lean.
After the two loops are finished you then will make a little hanger to go into your two loops, to hang the jars up with. Use the one and a half extra wire that you cut to make the hanger.
After that fill with the stones, pebbles or whatever you got to go on the bottom, put the candle in and Voila a cute Votive candle holder!

By the way the box in the back is all of our new recycled materials for crafts in the future, YEA!!!!

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