Antique Candle Works Blog / farmhouse

Winter Wonderland Home

Winter Wonderland Home

One our favorite parts about sending candles out to our friends is seeing where those candles end up. We love it when you tag us in your photos on Instagram so we can see how you styled that favorite candle in with your home décor, especially during the holidays!

Martha from Simple Cozy Charm

The Christmas season is that time of year when so many people break out their most festive decorations to turn their home into a literal winter wonderland! Seeing Antique Candle Works Christmas-scented candles in these stunningly styled homes brings that much more Christmas spirit into the studio!

Jennifer from Cozy Cottage Style

I would love to introduce you to some of those sweet candle friends with such amazing style! These lovely ladies inspire me so much with my own holiday décor, and maybe they can give you some inspiration, too!

I can’t get enough of that brick archway in Jess’s home! Can you believe it’s faux brick? Jess from House on 77th  has a stunning home and used those farmhouse neutrals to her advantage for the Christmas season! An Antique Candle Works candle just adds to the cozy!

Laura from The Turquoise Home Blog went for that “Merry and Bright” look this season! This lovely lady knows how to use greenery and floral, even during the winter months. And of course, you can always spot those lovely antique turquoise Ball jars for a vintage touch!

No one does vintage like Sarah from the Sarah Joy Blog! Pops of red and frosted trees are the perfect Christmas additions to her oh-so-cozy home. With a Good Tidings candle to finish the look with yummy smells, her décor makes you want to snuggle up with some hot cocoa!

The kitchen is always the hardest place for me to decorate for the holidays, but Becky from Becky Cunningham Home has no problem with her winter kitchen! She took the natural approach with lavender trees and evergreen garlands, and I bet that candle might even be White Pine!

Cindy from Blessed House of Three makes me nostalgic with her rustic-inspired holiday bedroom! That little rocking horse with a mini frosted tree reminds me of waking up and getting out of bed on Christmas morning—oh so perfect with a Christmas Day candle!

Kelly from The Tattered Pew

There are so many ways to decorate your home for the Christmas season, and it warms our hearts to see Antique Candle Works candles being a part of décor that makes so many feel warm and cozy this time of year.

Keeley from Cozy Cat Cottage

How do you decorate your home for the holidays? Tag us in a picture of your favorite candle with your Christmas-y home on Instagram! We’d love to share the joy of the season with our friends!

Merry Christmas!

Read more →

Mason Jar DIY - Vintage Snow Globes

Mason Jar DIY - Vintage Snow Globes

Y’all I am so excited to share with you Antique Candle Works’ CUTEST Mason Jar DIY yet!  I think we can all agree that repurposing old Mason jar candles into something unique and beautiful is all part of the fun with handmade candles, and we had so much fun putting together this craft for you!

We’ve shown you how to make your own Jute String Lantern, and even how to make rustic painted vases, but this next Mason jar up-cycle is a MUST for the fall and holiday season:

 

Vintage Snow Globes!

They are literally too cute!  I need at least ten of these globes to put around my home and the candle studio, and even more to share as Christmas gifts!  The vintage farm style touches my heart on a spiritual level, friends.  These repurposed jars are so simple yet so adorable!

 

Christmas Truck Globe

What you will need: old Antique Candle Works 8oz candle jar, old Antique Candle Works 4oz jar lid (label removed, if you want!) mini vintage truck from Hobby Lobby (note: your standard sized toy truck is too big), mini evergreen tree from Hobby Lobby (snip off its stand if it has one), faux snow, red & white baker’s twine, 2 mini red jingle bells from Hobby Lobby too!

1. Clean out your candle jar. You’ll want to follow our tutorial to get your 8oz jar as crystal clear as possible.  After washing it, make sure it is completely dry before moving on to the next step!

2. Add your faux snow to the jar. You just want to line the bottom with a layer that isn’t too thin, but isn’t too deep.  You don’t want to bury your truck!

3. Next, you’ll want to carefully tie the mini tree to the truck with the baker’s twine. I just looped it up from under the truck and tied it on the tree. 

Then you can snip the excess string and smooth down the strands into the branches of the tree.

4. Now comes the surprisingly tricky part: getting your truck in the jar just right.

You may have to fiddle around with it so that it looks perfect in the snow, but it isn’t too hard and is so worth it!

5. Screw the 4oz Mason jar lid onto the globe, and use the baker’s twine to wrap around the lip of the jar.

    At this point it’s easy to string your jingle bells on the twine, then you can tie a cute little bow!

    And there you have it, one super Pinterest-worthy Vintage Snow Globe!  It’s so perfect for the holidays!  But if you’re still loving the cozy season, the fall version is just as easy as the winter one!

     

    Fall Tractor Globe

    What you will need: old Antique Candle Works 8oz candle jar, old Antique Candle Works 4oz jar lid (label removed, if you want!), mini vintage tractor (note: your standard sized toy tractor is too big), mini pumpkins, faux grass, jute string, straw button bow, glue

    Follow all the same instructions as the Christmas globe, except with all your fall goodies!

    You’ll want to make sure you get your tractor/pumpkin placement just perfect!

    Instead of twine, use jute string to wrap around the lip of the 8oz jar, and tie it off.

    Use an adhesive such as hot glue to attach your pre-made straw bow to the front of the jute string.

    So simple and so fun!  I get tons of pumpkin patch and corn maze nostalgia from this adorable vintage globe!  It reminds me of home.

    Who else needs these Vintage Snow Globes in their life?  I’d love to see you try this Mason jar craft out on your own!  Post a picture in the comments below, or tag us on Instagram!

    Did you like this DIY?  There are more Mason Jar DIYs on the blog, and tons of DIY home projects on our Pinterest page!

    Happy crafting, friends!

    Read more →

    Antique Candle Works in Stores: Rod Works

    Antique Candle Works in Stores: Rod Works

    Y’all, we have been working so hard to spread that candle love all across The United States and Canada, and we are so happy to say that Antique Candle Works is in more stores, online marketplaces, and subscription boxes than ever!  With over 200 unique retailers, it’s never been easier to find Antique Candle Works near you!

     

    We recently connected with a brand new candle partner that is like the Hobby Lobby of farmhouse boutiques!  Think of never ending florals, the cutest kitchen goodies, and all the best decorations of the season, and you’ve got Rod Works!

    This ever-inspiring business began in 1996, born from the creativity of the owners who wanted more unique, higher quality décor in their home.  Their iron creations sparked requests from friends and neighbors, and as business grew, they moved from working at home to the first Rod Works location on Lehi, Utah.

     

    Since then, they have expanded their quality décor line and have opened several more storefronts in Utah, Nevada, Colorado, California, and Arizona.  As of just a few months ago, Antique Candle Works became a part of the Rod Works vision to inspire you and help you decorate your home with your own personal style!  Yay!

     

    Rod Works is literally on my bucket list of adorable stores to visit.  I could probably spend an entire day in just one of their stores, and get some decorating advise while I’m at it!  The Rod Works crew actually offers free in-store decorating help—all you have to do is bring in a photo of your home or tell them about your space, and they’ll help you fill it!

     

    If you can’t make it to their store, they also have tons of home décor tips and tricks on their blog, and on YouTube from the Good Things Utah show! (I’ll be binging those later, by the way!)

     

    Rod Works takes decorating seriously, and seriously takes it to the next level.  If you’re ever out west, you’ve got to check out this amazing Antique Candle Works partner!

     

    Do you have your own retail storefront and are interesting in working with Antique Candle Works?  Contact us!  We would love the opportunity to meet a new friend!

     

    Check out our list of all the stores that carry your favorite Antique Candle Works candles!  You might be surprised to find one near you!

     

    Get inspired everyday with Rod Works on Facebook and Instagram!

     

    Happy decorating, friends!

     

     

     

    Photography by Rod Works

    Read more →

    Candles + Brownies = Pumpkin Heaven!

    Candles + Brownies = Pumpkin Heaven!

    We know that with fall comes that overwhelming craving to have everything—and I mean everything—pumpkin.  From the cutest pumpkin decorations, your annual visit to the pumpkin patch (who else goes more than once?), to that infamous PSL, you gotta have that pumpkin.

    Some of the best pumpkin you can get are definitely pumpkin candles and pumpkin desserts.  What’s better than yummy smells to fill your home and something sweet you can eat with it?  Antique Candle Works’ teamed up with our friend Jenna from Jenna Kate at Home Blog to bring you the best of both worlds!

    Jenna is a talented home decorator, DIYer, and baker whom we met for the first time at the Haven Conference in July!  She specializes in the same area we do: helping you make your house a home.  Who better to create a delicious dessert inspired by our reinvented Pumpkin Spice candle that’s more pumpkin-y than ever!

     

    With that pumpkin craving in mind, Jenna created the oh-so-good, Pumpkin Swirl Brownies!  This perfect fall dessert is exactly what every pumpkin-lover needs with all the best of chocolatey brownie, fall spices, and of course, pumpkin-y goodness!

    Jenna’s Pumpkin Swirl Brownies

    Brownie Ingredients

    ½ cup unsalted butter (melted)

    1 tbsp vegetable oil (or coconut oil)

    1 1/8 cup superfine sugar (put granulated sugar in a bag and crush with a rolling pin until fine)

    2 large eggs

    2 tsp pure vanilla extract

    ½ cup all-purpose flour

    ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder

    ¼ tsp salt

    For ingredients for the Pumpkin Swirl, visit Jenna’s original recipe!

    Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (175 Celsius).  Lightly grease an 8-inch square baking pan with cooking spray and line it with parchment paper

    Combine melted butter, oil, and sugar in a medium-sized bowl.  Whisk well for about a minute, and add the eggs and vanilla.  Beat this together until the mixture is lighter in color (about another minute).  This is Jenna’s tip for a nice, crackly top on your brownies!

    Sift in the flour, cocoa powder, and salt.  Gently fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until just combined.  Jenna suggests using a wooden spoon or spatula to make sure you don’t overmix.

    Pour the batter into your prepared pan and smooth it out evenly. 

    Combine all the pumpkin swirl ingredients in a bowl and add the mixture to the brownie batter.  Check out Jenna’s original recipe for these ingredients and instructions on how to make the prettiest swirls in your brownies!

    Bake for 25 minutes or until the brownies no longer jiggle in the pan and are just set to the touch.

    Light an Antique Candle Works Pumpkin Spice candle, grab a good book, and enjoy the flavors of fall!

     

    I can’t wait to try out this yummy dessert!  I’ll definitely be baking it for the candle crew, and pairing it with our new Pumpkin Spice candle when I do!  That candle literally makes you crave the real thing, and with Jenna’s Pumpkin Swirl Brownies, they are the perfect match made in Pumpkin Heaven!

     

    If you liked this recipe, you have to check out more on the Jenna Kate at Home Blog!  She has so many yummy recipes for snacks, drinks, meals, and even more pumpkin desserts.  I’ll be checking out her pumpkin sugar cookies, whoopie pies, and pumpkin spice donuts next!

    Happy Pumpkin Season, friends!

     

     

     

    This yummy recipe and the recipe photography are by our friend at Jenna Kate at Home.

    Read more →

    Jesus at The Farmhouse

    Jesus at The Farmhouse

    You know as well as I do that there’s no such thing as ‘too much farmhouse’ to the girls at Antique Candle Works.  We can’t get enough of vintage decor, rustic signs, neutral and white colors, or basically anything that comes from an antique store!  While there is a whole world of styles that can be made a part of the ‘farmhouse look,’ there is one trait that we love more than all others, and that always resonates with the Antique Candle Works message.

     

    You’ve all probably seen Him, maybe even in your own homes, so you know that Jesus is a frequent visitor of The Farmhouse.  His presence shows up in the form of signs with traditional prayers and favorite verses, pages of old hymns, and even pillows offering comforting words.

     

    These faith-centered farmhouse pieces are not just decorations.  They allow you to express the love of Christ through something that, although stunning, brightens your home with more than just pretty words.

     

    My people will live in peaceful dwelling places, in secure homes, in undisturbed places of rest.
    Isaiah 32:18 

    The heart of many of our blogger friends’ families is Jesus.  Through all the little personal touches they add to their individual farmhouse styles, the one thing most of them have in common is Him.  As a faith-based small business, Antique Candle Works loves seeing our candles paired with pieces that inspire His light.

     

    Our sweet friend Katie from The Rustic Boxwood Blog shares amazing home projects and décor that are truly inspiring, and the little pieces of Jesus in her farmhouse highlight her creativity. 

    One piece that is close to her family’s heart is an old Bible that belonged to her grandmother.  Seeing this unique heirloom fit beautifully in Katie’s home and bring it to life though Christ and a loved one is touching.  It was an honor to see one of our candles paired with such a beautiful and special Bible!

     

    By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established; through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures.
    Proverbs 24:3-4

     

    When I find Jesus in The Farmhouse, I find joy.  To look beyond the décor, you’ll see Christ at the center of the family.  It gives you encouragement, comfort, accountability, and so much more, all while making your house look and feel like a home.

     

    As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.
    Joshua 24:15

     

    See more about Walking in Faith at Antique Candle Works on the blog!

    Have a blessed day, friends!

     

     

     

    Photography by Katie (The Rustic Boxwood), Christina (Vintage Four Fifty), Sarah (Little Vintage Nest), Enjoli (Our Cotton Farmhouse), Bianca (With Lavender and Grace), and Erica (Our Humble Nest)

    Read more →

    Antique Candle Works at Haven: Good Times & New Friends

    Antique Candle Works at Haven: Good Times & New Friends

    As you may have heard, a couple weeks ago Brittany and I traveled to Charleston, South Carolina to be sponsors at the design and blogging conference, Haven!  With over 300 home décor, DIY, and lifestyle bloggers in attendance, it truly was a gathering of our kind of people, so we had to be there!

    Fun Fact: I had never flown before.  Brittany is a pro and helped me know what to expect (thank you!), but I was getting very anxious in those final days before the conference.  As it turns out, I was nervous for nothing.  The flights to and from Charleston were actually quite pretty.  It was kind of amazing being up close and personal with God’s painted sky!

    Once we arrived, it was time to get to work.  We spent the entire first day putting together our ‘floral farmhouse’ booth. 

    Our goal was to create a little homey hub that would be the perfect space for meeting friends new and old.  This was a first Haven, so while we were not exactly sure what to expect, we knew we were in for a good time!

    And a good time is was!  It was incredible to have the opportunity to finally meet in person many of the ladies we’ve known for so long!  We were finally able to share a few laughs with our good friend, Erin, from The Cotton Stem Blog

    It was also great to meet up with Liz from Liz Marie Blog, Laura from The Turquoise Home, Sarah from Dreaming of Homemaking, Holly from Our Faux Farmhouse, Kayla from Plum Pretty Décor and Design, and Deb from Seeking Lavender Lane!  These are just a few of the ladies that we are so thankful to know and work with!

     

    We also met so many new friends, too many to count!  It was great to be able to introduce ourselves to those who already knew about our candles, and welcome those who had never heard of Antique Candle Works.

    Haven was not only fun, but also a learning experience.  We were fortunate enough to be able to attend a few of their blogger classes.  Brittany heard from Erin, Holly, and Lauren McBride about the power of Instastories, and I took notes from Alisa Meredith about the heart of Pinterest.  We even got to hear the testimonies of Chris and Peyton Lambton, Taniya Nayak, Amy Howard, and The Shanty Sisters, Whitney and Ashley!

    All in all, Haven was truly a great experience for us professionally, and personally.  Small business is about relationships, and Haven offered us an opportunity to build countless friendships with people that we truly care about. 

    We could not have done it without out amazing team in the studio who worked their butts off in the weeks leading up to it, or without all of our friends who have followed the Antique Candle Works journey.  And who knows; maybe there is a Haven Round 2 in Antique Candle Works’ future!

    I can’t wait to share more of our new friends with all of you, so be on the lookout for our candles in new homes on Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook

    The Haven fun doesn't stop here!  Come back next week for some exciting 'floral farmhouse' news!

     

     

    Have a beautiful day friends!

    Read more →

    Mason Jar DIY - Blue Tinted Jars

    Mason Jar DIY - Blue Tinted Jars

    As you may know, if there’s one thing we absolutely can’t get enough of here in the studio, it’s vintage jars!  Most of our candles are hand poured into adorable Mason jars, and many of our antique candles are poured into old jars.  Of all these rustic vessels, one jar that is always everyone’s favorite is the blue Ball jar used for antique candles!  That stunning blue tint on these jars is so unique, and fits perfectly into every home!

     

    For this next Mason Jar DIY, you finally won’t have to wait until the next Antique Candle Restock to get your hands on one of those gorgeous blue jars.  Just grab your old candle jars and a few crafting supplies, and learn how to tint your jars that vintage blue!

     

    What you will need: old Antique Candle Works candles (I used three 16oz jars), blue liquid food coloring, Mod Podge glue (I used the gloss version), small mixing containers (I used three for three different shades), wax paper for baking

     

    1. Clean out your candle jars. You will want to make sure the inside of each jar is very clean and dry before you begin this project.

    2. In your small mixing containers, add 1 tablespoon of clear water. I used small measuring cups, but even though the sizes are different, they have the same amount of water in each.

    3. Add the drops of blue food coloring to each container and stir to combine. I used the size of the cups to mark different amounts of food coloring.

    I used 20, 40, and 60 drops.  The number of drops will determine how tinted the jar is, so you can adjust according to what you want.  However, anything less than 20 drops is hardly visible, so I would use at least that much.

    4. Add 1 tablespoon to glue to each jar, then add each food coloring mixture. Mix this up well inside the jar, but try not to mix it too fast to create fewer bubbles.  At this point you will want to put something down to protect your work space.

    5. Now, you’ll coat the inside of the jar. With the top of the jar over the mixing container, twist the jar so that every bit of the inside of covered in blue.  I did this a few times just to make sure the entire inner surface got enough blue.

    If you want to tint the rim of the jar, do this carefully while turning the jar and pouring the mixture back into the mixing container.  Save this run-off, because you may want to reuse it!

    6. Once the jars are coated on the inside, let them sit upside down for about 10 minutes in order to let excess blue drain out. In the meantime, you can preheat your oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit and prepare a baking sheet with some wax paper.

    7. After 10 minutes, let your jars remain upside down and place them on the prepared baking sheet with wax paper. Put them in the oven and ‘bake’ them for 15 minutes

    Then, flip them right side up and warm them for another 15 minutes.  Let the jars cool completely before moving on.

     

    At this point if you’re happy with the tint of your jar, great!  However, I thought mine could use a little more blue…

     

    8. Once the jars are completely cooled, repeat the entire tinting process. For the jar with 20 drops, I simply created another mixture with 20 drops, for the 40 I created another mixture with 40 drops, and so on.  If you saved your run-off from when you coated the jars for the first time, you could also just reuse the one for each jar!

    Bake these jars just like you did before.  Once they are cooled, they are ready to use!

     

    I absolutely love these tinted Mason jars!  They make the perfect vase to set in the window, to add as a décor piece on a shelf, or even as a table centerpiece at a rustic wedding! 

    If you love the Antique Candle Works blue Ball jar candles, now you can up-cycle all your old Mason jar candles to have the perfect tint to match!  They are just too cute! 

    Do you love these crafts?  Well we’ve got plenty more Mason Jar DIYs to keep you busy this summer!  Projects perfect just for you, or to do with the kids!  Check out some of our other projects we’ve done, and if you do this DIY or any of the others, be sure to post of picture for us to see in the comments below.  We’d love to see how you repurposed your Mason jar!

     

    Visit the Antique Candle Works Pinterest page for an endless amount DIYs for your candles, and your home!

     

    Happy crafting friends!

    Read more →

    Heart of the Home: Candle Photo Faves!

    Heart of the Home: Candle Photo Faves!

    At Antique Candle Works, we send candles out all over The United States and Canada to spread the joy that a simple candle can bring.  It is always fun to see where our candles ended up once they left our doors, and that they are bringing joy to homes all around.  Thanks to outlets like Facebook and Instagram, we are able to see tons of photos taken by people just like you! 

    Fragrance: Clean Cotton

    There’s been some great pictures over the past few years, so as a thank you to all our friends who have ever shared photos with us, I’ve put together some of our favorites from home decor bloggers for everyone to enjoy!

    I hope you love this gallery of beautiful candle photos set in even more stunning homes, because I can't get enough!

    Fragrance: Back Roads
     
    One of the best things about these photos is that you can actually feel how cozy each home is!  I absolutely adore how Erica and Heather can put together such simple yet stunning settings all around their home.  Both these ladies truly are pros at getting the little details just right!
    Fragrance: Fresh Cut Herbs
    I always love seeing candle photos that have the perfect pop of color!  Sarah and Laura create adorable spring settings with their candles, and whether its using fresh floral clippings or a stunning faux flowers and lamb's ear, their pops of color immediately draw your eye!  For the perfect color accent piece, use a blue Ball jar candle! (Wink, wink!)
    Fragrance: Sage & Citrus
    Fragrance: Sage & Citrus
    Not only do so many of these photos just exude coziness, but some also make you feel so refreshed!  You can just take a breath and enjoy the soothing vibe that Lisa and Ashley captured in their candle settings!  Fresh flowers and fruits pair perfectly with natural soy candles, and these photos make you want to snatch them up!
    Fragrance: Pumpkin Spice
    Fragrance: Momma's Kitchen
    Above all, a candle should make you feel at home.  However you want your home to feel, whether that be warm and fuzzy (like Bianca and Judi's home!), relaxing, clean, or anything in between, that is what a candle should do for you. 
    Your home is more than just a place to live, and we hope that one of our candles can help bring the heart of your home out for all who walk through your doors to love and enjoy.
    Fragrance: Lavender
    Do you love what your candle brings to your home?  Share a photo with us in the comments below, or tag us on Instagram
    We always enjoy seeing our candles in action making people happy!
    Read more →

    Antique Candle Works in Stores: The Tin Roof

    Antique Candle Works in Stores: The Tin Roof

    Small businesses are unique establishments in and of themselves, especially “mom and pop” retail stores.  Though a shop may be small, the amazing individuals who work hard to keep it up and running might just have the biggest hearts around.

     

    One small retail business that knows how to spread the love is The Tin Roof: Fine Gifts and Home Furnishings, an adorable little shop in Princeton, Kentucky that specializes in “great products and outstanding service!”

     

    Serving the area since 2002, The Tin Roof was actually in the works since 2001 when the late Carolyn Boaz made her dream of owning a store a reality.  Nearly 20 years later Carolyn’s daughter, Molly Egbert, continues her mother’s legacy through the joy that is spread in and outside the walls of The Tin Roof Gift Shop.

     

    “The joy of the Lord is my strength,”
    Nehemiah 8:10

     

    The Tin Roof also shares their hearts with other small businesses and artisans to stock their shelves and bring quality goods to their customers.  One of these small business is none other than Antique Candle Works! 

    Molly loves sharing unique items with everyone who comes through her doors, including our handmade soy candles!  She loves burning both the Sweet Lemon and Fresh Cut Herbs fragrances together!

     

    The Tin Roof Gift Shop is in the business of spreading happiness through the little things.  Whether that be cute outfits, fun dish ware, or farmhouse decor, they are so thankful to the Lord for giving them the opportunity to share this with friends new and old. 

     

    Here at the studio, we love seeing where our candles end up after they leave our hands, and we are so glad that some of them have made their way to The Tin Roof. 

     

    It is fulfilling to know that we can help spread some of Molly and her team’s joy in Western Kentucky!  In small business it’s about the heart, and this little store has that down!

     

    Do you have your own retail store and are interested in working with Antique Candle Works?  Contact us!  We would the opportunity to meet a new friend!

     

    Check out our list of all the stores that carry Antique Candle Works candles in The United States and Canada; there might just be one near you!

     

    Don't forget to follow The Tin Roof ladies on Instagram and Facebook!

    Read more →

    Mason Jar DIY - Jute String Lantern

    Mason Jar DIY - Jute String Lantern

    I don’t know about you, but I love crafting!  It’s so satisfying to create something fun and unique with your own two hands, which is exactly what Antique Candle Works strives to do with every hand poured soy candle!  With that in mind, I’m drawing inspiration from the Mason jars we use to house our candles to give you yet another Mason Jar DIY!

     

    From an adorable bathroom set to rustic vases, the possibilities for repurposing Mason jars, and even vintage Ball jars, are endless! 

     

    This DIY is a little more in depth than the last one, but it is so cute!  It is perfect now that the days are warmer and the days are sunnier.  You can enjoy it indoors or outdoors, and once you make one you’ll definitely want to make one or two more!  I present to you:

     

    Jute String Lantern

     

    Isn’t it so cute and stylish?  I can’t get enough of these!  The best part is that they can work with any size Mason jar candle or antique Ball jar candle!  It’s a great repurposing project for anyone!

     

    What you will need: old Antique Candle Works candle (I used a 16oz and 8oz Mason jar, and an antique blue Ball jar), jute string, craft scissors

     

    1. Clean out your candle jars. I left our jars clear, but if you want to paint them, check out how to paint and distress your jar on this blog.

    2. Depending on what size jar you are using, you will measure and cut 8 strands of jute. This also determines how long your lantern will hang (remember, it’s always better to have extra that you can cut later). 

     

    A trick you can to is to turn the jar upside down and measure jute around the jar vertically from top rim of the jar, to bottom, back to top, then multiply that length my ten.  For 16oz, I cut 8 pieces about 96 inches long (this made it a little longer); for 8oz, I cut 8 pieces that were about 56 inches long (this made it a little shorter).

    3. Divide the jute in half so you have two bunches of 4 strands each. Find the center of each bunch, and cross them.  You may have to use objects to hold the strands in place because you are working with a lot of jute!

     

    4. Now for the trickiest part. You will tie a lanyard know at this center point.  Don’t worry, it’s not bad once you get the hang of it!  We’re taking this one slow: 

    • Once you crisscross the strands, bring the top part of one strand down over the other strand on the left side. We will call this ‘Strand A,’ and the one that hasn’t moved yet ‘Strand B.’

     

    • Next, take the right side of Strand B and move it underneath both halves of Strand A at the bottom of the center point.

     

    • Take that same part of Strand B that you just moved and take it back over the two halves of Strand A that you just went under.

     

    • From the center point, find the bottom half of Strand A (the piece you haven’t moved yet), and bring it up over, over, and under the pieces of the right half of Strand B. Doing this will create a new center point.

     

    • That’s it! Now all you have to do is carefully bring the knot together by pulling opposite ends of the knot so that you are pulling two ends of the same strand. 

     

    Just keep pulling the opposite corners until the knot finally shrinks down into your lanyard knot!  This is the bottom of the jute lantern.

     

    5. Next, you will find two strands that are right next to each other and tie them together about 1½ inches up from the center.

     

    6. Do this with the next two strands, and so on.

     

      Continue tying knots all around the center until you have the shape of a flower and there are not more lone strings of jute.

       

      7. Now you will just do the same thing on the next outer layer. Take two strings right next to each other and tie those about 1½ inches up from the last knots.

         

        Again, just do this all the way around until every strand has a pair and you see an even larger flower shape.

        8. Depending on what size jar you are using for the lantern, repeat step 7 until you reach the height of your jar. You will notice the jute begin to raise as you do this, and that is because it is already forming the holder for your jar!  This makes tying knots a little trickier, so just simply move the jute around or to the side so you can easily tie those knots!

         

          You can have the knots reach up over the rim of your jar (which is what I did), or a little below the rim.  That’s up to you!

           

          The number of layers of knots depends on the height or your jar and the thickness of the jute you are using.  I was using thicker jute, so the 16oz size only needed 4 layers, and the 8oz only needed 3 layers.

          9. Lastly, you will knot the ends of all the strands together. This is where you will hang your lantern, so it needs to be a decent knot.  You can also tie in a curtain loop or metal d-ring to hang the lantern with, but just hanging it by the knot worked fine for me! 

          Now you can enjoy your adorable jute string lantern!  You can put anything inside them, or nothing at all, and they still look stunning no matter where you hang them! 

           

          I left mine empty, added a little tea light, and for my person favorite, put in fairy string lights!

           

          If you loved this DIY project as much as I did, make sure to check out some of the others we’ve done!  Also, if you tried this project for yourself, be sure to comment below and post a picture of your own jute string lantern!

           

          Check out the Antique Candle Works Pinterest page for more DIY Home ideas!

           

          Have a beautiful day, friends!
          Read more →