Have you eaten a jar of peanut butter lately?
Well, not a whole jar, but perhaps you finished off the last spoonful?
DON'T THROW IT AWAY! You can use it to make THESE...
|I previously published this post on Craft Unleashed for Consumer Crafts and it has been updated for this audience.|
- Hanging Lantern Handle (These are only $1.37!)
- Recycled Jars (See various options I sized below)
- Fabric Scraps, Paint, etc
- Flowers for Vases or Candles for Lanterns
Let's start with the simplest idea. Leaving the lantern handle black as-is, attach it to a classic mason jar or ball jar. The quilted version below right is my favorite for lanterns because it reflects the light of a votive beautifully. Consumer Crafts has a HOST of beautiful jars to chose from HERE. The metal cup below is a vintage find from my mom.
Another favorite of mine is the smaller baking soda jars. They fit these handles perfectly and when the paper is ripped off, they have a nice cardboard outer wrapper which takes paint and fabric mod podged well. Note that the water WILL rust eventually in these cans, as in all metal cans.
Two other favorites that fit these handles are the classic "Yum-Yum" Sauce bottle (it is really called that) and these pretty yellow pizza sauce cans. I have been collecting these cans because the image is printed ONTO the can instead of being a paper or plastic wrapper. I find them really charming as is and love them with the black lantern hanger.
To make a collection of pretty hanging vases from that assortment of random recyclables, it takes a little bit of paint, a little bit of fabric and a bit of glue. I painted the lantern jar hangers a rustic gold (combination of THIS ANTIQUE GOLD and this pretty SPUN GOLD PAINT.) I added hankies, scraps of crocheted fabric and mod-podged fabric. You could add whatever suits your fancy!
I love this little hankie tucked into four "points":
Hang from tree branches with water and flowers or add votives to glass/metal jars for pretty flickering light!
Aren't they pretty next to these little birdhouses?
...and just in case you were wondering...those little helping hands in the recycled jar photos???
They belong to this one:
Daddy's shoes, red cheeks and all :)