Make it Tonight! Glowing Glass Jar Party Lights

Written by Patricia A. Ziegler

Let these festive glass jar party lights set a magical mood at your next outdoor gathering! They cost very little, last for years, and are so quick and easy to do, you'll want to make several, all in different colors.

Here's what you'll need for each:

  • empty glass jar
  • approximately 7 feet of 20-gauge copper or brass wire
  • short length of 22-gauge wire
  • electric drill
  • pliers
  • large cup hook with long shank
  • glass stain paints
  • short, fat candle
  • approx. 1/2 cup of sand
How to Do It:
  1. Looprepparttar 7-foot length of 20-gauge wire into a circle. Hookrepparttar 116197 two ends together with pliers.
  2. Bendrepparttar 116198 wire circle in half withrepparttar 116199 join centered on one long end.
  3. Placerepparttar 116200 wire circle overrepparttar 116201 neck ofrepparttar 116202 jar belowrepparttar 116203 lip, with about three feet extending on either side, andrepparttar 116204 joined area up againstrepparttar 116205 neck ofrepparttar 116206 jar.
  4. Usingrepparttar 116207 pliers, twistrepparttar 116208 left-hand loop tight againstrepparttar 116209 neck ofrepparttar 116210 jar.
  5. Insertrepparttar 116211 cup hook intorepparttar 116212 drill.
  6. Holdingrepparttar 116213 wire firmly againstrepparttar 116214 neck ofrepparttar 116215 jar, sliprepparttar 116216 right-hand loop overrepparttar 116217 cup hook. Pullingrepparttar 116218 loop taut, run drill at its lowest speed. Allowrepparttar 116219 wire to twist tightly up torepparttar 116220 neck ofrepparttar 116221 jar.
  7. Repeat with left-hand loop.
  8. Bendrepparttar 116222 two twisted loops straight up aboverepparttar 116223 jar. Takerepparttar 116224 piece of 22-gauge wire and tierepparttar 116225 loops together about 4 inches fromrepparttar 116226 ends.
  9. Use pliers to shaperepparttar 116227 4-inch ends into coils, spirals or any interesting shape. See illustration.
Get Creative:

Make-it-Yourself Flower Pot Wind Chimes

Written by Patricia A. Ziegler

These natural-looking flower pot wind chimes will add a touch of charm to any porch or breezeway. They are simple to make, and can be left out in all weathers. Best of all, they cost you nearly nothing!

Here's all you need:

  1. Five clay flowerpots in varying sizes, none larger than 4 inches diameter (you may already have a few of these lying aroundrepparttar yard!)
  2. Wooden beads (fromrepparttar 116196 crafts store). For a complete set of chimes, you will need five beads of 3/4 inches diameter, and ten beads of 5/8 inch diameter.
  3. Two or three plastic salad container covers (fromrepparttar 116197 salad bar).
  4. Five one-inch plastic curtain rings (Bates makes these of Luxite, and a package of 15 sells for about $1.35.)
  5. Stained glass paints in varying colors (optional), also fromrepparttar 116198 crafts store.
  6. Approximately 15 yards of nylon or polypropylene garden twine.


If your pots have been aroundrepparttar 116199 block a few times, you might need to give them a bath. Scrub them with hot soapy water and a stiff brush. After they have dried, check their physical condition by tapping gently with a fingernail. A clean, dry, undamaged pot will reward you with a resonant ring.

Now is a good time (while you are waiting for your pots to dry) to cut your plastic rectangles. Fromrepparttar 116200 salad container covers, cut one each of these sizes:

  • 2" x 6"
  • 2" x 5 1-2"
  • 2" x 5"
  • 2" x 4 1-2"
  • 2" x 4"
Drill a small hole in one short end of each rectangle. Stain these, if desired, withrepparttar 116201 glass stain paint, following manufacturer's directions.


For each chime, set aside:

  • one flower pot
  • one 3/4 inch wooden bead (this will serve asrepparttar 116202 clapper)
  • two 5/8 inch wooden beads
  • one curtain ring
  • one plastic rectangle (matched by size torepparttar 116203 pot)
  • one piece of garden twine, about 3 yards long


  1. If necessary, separate your piece of twine into one ply, and tie one end torepparttar 116204 plastic curtain ring. Leave about 10 inches free to allow for later adjustment.

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