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Tea Light Lantern

Looking for fun and easy garden craft ideas? Make a Tea Light Lantern from Linda Peterson to brighten up your outdoor space! This craft is perfect for beginners or anyone that loves to spend time outside in nature. Spring is a great time for wonderful garden crafts.

Tea Light Lantern


  • Jar with a lip such as a baby jar or candle jar
  • 1/16” armature wire – Wireform
  • 3/16” armature wire – Wireform
  • Metal charm
  • Tacky Glue
  • Pliers


  1. Cut an 8” piece of 1/16” wire and bend into a “U” shape.

    Tea Light Lantern
  2. Cut an 18” piece of 1/16” wire and wrap around lip of jar.

    Tea Light Lantern
  3. Insert 8” wire end on to each side of jar and curl with pliers to secure ends. Repeat other side.

    Tea Light Lantern
  4. Pull the wire tight around the jar and wrap around the handle to secure. Trim off excess wire.

    Tea Light Lantern
  5. Wrap a decorative piece of wire around handle.

    Tea Light Lantern


  1. Stretch out the 3/16” coil.
  2. Add any loops desired.
  3. Bend the end down and loop in opposite way.
  4. Trim wire so that the hook is approximately 18” long.

    Tea Light Lantern


  1. You may substitute any wire for this project to create the lantern. Aluminum wire can also be found at your local hardware store.


For a video tutorial of this project, check out How to Make a Garden Tealight Lantern.


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This is easy. I just had problems with the hook. But pretty easy for me. And it looks so beautiful when lit up at night.

Tea light lanterns around the patio at night will be so calming to listen to all the night animals around or will make for a nice outdoor get together or barbeque. You can use them for an outdoor nighttime wedding to give a very romantic vibe. If you or your friends have some it will be very inexpensive. How about have each one of your family or friends design one at a bridal shower and use in the wedding for memories. Great idea and simple to make.


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