Ho, Ho, Ho: How to Make DIY Hanging Holiday Lanterns

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How to Make DIY Hanging Holiday Lanterns
Over the years, I’ve created plenty of non-traditional holiday DIYs. And I think I always will because they’re super fun for me to create. BUT sometimes there’s nothing better than adding your own DIY vibes to a classic idea (the projects that have been around for years and years).

Today’s projects is one of those classics! I teamed up with Ball® Home Canning to create a bunch of DIY lanterns for outdoor entertaining, using Ball® Mason Jars. To add my own twist, I made a hanging version, added polka dot patterns (because why not, right?!), and spun them into DIY hanging holiday lanterns that scream Christmas from a mile away. Plus, the lights I used make the lanterns look like there are fireflies inside. Happy accident for sure!

Click through for the tutorial and all the holiday-inspired photos.

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How to Make DIY Hanging Holiday Lanterns #diy #hanginglantern #holiday #christmas #winter

Materials for DIY Hanging Holiday Lanterns

I got all of the jars from I used for this project the Ball® Fresh Preserving website. Which, if you’ve never checked it out before, is a great resource for anything and everything canning – from jars and lids to recipes (gotta try this sweet tea poached peaches recipe) and more. So many options and they’re all super affordable too.

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Instructions for DIY Hanging Holiday Lanterns

Start by adding stickers to the outside of the jars in any pattern you like. Make sure they’re smooth against the surface of the jar. Then remove the lid and spray paint in a well ventilated area. I would recommend laying out layers of newspaper outside, turning the jars upside down, and giving all the jars one to two even coats of paint.

Once dry, remove the stickers from the jar. If any of the stickers are difficult to remove, use a sharp blade. Then, add a couple of long piece of yarn underneath the lid lip and triple knot them together after wrapping around the lip. Add battery-powered LED string lights inside and close the jar.

How to Make DIY Hanging Holiday Lanterns #diy #hanginglantern #holiday #christmas #winter

How to Make DIY Hanging Holiday Lanterns #diy #hanginglantern #holiday #christmas #winter

How to Make DIY Hanging Holiday Lanterns #diy #hanginglantern #holiday #christmas #winter

You can stop there OR play up the holidays by adding some tree trimmings around the mouth of each jar with a little bit of wire. You could even add fresh flowers for special occasions.

I love how clusters of these lanterns look hanging from low tree limbs, especially as it starts to get dark outside. So pretty. Considering daylight savings is over and it’s getting darker earlier, we could all probably use a handful of these in the backyard.

Once the holidays are over, remove the tree trimming garlands and you can reuse the polka dot lanterns all year long.

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Wrapping gifts, eating popcorn, and making DIY hanging holiday lanterns for fall and winter. These lanterns are so easy to make! And it's great project for kids AND adults. #diy #hanginglantern #holiday #christmas #winter

Wrapping gifts, eating popcorn, and making DIY hanging holiday lanterns for fall and winter. These lanterns are so easy to make! And it's great project for kids AND adults. #diy #hanginglantern #holiday #christmas #winter

Wrapping gifts, eating popcorn, and making DIY hanging holiday lanterns for fall and winter. These lanterns are so easy to make! And it's great project for kids AND adults. #diy #hanginglantern #holiday #christmas #winter

Model Cori Maass
Photography / Styling Brittni Mehlhoff

What do you think? Are you ready for the holidays?! Any outdoor holiday plans where you could use these hanging lanterns?

This post is in partnership with Ball® Home Canning and ShopStyle. Thank you for supporting the brands that help keep Paper & Stitch running.

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9 comments | Click here to reply

Those lanterns are so cute!! I love the polka dots.
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Courtney | November 21st, 2017 at 9:57 am

Thanks Courtney. 🙂 Loving polka dots at the moment too.

Brittni | November 21st, 2017 at 10:00 am

They look wonderful, and I really like that they aren’t ‘traditional’ Christmas decoration!
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Michelle | November 21st, 2017 at 10:34 am

Thanks Michelle. 🙂 They were fun to make! So easy too.

Brittni | November 21st, 2017 at 11:44 am

I love christmas!
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The pink pineapple | November 21st, 2017 at 4:58 pm

Darling idea! So you don’t have to reach into the jars to turn lights on/off, get remote controlled lights from Pier One. They are awesome.

Sharon Millsap | November 22nd, 2017 at 11:58 am

That’s a great idea Sharon. I didn’t even know those existed. 👍

Brittni | November 22nd, 2017 at 12:13 pm

These are absolutely beautiful! I love them with the black and silver ornaments, Stunning!
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Sarah | November 22nd, 2017 at 12:24 pm

Hello,
With these being glass and around here the temp get pretty cold at times or with the bad weather.
Would they break easy?
I love the idea it’s really cute.

Nancy | November 25th, 2017 at 7:49 am
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