Our anniversary is just a few days away and this time, I was thinking of a budget-friendly decoration theme for my party that I could DIY rather than breaking the bank. Luckily, my sudden tryst with a simple tutorial on mason jar string lights on The Backyard Blog made my job easy as I had a huge stock of those versatile jars, almost on the verge of disposal. The supplies were right on my table, and I followed the procedure given below to light up my porch.
- 24 pint-size mason jars (The more, the better for enhancing the decor)
- String lights (I bought around 24 large transparent bulbs)
- Steel cable- 25 feet (The length was apt for my big lights)
- Ferrules and stops
- A large drill bit (I used tri-flute drill bit)
- A wooden plank
- Pull the rings and lids off the jars and drill two small holes into each lid.
- Nail the drilled lids to the long wooden plank and carefully cut a hole in the center according to the size of the light socket. (I wore eye safety goggles as the scraps of metal were flying here and there while drilling)
- Place the lids in their respective bands and slide the cable through the two small holes made in each lid.
- Clip the string light to the cable. (Insert the sockets into the holes of the lids if you don’t have clip lights.)
- Detach the bulbs to avoid an accidental breakage.
- Fix the hooks to the area where you want to hang the lighting using a screwdriver machine. (I used 3 hooks of which one was placed at the center)
- Create a loop by inserting the ends of the wire through the ferrules and stops (As no stops were available, I managed with only the ferrules)
- Tighten the ferrules using a crimp.
- Hang the cable and lids fixed to the light strand making sure that the lids are equally spaced.
- Cut the cable in the middle to make two loops using the ferrules for strengthening the light string.
- Place the lights bulbs on to the sockets and secure the mason jars to the lids.
My mason jar string lights left no stone unturned in making my house look ravishing. And when I surprised my husband with this humble creation he just couldn’t stop praising me. (Smiles)
Few more decoration ideas for your homemade mason jar string lights
If you do not have string lights, then drop tea light candles into the mini mason jars to recreate the same luminary effect.
The vibrant glow of solar bulbs illuminates the mason jars, making the perfect addition to any backyard party.
I just hope my mason jar lighting steals the show on my upcoming anniversary party and makes me feel proud. So if you too want to create a warm and homely ambiance, either indoor or outdoor, then give the project a try.