I’m not sure if you had the opportunity to see my guest post over at the Southern Institute so I thought I would post it here as well. This Hanging Jar Strand was inspired by the Hanging Vase Strand from Anthropologie. I think the Anthro version is adorable but I wanted colored glass that I could fit a candle in. Although I’ve seen painted glass all over the blogosphere, this was my first time trying it. So, I used a tutorial by Jennifer at Delightfully Noted as my inspiration for how to paint the glass.
I wasn’t sure what kind of jars to use so I stopped by a dollar store and found these cute glass containers. I love the square pattern in the glass and the rim around the top will help keep the wire in place.
These are the supplies I used:
4 Glass Jars
Needle Nose Pliers
First I covered my table with newspaper to protect it. Then, I mixed together Mod Podge, aqua paint and water in a bowl. I didn’t measure the amounts but I used much more Modge Podge than paint and I mixed in water until the mixture was thin. The thinner the mix, the more see through the paint will be.
Paint the bottom and sides of the jar.
Turn the jar upside down on a folded up paper towel to dry. Every once in awhile I would pick up the jar and wipe any excess paint off the rim. I didn’t want the jar to stick to the paper towel.
Once the paint was dry, I grabbed some wire and a needle nose pliers. I chose dark wire over silver wire for more contract.
I made 3 loops around the rim of the jar with the wire and twisted the end around the wire around the wire strand to hold it in place.
Then, I continued wrapping and twisting the wire around the jars. I made sure that the wire twist was on opposite sides of the jars to that they will hang in a more random way. I used the needle nose pliers to clip the wire and made a loop at the end of the strand so that it can be hung.
I placed a candle inside each jar so that they can be light at night. Another option would be to use the flameless candles.
I am going to put this Hanging Jar Strand on my front porch!
Have you tried making colored glass?
Disclosure: I previously received free Mod Podge and I used it in this post.
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