I used to have some cute outdoor lanterns on the porch, but after just two seasons, they got all rusted and were falling apart – and they were supposed to be outdoor lanterns! So this season, I needed a better solution and happened to have one sitting right on my pantry shelf – a half gallon quart mason jar. Isn’t it cute?
It’s so easy to put together. All you need is a quart mason jar, a couple of packages of medium-sized jingle bells and a battery operated candle. Fill the jar halfway with bells, tuck in the candle, and you’re all set. You can find battery operated candles that have remotes or can be set to a timer to make it easier to turn on and off. I’m thinking about a adding a length of red ribbon to the top for a little extra pop of color.
If you’re looking for a cute, affordable lantern option that’s suitable for either indoor or outdoor use, mason jars are the answer!