The summer is a great time to enjoy the outdoors, and perhaps one of the most enjoyable long weekends that we all look forward to in the US is July 4th. From cookouts to fireworks, there are so many things to do. Here’s one way that you can get into the spirit and light up your outdoor living space – Red, White, and Blue jar lanterns. Upcycle some larger jars and create the perfect ambiance for any outdoor gathering this summer.
What You’ll Need:1 set of BrightTouch lights per lantern. I used three to make one of each color – red, white, and blue.
Glitter in any of the three colors, or as I used, silver.
Mod Podge and a brush to apply it.
Tulle or other ‘see-through’ fabric. Tulle works best. Get it in the color of the lights you are using.
A large jar. I used pickle jars.
Additional decorations such as glittery stars or spray glitter or anything else you’d like.
What to do:
The first thing you need to do is to cut the tulle or other fabric that you have into smaller lengths that you can use to twist with the lights. The brighttouch strands are 33 feet long, so remember that when you are purchasing your fabric. You don’t need 33 feet of fabric, as you can wrap it multiple times around one piece, but you also want to make sure you have enough so that it is an equal balance between fabric and lights.
Tie one end of the tulle to the end of the copper wire lights and begin twisting the two around each other. When you get to the end of one piece of fabric, use the wire to clamp it in place and begin with another piece. Do this until the entire length of lights are wrapped around and in the tulle.
Carefully start feeding the lights wrapped around the tulle into the glass jar. Be careful not to stuff it down in there, but to let it rest so that it fills the entire jar. If it looks bad or you just don’t like it, then don’t be afraid to pull it out and start over again.
Prepare a place to get messy. I used an old pie pan. Cover the jar’s lid in mod podge and then liberally sprinkle glitter all over. Be sure not to forget the sides. If you miss a spot, just put some mod podge over the spot and re-sprinkle with glitter. Let this dry completely before continuing.
Put the lid on the jar so that the black wire is the only bit of the lights sticking out. I had no trouble putting the lid on over the small wire, so I did not have to put a hole in the lid.
Place your lantern or lanterns outside and run the black wire into the house where you can plug it in. While the lights are waterproof, the plug itself needs to be protected from the elements. Wait until nightfall and viola! You’ll have a beautiful decoration that really will light up your yard and be the envy of the neighborhood.