Closing Down Sale - Save 50% on most products

Jam Jar Lanterns

Glorious jam jars are good for virtually everything – when buying jam make sure to check the jar of the jam – (nearly as important as the jam/ marmalade itself) as you can always reuse wide necked well shaped jam jars for great decorative pieces…

You will need:

  • Jam jars with a wide opening.

Either all or some of the item below depending on what you turn your jam jars into:

  • Glue
  • Doilies
  • Tissue paper
  • Decorative paper
  • Bakers twine, jute, raffia or ribbon.
  • Florist wire
  • Japanese Washi Tape

Jam Jar Lanterns


Always wash and thoroughly dry the glass jar.

Jam jar can either be used standing or hanging. If hanging them from branches in the garden or in window inside the house, you will need florist wire attached firmly round the rim of the jar and a handle securely attached in a least 2 places. Best way to do it is to fold a long piece of wire in half. Wrap around the neck of the jar, bring the two cut ends through the loop at one side then thread the wire around itself a couple of times to secure. Make the wire long enough for the end to be used for making the loop (to hang it from). Once secured round the rim of the jar loop it over the top and secure to the other side of the jar.

Next decorate it in any which way you like:

Doilies & Twine
Doilies make quick instant transformations, are very pretty and ‘vintage’. Perfect for summer parties, wedding and the like. Secure half a doily with glue and tie round some ribbon, raffia or bakers twine in your chosen colour. This can be additionally secured with an old-fashioned ‘seal and wax’ or just simply a sticker and an image glued on. Hang or sit them together in groups of different shapes and sizes for optimal impact.

Japanese Washi Tape
Washi Tape – a great invention, so colourful and quick to use, you can make these as your guests walk through the door. Stick colourful strips of Washi tape onto the glass either horizontally or vertically or both, place a tea light inside and you are done!! No need to cover the whole glass, a couple of strips will instantly transform your jam jar into a stylish tea-light holder.

Download Jam Jar Lanterns craft idea in pdf format (79kb)