Take advantage of summer evenings and make these DIY #Americana outdoor hanging lanterns! #easycrafting #interiordesign

DIY Americana Backyard Lanterns

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Here in the hot sunny desert of Southern Arizona we take full advantage of the cooler summer evenings. Once the blaring sun has set my backyard is primed and ready for impromptu gatherings, sprinkler-fests and more. 

Take advantage of summer evenings and make these DIY #Americana outdoor hanging lanterns! #easycrafting #interiordesign

One of the things you may not know about me is that I am cheap. Not in the sense I won’t spend money, but just that I like to create things for my home that look more expensive than they actually are. I am excited to share one of those “cheaper but fancy looking”  projects with all of you. 

Take advantage of summer evenings and make these DIY #Americana outdoor hanging lanterns! #easycrafting #interiordesign

Outdoor lighting is one of the things I use to help set the perfect outdoor summer evening environment, and so take a look at these outdoor “Americana” lanterns that I made entirely with supplies from the Dollar Tree!

Take advantage of summer evenings and make these DIY #Americana outdoor hanging lanterns! #easycrafting #interiordesign

Take advantage of summer evenings and make these DIY #Americana outdoor hanging lanterns! #easycrafting #interiordesign

Like I mentioned, absolutely everything for these lantern lights came from the Dollar Tree. In fact, the idea and purchases for it were kind of spur-of-the-moment as I was at the Dollar Tree shopping for summer crafting items for my children. I knew though when I saw those hanging mason jars that they would be a perfect addition to our backyard summer-time decorations.

Take advantage of summer evenings and make these DIY #Americana outdoor hanging lanterns! #easycrafting #interiordesign

These lanterns can be hung up on a porch or balcony. They can also be used on tables, walls or along walk-ways and backyard paths. Here is everything you need to make them.

Materials

Hanging mason jars or regular mason jars from the Dollar Tree

A small package of colored sand. I used sparkly white, but there were plenty of colors to chose from.

Decorative burlap ribbon

Tea lights-LED or regular version

Glue gun

Directions

Add in about a 1/4 cup of sand to your mason jar. I did this step first so I could gauge where I wanted the ribbon and candle to be. I wanted the light to be muted and also wanted the ribbon to cover most of the actual candle.

Take advantage of summer evenings and make these DIY #Americana outdoor hanging lanterns! #easycrafting #interiordesign

Next take your ribbon and measure around the outside of the jar so that it fits one time completely enough so that you can glue the two ends in a closed loop on the back of the jar.

Take advantage of summer evenings and make these DIY #Americana outdoor hanging lanterns! #easycrafting #interiordesign

Take advantage of summer evenings and make these DIY #Americana outdoor hanging lanterns! #easycrafting #interiordesign

Now you can add in your light. There are a couple of options for this. If you are worried about fire hazards or have young children the LED lights might be the best choice for you.

Take advantage of summer evenings and make these DIY #Americana outdoor hanging lanterns! #easycrafting #interiordesign

I used both options and liked the look with both of them. So really either candle you chose is a win-win!

Take advantage of summer evenings and make these DIY #Americana outdoor hanging lanterns! #easycrafting #interiordesign

Take advantage of summer evenings and make these DIY #Americana outdoor hanging lanterns! #easycrafting #interiordesign



See how easy it was to make these cute lanterns?!

Take advantage of summer evenings and make these DIY #Americana outdoor hanging lanterns! #easycrafting #interiordesign

I put them out last night and loved how they looked.

Take advantage of summer evenings and make these DIY #Americana outdoor hanging lanterns! #easycrafting #interiordesign

Happy Summering and thanks for popping in!

Take advantage of summer evenings and make these DIY #Americana outdoor hanging lanterns! #easycrafting #interiordesign



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Jen

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Comments

  1. Omg, these are perfect for 4th of July and you know how much I love Mason Jar Crafts. Pinned and totally making these now :)

  2. They’re perfect! Perfect! And I don’t think you’re cheap! I think you’re frugal and wise.

      1. Hello again Jen. Nice to meet you too

        Woww. Its been a while
        I miss you so much

        I will be back again to read other awesome articles just like my awesome friend

        Best Wishes

        Asep Haryono
        INDONESIA

  3. Your backyard/pool area is paradise! I have been saving almond butter jars for outdoor hanging candle holders, but I had not thought of adding any decorations to the jars, so now I am thinking I will try to find something to add to the jars.
    Happy spring,
    Kippi

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