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These Mason jar lanterns are an inexpensive way of personalizing and styling your home or dinner party, and can also be given to friends as gifts. Hang them from tree branches or set them on tables for a romantic evening light. They are rustic and whimsical at the same time and chances are you have most of what you need already in your house.
- A mason jar of any size (the wide-mouth variety are easiest)
- 22-gauge (or thicker) nontarnish silver wire
- Wire cutters
- Fine pea pebbles, available at garden supply stores
- Votive candles
- Long lighter or long matches
Wrap the wire around the neck of the jar, leaving an inch of slack. Cut the wire and twist the ends together.
Cut another piece of wire to make the wire handle, about 8 inches, or a piece that’s long enough to attach to both ends of the wire around the neck in a loop.
Tuck the second wire under the first one and twist together. Repeat this on the other side, combining the wire twist from the first wire so that they connect.
Trim off any ends with the wire cutters so nothing sharp is sticking out.
Pour in the pebbles or dried beans or rice into the bottom of the mason jar.
Secure a votive candle inside.
Light it with a long lighter and hang the lantern wherever you please, or simply set a whole bunch of them on your dinner table!
It is an inexpensive and magical way to tap into your pioneer spirit.
About Georgia Pellegrini:
Georgia’s taste for simple food and outdoor adventure evolved as she grew up in the Hudson Valley. She followed her passion to the French Culinary Institute and then to Gramercy Tavern, Blue Hill at Stone Barns, and La Chassagnette in France. Georgia is the author of “Food Heroes,” “Girl Hunter,” and the new book “Modern Pioneering.” She has appeared on Today, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Iron Chef, and much more, and her outdoor Adventure Getaways have been featured everywhere from the New York Times, to the Wall Street Journal, to HBO. She lives in Austin, Texas and chronicles her adventures on her wildly popular website GeorgiaPellegrini.com and her Facebook fan page.