Painted Mini Hanging Lanterns/Vases

Posted by Meghan Quinones

I always think it's a shame to throw away glass jars. I don't know, maybe I am weird but I always think there HAS to be a project where you could use them! I guess this week I was on a mission to save jars from going to the landfill. So, I turned Miles' baby food jars into bright Springy lanterns/vases!

I used my trusty Martha Stewart Deep Edge Punch as a stencil. I then paired my stencil with some vibrant Martha Stewart Gloss Opaque Glass Paints. To pull my little jars together, I added wire so they can be hung. I then finished the look with some raffia (you can never go wrong with raffia!).

Here'e what you'll need:

- Old Jars (I used Miles' old baby food jars!)
- Wire
- Martha Stewart Gloss Opaque Glass Paint
- Martha Stewart Deep Edge Punch (or any border punch/stencil you have)
- Goo Gone
- Paper
- Pliers
- Paint Dauber
- Washi Tape

Let's get crafty!

Step 1: Remove the label from your jar. I ran mine under hot water, then removed any remaining glue with Goo Gone.

Step 2: Tape your border to your jar.

Step 3: Pour a little bit of paint out and put your dauber in it (be careful not to over saturate your dauber). Begin pouncing over your stencil.

Step 4: After you have gone all the way around your jar, remove your stencil and let your jar dry.

Step 5: Once your paint is dry, wrap your wire around the top of your jar. Twist the two ends together and trim them down.

Step 5: Cut a piece of wire that is 10 inches long. Put one end of your wire under the wire around your jar and bend it up 3/4 inch. Twist the ends together and trim. Repeat this step on the other side of your jar. Then, to finish it off, wrap a piece of raffia around the top of your jar and tie a knot. That's it!