Posts Tagged ‘Mason’

Quick Patio Lanterns

This week’s 3d Challenge at Paper Craft Planet, 3D 120, is Mason Jar Patio Lanterns.

We had a street party here last week & I wanted to dress up the front with some patio lights.  This was a relatively quick & inexpensive way to do it.

The mason jars, at regular price here are $7 for a douzen, I think, but you can get them on sale.  Tea lights, from Ikea, super cheap & I have more tea lights than I know what to do with more.  Besides that you’ll need some kind of piercer (I used a punch) & wire.  C’est tout!

Take the mason jar apart and remove the flat lid part.  Punch/pierce the rim lid twice at opposites sides.

Measure off some wire, about 10″.   Don’t use soldering wire, which I mistakenly first tried to use.  Man that stuff just falls apart.  To be truthful, the soldering wire wasn’t labeled LOL, but I figured that one out pretty quickly.

You only need a bit of wire poking through on the inside.

Then just screw on the lid onto the jar.

Do the same with the others.  You could decorate with tissue paper, if you’d like coloured lights, but I like them simple.

Recruit helpers to add tea lights.

And one more long wire to string along like a garland so the lanterns can hang evenly.

They were a hit!  I never worried about the lights, because tea lights last an hour or so & then they just melt off.

Be sure to give this one a go.  It’s a fun & inexpensive way to dress up the night Patio.



Soups On.

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Paper Craft Planet’s 3D challenge, 3d39, this week is from Lyn Bernatovich, with this really cute “Soup in a Jar”–Friendship Soup.  Cute Gift!

Here’s Lyn’s Friendship Soup Recipe:

Friendship Soup

½ c. dried split green peas
1/3 c. beef bouillon granules
¼ c. medium pearl barley
½ c. dried lentils
¼ c. minced dried onion
2 tsp. Italian seasoning
½ c. uncooked long grain rice
½ c. uncooked small pasta
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1 lb. ground beef
3 qts. water
1 can (28oz) diced tomatoes undrained
1 sm. onion, chopped
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In a 1 qt. jar, layer first 7 ingredients in the order listed. Wrap pasta in plastic and add to jar. Seal tightly. Store up to 3 months in a cool, dry place.

To Prepare Soup:
Remove pasta from jar and set aside. In a dutch oven over medium heat, cook beef until no longer pink, drain. Add water, tomatoes and soup mix; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 45 minutes.

Stir in pasta, cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until pasta, peas, barley and lentils are tender. Makes 4 quarts/16 servings.

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Here’s my decorated Jar for the soup.  Yes, I know where’s the ingredients?  I just see rice.  Uh, yes.  Liam & I are on Puppy Watch, as Sparkle had surgery & the poor Pup is recovering.  So just back & forth to get the kids to & from school.  No time for shopping.  But it’ll be ready for when I get the dry ingredients.

Oh yes, do you like the “Jolly” stickers?  Liam was my helper boy (slightly adjusted by Mum), with “USE theeese”.  Ah the embellishment drawer proved very exciting to a 3 year old today.

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Stampin’ Up:  Merry Moments DSP, Nestabilties Scalloped & Circles, Jolly Stickers from Sugarplum, 1 L Mason Jar, Ribbon from Walmart.