Project of the Day: Rainbow Jar Chandelier

The hubby and I have made the 16 hour trek to Missouri to visit my family. I decided that car rides are great for knitting and listening to audiobooks, and that’s about it. Blech.

Anywho, being here with my parents and 4 siblings makes for a pretty busy schedule, so I’m not actually doing a project every day, but I’ll try to post as often as possible.

This little beauty was created with the help of my youngest sis, Roo (not her real name :).  It’ll stay in MO to adorn her bedroom, but as always, you can purchase one from my Etsy store if you like!

Rainbow Jar Chandelier

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One day I’ll buy a decent camera and learn about this mystical thing called “lighting.”

Materials:

Small lidded jars

Glass paint and brushes

Hemp yarn (we used multi-colored)

Embroidery hoop (I used the plastic ones – they’re sturdier than the wooden)

Hot glue gun

Hammer and nail

Scissors

Ceiling hook

Battery-operated tealight “candles”

Step one: Prep and paint jars

Using the hammer and nail, punch a hole in the center of each jar’s lid. I didn’t have either, so I used a steak knife and a high-heeled shoe. True story. 🙂

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Paint the jars. Roo wanted lots of color, so we used glass paint and made each jar a different color. Alternatively, mixing Elmer’s glue and food coloring creates a much more opaque color. I’ll probably use that technique for my next try.

While the jars are drying…

Step Two: String the embroidery hoop.

Cut a piece of yarn for each jar. Make the pieces different lengths so the jars don’t bang against each other. (And don’t forget to add a couple of inches extra to each piece for tying!)

Tie the yarn to the inside (closed circle) hoop, and add a dot of hot glue to each one to keep them from sliding around on the hoop.

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Once the yarn is attached, put the open hoop back on around the inside hoop and secure it. We chose to use the remaining yarn to wrap the hoop.

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Love this girl’s tiny feet. She’s a cutie. ^_^

Step three: Attach the jars

Thread the ends of the hanging yarn through the jar lids and secure with a knot and a bit of hot glue.

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Once the paint is dry, drop a tealight into each jar, and screw the jar onto the hanging lid. Finish by tying two segments of yarn to the top of the hoop to create an X from which to hand the chandelier.

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Ta-da!

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Oh, and here’s an embarrassing photo that Roo took of herself on my phone.

My motto: don’t put hilarious pictures of yourself on your sister’s phone. O.o

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