Sunday, August 5, 2012

Garden party

It's so sunny out and all I really want to do is have a garden party in a flowwy sundress and drink a mint julep or something. Hopefully I'll be able to throw something like that together before summer is over, so I've started considering how best to decorate such an occasion (since that's what I do best). I've been wanting to make some lanterns to hang in my window and on the patio so I thought that they would work great to decorate my potential soiree too!I made a few trips to the Sal (Salvation army), target, and the beach during the week and then went to work on a few lanterns yesterday evening.

What you'll need:

  • various sized pretty glass containers (they will serve as the case of the lanterns so make sure to get some with a lip at the top or something that will be easy to string twine around , a mason jar for example)
  • tea candles
  • twine or string 
  • pebbles or shells
  • craft beer (we chose some Lagunitas :3 )

So here's what you're gonna be using! The first thing to do is choose a glass container and put the tea candle inside, I recommend using some wall putty (like the weird stuff you used to stick glow-in-the-dark stars to your ceiling when you were a kid)to keep the candle stuck in place inside the jar. Then you should fill it with however much of whatever you want until it looks nice. I used little filler pebbles and then some shell fragments that I collected at the beach on Friday.

(photos I'm in: credit to Vinnie Maurillo)

Then use your twine to wrap the top of the jar and create a hanger of sorts so you can hang your lantern! Or, if you choose to use a larger mason jar, or even a vase, try using a taller candle and more pebbles and use it as a table light.

Now light them up and do something nice outside in the candlelight!


  1. I'd recommend using wire instead of twine. The heat could burn the twine. But I love this idea.

    1. I was thinking the same thing last night after I hung them all up! Got some copper wire to use instead! thanks for the recommendation :)