Cute Lamps Made from Reused Jars

Lanterns from reused jars

I made some more lanterns from marmalade jars to show you the how-to process. They turned out beautifully!

You can see the detailed step-by-step in this post. There are just a couple of differences between this and the previous ones. I originally made this with the intention of giving them to somebody, I am afraid that may not happen. I just like them too much.

The difference is that I attached the handles with wire, making them safe to hang. This ones are covered in some rough rope, it makes a nice contrast with the softness of the acid-etched glass.

I made some more lanterns from marmalade jars to show you the how-to process. They turned out beautifully!

Not only are the jars reused, the handles are too. These were wire hangers that I got from the dry cleaners (and that I wouldn’t use otherwise).

I made some more lanterns from marmalade jars to show you the how-to process. They turned out beautifully!

Besides stickers, wire, and rope I also use golden jewelry wire to attach the handles, it blends better with the rope. I used the jar rim as a template for the handles.

I used glue to join each layer of rope to the next, the edges are glued and tucked under the layers of rope.

I made some more lanterns from marmalade jars to show you the how-to process. They turned out beautifully!

I have to say that these came out much better than the previous ones. Or perhaps I like them better because of the funky shape. I can’t find this brand of marmalade at my local supermarket, but I am on a hunt for some, maybe I can stock enough marmalade for a year. Lucky me this brand also tastes nice.

I made some more lanterns from marmalade jars to show you the how-to process. They turned out beautifully!

There they are, at their new home. I am using fake tealights because the wind would not allow me to  use real ones outside.

So, are you guys going to start saving your jars and wire hangers yet?

How to Acid Etch Reused Jars

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How to make glass lanterns with acid-etched reused jars.

  • Surgeon's gloves
  • Acid paste
  • Newspaper or cardboard to protect the table.
  • Dimensional paint for fabric or stickers (or transparent adhesive tape)
  • Clock
  • Thick brush
  • Glass containers cleaned and washed with detergent
  • Permanent marker do not worry (do not leave marks on the glass)
  • Scalpel
  1. If you use stickers, stick on the surface, otherwise, draw with the marker the silhouette you want to mark.
  2. Fill between the lines with the fabric paint, if you do not have fabric paint go to the next step.
  3. Glue transparent tape on the silhouette you have drawn and cut out the silhouette with a scalpel. Remove the excess tape.
  4. With a cotton ball soaked in soapy water, pass very delicately through the glass to remove fingerprints, making sure you do not lift the paint or sticker).
  5. Put on gloves (the acid is very corrosive). Cover the surface you want to “burn” with plenty of paste. Make sure you do not leave any part uncovered.
  6. Leave on for 15 minutes.
  7. With gloves on rinse with plenty of running water. At first, the difference is not very noticeable, but it becomes evident when the water dries.
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8 Comments

  1. Lakshmi -Celebrations says:

    lovely post and super blog.hope to see at celebrations decor.

  2. They are just as lovely as your other jar lanterns, love the stars! I already save lots of jars, one day I really must have a go at etching!

  3. Lana Mango says:

    Susie, you clever girl! I had been saving these to make a chandelier, they look perfect for it (like lightbulbs). I ended up giving away some of the jars and I can't find that brand anymore.

  4. Little Treasures says:

    I agree with Susie above! Too cute!And a nice way to recycle!

  5. Susie Riley says:

    I am SOOO making these – they're just adorable!! Thinking I'd like to hang them on something. I have an old wrought-iron chandelier on my screened porch… wondering…

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