Making the most of old jam jars

PUBLISHED: 11:23 16 September 2014 | UPDATED: 11:23 16 September 2014

Jam Jar Lanterns/Posy Jars

Jam Jar Lanterns/Posy Jars


This month, Cherry Menlove, the lifestyle blogger and founder of an eponymous homeware shop, gives instructions for making the best of your old jam jars

What you will need

• Clean glass food jars or Mason Jars

• Washi tape or Cath Kidston tape

• Scissors

• Crafting wire

• Wire cutters

• Raffia



1 Start with a clean, dry glass jar that has a flat surface. Remove all label or glue residues, otherwise the Washi tape will have lumps in it and will not stick well.

2 Stick the Washi tape around the outside of the jars. Follow the same line so that the tape meets up in the middle. I chose to have three stripes of Washi tape as I was using larger jars, but choose a design that you like that suits you. You can stick it around the circumference of the jar or even make vertical stripes.

3 Wrap the crafting wire around the neck of the jar once and secure it in the middle. Next, make a wire handle loop by tying a piece of crafting wire to the wire already attached to the neck of the jar.

4 Tie a length of raffia around the neck of the jar. This covers up the wire and adds a nice decorative touch.

5 Use tealights to light the lanterns.

6 When you are not using the jars as lanterns, fill them with fresh water and some cut flowers from the garden. I often hang mine from the top of my kitchen cabinets as I like to have a lot of flowers in the house.


Cherry Menlove, Modern English, Country Living™;


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