A visit to Pottery Barn inspires a new project: Hanging Mason Jars

On Saturdays I like to take a long walk, when the weather is bad I go to the mall before they open and walk for a couple hours. I get lots of window shopping time but since the stores aren’t open I save lots of money! This Saturday Pottery Barn was having a Special event and they were open early so I just had to go in! When I shop someplace like Pottery Barn I never spend money because almost everything I see I think “oh, I could make that!” I love the inspiration but some of those prices? What caught my eye this time were the canning jars wrapped with wire that you could hang or place on a table. They were really cute, and honestly not very expensive ($7.50) if you only wanted one or two.

Pottery Barn's Hanging Jars

But I want more! I imagine them hanging throughout my yard on a warm summer evening and in my imagination there are quite a few. And besides, it is always more fun to make your own especially when something is this simple to do.

Jars – Canning jars are around $12 for a case of 12 – but I already have jars! I save jars that are interesting, for example I buy Classico pasta sauce and the Jars are stamped with the Mason logo.

Wire – I found 18 gauge aluminum wire in the hardware picture hanging section $3 for a package at Home Depot.

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How to – I cut a length of wire long enough to wrap a little over 3 times around the jar. I folded the wire in half and gave it several loose twists. I wrapped the folded wire around the jar just under the lip and twisted the ends together leaving ends just under an inch long.

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At this point the wire is too big for the jar – stretch the wire circle into an oval with the connection in the middle of the long part of the oval (look at the picture.)

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Place this over the jar just under the lip and hold both ends of the oval and twist them into a loop on each side of the jar. You might want to use a pliers to get it nice and tight.

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For the handle I measured about 23 inches of wire, again fold it in half and twist it several times. shape it into a U shape and bend the ends up about an inch.

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Loop the ends through the loops on each side of the jar and twist the ends around.

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That’s it!

Now you can put some sand in the bottom and a votive candle, or water and flowers, or whatever you want. For $3 I made 3 jars and have enough wire left to make a few more. I need more jars – guess we’re having spaghetti for dinner this week!

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My Hanging Jars

 

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5 thoughts on “A visit to Pottery Barn inspires a new project: Hanging Mason Jars

  1. i am so using my jars for this idea…i have been wanting things for my deck and this is a perfect and cheap idea…

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