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Super-Simple Outdoor Jar Light

Line a walkway or patio with these simple lanterns on a stake with only a few minutes effort.

Row of jelly jar lanterns

Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

A few hours

Estimated Cost


Tools & Materials


  • Pliers
  • Wire cutters
  • Screwdriver


  • Clear jelly jar lamp globe, #220231
  • 28-in pigtail sign holder, #222126
  • 3-1/16-in-to-4-in full clamp, #120906
  • 24-gauge floral wire, #81999
  • LED or votive candles
  • Greenery and ornaments of your choice

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Step 1

At the bottom loop of the pigtail sign holder, bend the long portion of the wire 90 degrees to the loop. Then bend the shorter section where it leaves the loop to make it 90 degrees to the lower loop.

Step 2

Slip the clamp over the sign holder and add the lamp globe so that the bottom rests on the horizontal loop. Tighten the clamp until the globe is snug against the wire. You may need to adjust the clamp to keep the jar from sliding out of position.

Step 3

Make jar lanterns by the dozen to line a walkway. Change decorations for a fresh look every year. --Lowe’s Creative Ideas

Cut pieces of floral wire to attach sprigs of evergreen and ornaments to the top loop of the sign holder. Then add your choice of a votive candle or LED candle and drive the long leg of the sign holder into the ground.