Whew! That’s quite a longwinded title! But trust me, this little how to is far from difficult.
The dog days of Summer are fast approaching, and I’m sure you’re dreaming of long evenings outdoors as much as I am. Long evenings outside demand some dreamy lighting, so I’m here today with this fun craft:
Cute, right? I have to confess, I didn’t come up with this entirely on my own, as the inspiration came from Pinterest (hello, fellow Pinterest addicts!), but the design is completely my own.
So, with that out of the way, here’s the how-to.
What you’ll need for this project:
- A piece of driftwood (at least 2.5-3ft long, longer if using larger Mason jars)
- 3-5 small Mason jars (need not be actual Mason jars, as you can see)
- Screw-on hooks
- Picture hanging wire
- Wire cutter
- Tea light candles (preferably no-flame, battery powered ones; these ones from Amazon are nice, since they come with a remote)
- Ceiling mounted hook (not pictured)
All right, let’s get started.
Step one will be to cut down the twine. You’ll want a 2ft segment for each jar. More than likely you’ll end up cutting off some extra, but this length makes it easier to work with.
Once your twine is all cut, you’ll need to tie one end to the jar. Wrap it under the bottom of the lid lines, so that it doesn’t slip off.
Next, you’ll take the rest of the twine and wrap it a couple of times around the driftwood. Knot it if you wish, but that isn’t necessary. Leave about a foot of twine between the driftwood and the jar, so that it hangs down. You can make it longer or shorter depending on your preference. Also make sure to leave several inches free at the end, so you can screw the hooks in.
After that, take the other end of the twine and tie it around the jar again, making sure that the knots are on opposite ends of each other. This ensures that the jar hangs evenly. You should be able to adjust this fairly easily, especially if your jars are tapered.
Repeat the last three steps with all of the jars. You can leave the hanging lengths even so that your jars hang in a straight row, or stagger them like I did to make a pyramid shape. Also remember to leave some space in between the jars so that they don’t bump into each other; 2 inches or so should be enough.
Your next step is to screw those hooks in. Leave an inch or two off the end.
Then, tie the picture hanging wire onto the hooks. You can make the wire long or short, depending on how far down you want the driftwood to be from the ceiling.
Your last step is to put the candles in, and you’re done!
Hook it onto a hook wherever your heart desires (I put ours on our porch).
Let the porch parties begin!