Pottery Barn Knock Off $3 Sea Glass Votives

Pottery Barn Knock Off With Dollar Store Supplies @savedbylovesI have been out of the creative groove, dealing with some life stuff, and I can't tell you how happy I am to be sharing with you again! Punctuating the blog break is a super cheap, easy sea glass hanging votive holder tutorial. Why do you care? I will give you three reasons. First, they are awesome... duh. Second, they are a full blown dollar store craft, yay! Finally, I knocked them off from Pottery Barn's Sea Glass Hanging Votives for a fraction of their cost. Mine... $3 plus stuff I had on hand. Theirs... $60 and no bragging rights. You can put that $57 you saved towards a backyard soiree, complete with stylish ambiance handmade by you!

Supplies:

Dollar Store Glasses

Grab glass holders like these. I got them at Dollar Tree.

Martha Stewart Glass Paint Frost:in sea glass colors (blues, aquas, white)

Rubbing Alcohol

Vinyl or latex gloves

Lint Free Towel

Cosmetics sponges

Votives

Mason Jar Hanging Lantern Wire

Jar Wire Hangers (I got mine at Joann's, but here are some on Amazon)

*If your containers are spherical without a neck like one of mine pictured, you will need to drill holes in the glass, which I showed you here: How to Drill Holes in Glass

*In this case, or if your glass holders are too large for the wire hangers you can purchase, or if you want to save $, you will need to make your own wire hangers (I cover that below). For that you will need:

DIY Hanging Lanterns

Pliers

Wire Cutters or Metal Snips if your hanger is to hard to cut with wire cutters

Wire clothes hanger or craft wire 16 gauge

Instructions:

PAINTING THE GLASS

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Clean the surface of the glass with rubbing alcohol and a lint free towel or paper towel. Make sure to wear gloves. You want to get rid of fingerprints and refrain from touching the glass with your bear hands after cleaning it. The glass paint needs a clean, oil free surface for maximum adherence.

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For this lantern, I mixed frosty white and glossy aqua. Apply several thin layers with a soft brush or cosmetic sponge, allowing 30 minutes of dry time between layers. I did two coats with the above mixture, then I used frosty "Surf" on the bottom third for layer three. I went over the entire piece with frosty white to blend and create the ombre effect.

*With glass paint, the key is patience and faith. It will look like crap until it dries...

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I told you. Here I used a soft brush, then remembered why I prefer cosmetic sponges with glass paint. I switched to the sponge for the rest of the layers. It looks awful regardless of what you use, until it dries and evens.

*For more tips and details on glass paint technique:

 Recycled Wine Bottle Address Lantern DIY

Once you have painted your glass holders, let them dry overnight before moving on to the next step:

ADDING THE WIRE HANGER

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For all of my hanging votive holders except for the spherical one and the white one, I used these purchased wire jar hangers. They are super handy and I had them in my stash.

As I said in the supplies section, you can make your own version to save cash, if your holder is too big for the mason jar version, or if you have a container with no "lip" to rest on the wire.

DIY Hanging Lanterns

This holder was to large in diameter for the mason jar sized wire hanger. To start, I cut the top off the hanger with metal snips. You can use craft wire and wire cutters just as well. The hanger wire was super hard and difficult to cut and shape, but I couldn't resist the repurpose. Next time I will go with a thicker gauge craft wire.

How to Make Hanging Votive Lanterns

Begin at one of the two "V" angles.

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Form a loop by pulling the right wire under the left wire as pictured.

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Bend the left wire just under the loop, and pull the under and back over it above the bend you made (see photo).

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Use your glass to shape the wire. When you get to the side opposite your loop, trim the tails of your wire leaving 1.5 inches extra on one tail and about 0.5 inches on the other.

In retrospect, I should have made the wire for this before painting it, as I nicked it in a couple of places. Don't make my same mistake. It's easily avoidable.

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One the longer tail, bend the wire and wrap the end around a pen or dowel to create a loop as shown.

Bend the other tail so that it sticks up, perpendicular to the wire as shown.

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This diagram may help. The perpendicular tail you just made slides over the wire just under the loop from the previous step to secure the hanger around the neck of the container.

How to Make Hanging Votive Lanterns6 Make a handle with a piece of wire by forming a "U" shape with a loop at each end. Leave the handle loops open enough to slide into the neck piece loops. How to Make Hanging Votive Lanterns7 Assemble as pictured and hang!

Make Dollar Store Sea Glass Votives

I love them! These are perfect for wedding receptions and festivities of all kinds. Best of all, they are charming and cheap.

Pottery Barn Knock Off Sea Glass Votives DIY

This is the Pottery Barn version. I went a little frostier because I like that look. You could use transparent gloss to achieve the look of the blue PB version pictured.

DIY Dollar Tree Sea Glass Votives

You may want to check out our 50+ DIY Lanterns for more fun lighting ideas:

   

Spray Paint Mason Jar Chandelier Update

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Do you have an outdated brass chandelier that makes you sad every time you look at it?  I did.  It was even worse hanging over that sweet DIY farmhouse table and benches I shared with you last week.  Finding a replacement for that light has been a priority since moving here, and it has happened!  Find out how I made this beautiful mason jar chandelier for $10!

DIY Chandelier Update

SUPPLIES:

Chandelier

Cut mason jars (See How to Cut Mason Jars) with lids

The Original Style Vintage Bulb

Vintage Light Bulbs

Scissors for cutting metal (I use Tim Holtz Tonic)

Sharpie or other permanent marker

Krylon Dual Oil Rubbed Bronze

TUTORIAL:

Outdated brass chandelier

Just to show you what we are replacing!

Thrift Store Chandelier Update

I found this guy for just $10!

How to make a mason jar chandelier

I removed the lamp shades that came with it and unscrewed this white circular piece.

How to make a mason jar light

How to make a chandelierI used the white piece smaller side to trace for cutting a hole in the mason jar canning lid insert.

Cut a hole in mason jar lid

As you can see, this doesn't have to be pretty.  It will be covered.  So long as it fits over the socket and the white piece will hold it in place.

Place cut lid on socket

Here you can see the outer ring of the canning lid, then the inner part with the hole we cut and slid over the socket, then the white ring screwed back into place to hold it all together.

Spray Paint Krylon Dual Oil Rubbed Bronze

I started to spray without attaching the jar lids, but then realized that was just silly.  Attach everything except the jars and bulbs, then spray paint!  If you can suspend the chandelier somehow, to get the underneath side good, that is best.  We used a bungee cord and hung it in our garage (annoyed husband and suspended chandelier not pictured).  Let this dry overnight.

DIY mason jar light tutorial

Now we just screw the cut jar onto the lid and insert the light bulbs!

Soooo much better, don't you think?

Vote for SBLC – Bob Vila Thumbs Up Blogger Contest

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Remember that one time, when Bob Vila gave me a thumbs up?  Ok, well, my mason jar chimes are in the running with 5 amazing DIY mason jar projects for the grand prize in the Bob Vila Thums Up DIY Competition.

DIY Chimes from Mason Jar

You have to know that I use to religiously wake up at 6 a.m. every Saturday to watch this guy on This Old House.  Love the man, so just being noticed by him is winning, but I still wanna win... you know, for real win.  You can help by clicking the link and voting for me.  Everyday.  Between now and July 31st.  Please? Thanks!

Green Mason Jar and Recycled Wine Bottle Wind Chimes

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DIY Mason Jar Wind Chimes

Do you love the sound of wind chimes singing?  I have shared with you how to make DIY Wind Chimes from Upcycled Mason Jars in the recent past, and today I am sharing with you my newest addition!

This is the first set I made, which now resides with Pam, a Saved By Love Creations on Instagram follower who won the Instagram only giveaway I ran a few weeks back.  That brings up a good point.  If you are on Instagram, following me results in two things (besides the obvious getting updates on my projects via the pics I share); Exclusive giveaways of the SBLC creations you love and a follow back from me!  Then I can see what you are up to as well.

Repurpose Mason Jars and Recycled Wine Bottles

You can make your own set of these chimes by visiting the link in the first paragraph that teaches you how to cut the mason jar, drill holes in it and string/attach the dangly beads.  The three rings in the middle are created from recycled wine bottles.  I showed you how to make them HERE:  How to Cut Wine Bottles for Perfect Rings:

I Hope you try this project!

DIY Macrame Mason Jar Hanging Planter

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Easy Macrame Mason Jar Hanging Planter DIY @savedbyloves

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Mason jars are being cut like crazy around here.  Today I am showing you how to make this easy macrame mason jar hanging planter.  I have always wanted to make a macrame planter like this, and have finally marked it off of my to do list.  It was super simple and fast to make.  I truly thought it would be  a long, complicated process and am pleased to report I was wrong! If you can count to five and tie a knot, you can make this.  Let's go!

Outdoor Mason Jar Decor Idea

SUPPLIES:

Twine

Mason Jar with bottom 1/3 cut off (How to cut mason jars)

Scissors

Masking Tape

Butane Micro Torch or Candle and Lighter

Bucket of Cold Water

Plant

Chain

TUTORIAL:

Cut 5 pieces of twine, each six feet in length.

How to Make a Macrame hanger

Tie a knot in the middle, leaving a loop at the top for hanging by chain.

Macrame Plant Hanger DIY

Tie the pairs of strings together to make five knots  about 4 inches down from the big knot you made.  In the photo I have completed 2 knots and the third one is in progress.  Tie all 5 pairs of string into 5 knots.

Macrame Plant Hanger DIY

Now you will be making your hanger into a cylinder by joining the outer edges.  About 1.5 inches down from previous knots, tie knots with pairs using one strand from each adjacent knot.  For the final knot, tie the remaining string on each outer side (at the black arrows in the photo) together.  You have a tube.

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Repeat this step one or two more times, depending on how tall your planter is.  You can insert your jar or other container into the planter to determine if you want another row of knots.  I aligned mine so that the first row of knots is at the top of the container and decided that I would like one more row.

Knot Tying

When you are happy with the number of knot rows, Insert plater and gather strands at the base of it to determine where to tie your final knot.

How to Tie a Knot

Tie the knot at the base, insert chain in top loop of planter and hang!  (These last two pics are with a different container, but it is the same process for a mason jar.  Sorry about the graininess!).

Mason Jar Outdoor Decor

Upcycle Craft How to Make a Mason Jar Candle

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How to Make a Mason Jar Candle

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Last week I shared this DIY Mason Jar Chimes tutorial and I bet you were left wondering what was to come of the bottom part of the jar.  Since I cut the jar just above the "Perfect Mason" lettering, I thought it would be so cute as a candle.  Turns out I was right, don't you think?!  Read on to see how to upcycle a mason jar into one of your very own,  These would also be great as part of your DIY wedding decor, or as gifts!

SUPPLIES:

DIY Mason Jar Candle

Beeswax

Soy wicks on metal tabs

Double sided adhesive

Melting Pot

Mason Jar bottom (see tutorial:  How to cut mason jars)

Bamboo Skewer or pencil

Clips

Scissors

Lint free cloth

Soap and water or glass cleaner

TUTORIAL:

Melt wax per instructions.  I used my Ranger melting pot, which was not really the best plan on earth since I could only melt a little bit of wax at a time, but that is what I did.

DIY Candles Mason Jar Decor

Mason Jar Crafts @savedbyloves

While that is melting, prepare container and wick. Clean container well and dry with a lint free cloth.  Adhere wick tab to double sided adhesive, and stick other side into container.  I used two wicks since the jar is big.  Three might have been even better.  That is yet to be seen.

How to Make a Mason Jar Candle Upcycle

Wrap excess wick around dowel rod, centered so that wicks are straight up and down.  Use clips to secure in place.

Recycled Craft Make a Mason Jar Candle

Pour in wax until container is as full as you would like.  Let sit overnight, trim wicks and enjoy!

Make a Mason Jar Candle @savedbyloves

I just love my candle, and the smell of beeswax is wonderful.  This is my first time tackling candle making.  Do you make candles?  Do you have any tips and tricks to share?

How to Make Mason Jar Chimes

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It was only a matter of time before I tried out my bottle cutter on a mason jar.  Today I am sharing how I pulled off this mason jar to wind chimes upcycle, just in time for spring and outdoor decor.  This project is a great stash buster for those beads and charms you've been stockpiling.  There will be some cutting and drilling of glass, but don't fear, you can do this!

Mason Jar Upcycle Repurpose

SUPPLIES:

Mason Jar with lid

2 eye screws

piece of scrap wood about 1/2 inch thick and smaller than lid

fishing line or other clear string

scissors

beads, chain, charms and connectors of your choice

Bottle cutter (Creator's Cutter used in this tutorial)

Butane micro torch or candle and lighter

Dremel or other Rotary tool - I used Beads Landing Rotary Tool

measuring tape

Shallow container with cold water for drilling your jar (this will make sense later)

Bucket of cold water deep enough to submerge jar

Protective mask and goggles

E6000

Diamond Drill Bit for drilling glass

Diamond Bits for glass; I used a bit from this set

Permanent marker

Medium Grit Sand Paper

Glass beads or wine bottle rings (see my Wine Bottle Rings tutorial)

TUTORIAL:

How to Cut a Mason Jar Web

I place the mason jar on the cutter (My wine bottle cutting tutorial has a video on using this specific cutter).

Mason Jar Upcycle

Mark the jar so you know when you have made a complete rotation.

Mason Jar Upcycle Mason Jar Crafts

Once the score line is made, it is time to apply heat/cold to it.  I like to do this with a butane micro torch while rotating the bottle on the cutter jig.  I have moved the blade out of the way and am just using the cutter jig to hold the bottle and give me a way to rotate it easily with one hand while holding the torch with the other.

If you are using a torch, one minute is plenty of time for applying heat.  Sometimes this is enough to break the score line.  If not, submerge jar into cold water, covering score line.  That is all it took for me on this mason jar.  If yours doesn't separate, repeat the heat/cold until it does.

If you are using a candle, watch the video linked above for instructions.

How to make Mason Jar Decor Chimes

 This is what my break looked like.  Not bad!  Now it is time to sand and smooth the edges.

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Sand lightly with medium grit paper.  Get the inner and outer edges of the break.  This is pretty quick.

You will notice after a minute or 2 of sanding that the edge is smooth to the touch and won't cut you.

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I measured the diameter of my jar and it was 12 inches.  I marked every 3 inches for drilling a hole.  This gave me 4 holes evenly spaced around the jar for stringing beads and charms.

How to drill a hole in mason jars

Before drilling, put on eye gear and mask!!

Place jar in shallow container of cold water.  I use a square baking tin.

To begin drilling, come in at an angle to start an indentation.

How to drill a hole in glass

Once the indentation is started, move drill to 90°.  Every 30 or so seconds, stop drilling and rotate jar so that hole gets rinsed out and glass where your were drilling gets cooled.  This prevents the glass from breaking due to high heat.  Continue until you have drilled all the way through.

Do this at each mark around the jar.

Use fishing line or beading string to string various beads, charms, found objects and chain to your liking in each hole.

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I wanted to use the old lid that was on this jar in the design, so I needed to have a way to hang the chimes by it.  I used a hammer and small nail to make a hold in the top center.

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Next I screwed in the eye screw as pictured.

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I screwed into the wooden disk and screwed the remaining eye pin to the other side as shown.  I later added E6000 to the wooden disk on the side that contacts the jar lid for added strength.  It gets pretty gusty around here in the spring!

I cut a length of fishing line to the eye screw and tied the other end to a wine bottle ring, tied another ring to that one, and another ring to that one for a total of 3 hanging down from the middle of the jar.

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To finish, put the lid on the jar and add chain to the eye screw on top for hanging.  Hang and enjoy!

For more mason jar crafts, visit our Collection of 75+ Mason Jar Projects

For more DIY Chimes, visit our 20+ DIY Chimes post!

20 DIY Wind Chimes @savedbyloves outdoordecor

Easy Faux Stained Glass Mason Jars

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Have you had the chance to use Martha Stewart Paintable Clings?  I have always loved the look of stained glass, and these clings give you that in a few easy steps.  My favorite part is that they are reposition-able, so you can easily remove them and place them on another surface.  Read on to see how to use them for this fun heart themed window scene on mason jars.

Martha Stewart Clings

SUPPLIES:

Martha Stewart Clings Stained Glass Jars

Martha Stewart Paintable Clings Hearts and Flowers

Martha Stewart Liquid Fill in colors of your choice

Glass surface such as windows, mason jars, bottles

Paper towels

TUTORIAL:

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Lay out the clings on a flat surface, leaving them on the clear backing sheet.  Paint in the designs using the transparent fill straight from the bottle.  I got lots of air bubbles, which I popped with my finger and wiped onto a paper towel.

DIY Faux Stained Glass Web

Let dry for several hours.  Clean receiving surface with rubbing alcohol and dry with lint free towel.  Apply cling and that is it!  If you don't like the placement, you can easily remove and reposition.

DIY Faux Stained Glass Window Clings

DIY Chalky Glitter Heart Mason Jar Votive Holders

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Today I am sharing how to make these fun chalk and glitter paint mason jar lanterns.  They are super simple to make, and will compliment your Valentine's Day decor perfectly.  Let's get started!

Valentine's Day Mason Jars

SUPPLIES:

Mason Jars

Deco Art Chalky Finish Paint in Everlasting

Deco Art Crystal Glitter Glass Pain in Red

One inch paintbrush or foam brush

Adhesive Jewels

Heart Stickers or Cut out hearts from Foil tape with paper punch or Sizzix Heart Die

Rubbing alcohol

Lint free towel

TUTORIAL:

Mason Jar Lanters

Clean mason jars with alcohol and lint free cloth, then paint with red glitter glass paint by DecoArt.  Let dry completely then place heart stickers where you want your hearts to be.  I used foil tape and my sizzix heart die because The foil sticks well and the paint won't seep under in the next step.

How to Paint Mason Jars Chalkboard

Use a soft brush to paint on chalky finish paint.  I liked the look of the red showing through a little, so I just did one coat, but you can let dry for 30 min and add another coat of you want a whiter look.  When you have painted on your final coat, use tweezers to carefully remove heart stickers after about 10 minutes.  You don't want to let your project dry completely with the stencils still adhered.  If you do, you run the risk of peeling away adjacent paint when you remove them.

Mason Jar Valentine's Day Craft DIY

Apply adhesive rhinestones to jar lid as shown in pics, insert candle and that is the end!

Easy DIY Mason Jar Decor {Porch Light}

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Today I have a quick, easy mason jar decor project.  From what I know about you, my lovely readers, you can't get enough repurposed mason jar crafts.  You also like inexpensive decor solutions that can be executed in a snap.  You won't be disappointed.  This whole project was less than $5 and took less than 5 minutes.  That's the stuff.

DIY Mason Jar Porch Light

All I did for this was remove the original globe that came with the light and screw in the mason jar!  Make sure your jar lid fits over the light bulb (I know, I know... obvious,  but I had to say it).  If your light fixture isn't magically the same size as a mason jar, run to Habitat Restore and nab a new one, or you could use metal snips to cut a hole big enough for the light bulb in the lid to the jar, then glue the lid to the light fixture.  Then you could screw the jar onto the lid, like I showed you in my Mason Jar Chandelier Project:

DIY Mason Jar Lamp

For more mason jar crafts, visit our Collection of 75+ Mason Jar Projects