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Screen-Wrapped Luminaries

Wrap economical canning jars in window screen fabric for luminaries that transform from airy sculptures during the day to warm, glowing lights at night.

Screen luminaries lining an outdoor walkway

Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

A few hours

Estimated Cost


Tools and Materials


  • Wire cutters
  • Steel snips or heavy-duty scissors
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Leather gloves


  • 48-in x 7-ft bright screen, #15097
  • Pack of 12 32-ounce jars, #113004
  • 18-gauge steel wire, #62933
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The supplies listed will provide enough material to make eight luminaries with four jars and plenty of wire left over if you plan to buy additional screen.


Clipped ends of metal screen can be sharp. Protect your hands with leather work gloves.

Step 1

Cut window screen into pieces using steel snips

Unroll the screen and cut it in half down the center of the 7-foot length of the roll. Cut both strips to make eight 21-in x 24-in pieces. Then cut a 16-inch piece of 18-gauge wire for each luminary you'll make.

Step 2

Place a jar at the center of the creased screen
Make two diagonal creases in each 21-in x 24-in piece of screen and unfold the material after each creasing. On one of the screens, place a jar at the center where the creases meet.

Step 3

Bunch screen around jar mouth
Bunch the screen around the neck of the jar and press it tightly against the glass. Check that the screen under the bottom of the jar doesn't keep the luminary from sitting flat on the work surface.

Step 4

Tighten the wire around the screen and jar
While holding the screen pulled tight, wrap a piece of wire around the screen and glass just below the lip near the top of the jar. Use needle-nose pliers to twist the wire tight. Clip off any excess wire.

Step 5

Spread screen to form a plume
Shape the folds of screen as desired to form a plume and to provide access for placing a candle or LED light in the jar.

Step 6

Completed and lit screen luminary
If you plan to display your luminaries in a breezy outdoor area and there's no snow to anchor them, partially fill the bottoms of the jars with sand to provide stability.