Lighting Up Those Summer Nights

It has been a chilly spring around here… some days it feels like we skipped right past summer and looped around to fall again! But as June approaches, anticipation builds and I dream of warm nights, of sipping wine on the patio, and listening to the sounds of summer. After another cold spring day (it’s May, Mother Nature, MAY!) I decided to get my craft on and make a little something summer-y, a little something to light up those warm summer nights… if they ever get here.

The project was easy-peasy: less than $10 for supplies and definitely less than 10 minutes to assemble.

What you need (makes 2 lights):

Battery powered copper string lights – the copper makes the light cord flexible, so you can shape the light inside the glass, creating the “floaty” effect). I purchased a set of 2 for $8 on Amazon.

Mason Jars w/lid – you need the lid to secure the battery-case of the light string, and it will keep the inside of the jar and lights from getting grungy. You can pretty much pick these up anywhere, from the grocery store, to Wal-Mart, to Michael’s (that’s where I bought mine, half off plus another 20% off, plus I liked the vintage-feel to the lid).

Tape – plain old Scotch tape will do, or you can get fancy with some washi tape. I had some pretty patterned masking tape on hand, so that’s what I used.

So now comes the really hard part – you ready?

1 – Coil the copper string so it is a series of loose loops

2 – Cram the lights into the mason jar

Mason Jar lights off (362x640)

3 – attach the battery case to the underside of the lid (secure with tape)

4 – turn on the lights

5 – screw on the lid

Mason Jar light night (658x1024)

Ta-daa! Now let’s have a cocktail. (If you know me, you know where I stole that from).