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Hello, my name is Dionne and I have been crafting for a very long time. As a very young child my mother tried to teach me to knit, it was a disaster. However, it must have sparked an interest in making things and, partly to prove that I was not totally useless and partly because I really wanted to make things, I taught myself to crochet. Over the years I have developed a love of cross stitch and all types of paper craft ..... I eventually even taught myself to knit.


I am married to a very understanding man, thank goodness, because I spend all my time either crafting, thinking about crafting or talking about crafting. I am hopeless at housework and dinner is often late!


Thank you for visiting my blog.


Dionne

Friday, 13 January 2017

Firefly Lights Jars

Emm, thinking about it now, I probably should have published this post before Christmas but it is another one that slipped though the net.

I couple of years ago I made a light jar and liked the effect so much I decided to make some more this year.  This photograph really does not do them justice, they are far prettier than they look here, especially if you put the lights on a slow twinkle.


In the autumn I like to do some pickling for my family and a while ago I purchased some second hand Kilner jars from ebay for this purpose.  However, it was not a good purchase as I later discovered that they were only pennies more expensive new, and the lids of these jars were rusty and therefore unsuitable for food storage.

However, I did not want to waste the jars so I went on Pinterest to get some ideas of what else I might do with them.  This project caught my eye and they are so simple to make.  Back to ebay to buy battery operated macro lights and some suitable fabric.

My initial idea was to hide the batteries in the lid, but the battery pack was too large for that.  However, because of the design of the Kilner jar I was able to take the wire out through the top of the loose lid and the little fabric mop cap nicely hides everything.  I used red hairbands to hold the mop hats in place.

I think they would also look good outside on warm evenings ..... I would probably change the pattern on the fabric though!

Thank you for visiting today and I hope you have a wonderful weekend.


Dionne

12 comments:

  1. I've seen these on Pinterest too, and think they are so cute. I like your idea of fabric tops.
    They will look amazing in the summer evenings......or anytime.

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    1. Thank you Krisha, they look great and are so easy to make, I would encourage you to have a go.

      D

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  2. This is a fantastic idea Dionne!! Love the fabric tops! My parents got me a little decoration for Christmas, similar to this. It's like a stemless wine glass with a frosted image on it of a deer, a squirrel and a bird in a wintery scene, and inside is a set of lights, just like this. I was trying to think how I could make something similar and now you've given me just the spark of creativity I needed! I've bookmarked this one for next year's Christmas craft line up!! Happy weekend my friend :)

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    1. I am so happy to be able to return the favour, as it were, and to provide you with some inspiration for a change.

      Your present sounds gorgeous by the way.

      xxx

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  3. That's so weird, I was going to do this the other day! I saw something similar online the other day and it looks so magical! I like how you used different colors

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    1. Thay are so easy to make, do have a go.

      I gave these away as Christmas gifts, so the different colours went to different new homes. However, I can just imagine a garden with several tables and different coloured lights on each table.

      Dionne xx

      Dionne xx

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  4. What a brilliant idea and these look fantastic-something decorative and different
    Carol x

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  5. These are great, and so cosy to have throughout the dark winter evenings. I meant to send you a picture of some that I saw for sale last year - they were £15 and without the lovely "hat" !!!! xx

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    1. Wow, that is an amazing prize, they cost me a fraction of this.

      Thank you.

      Dionne xx

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  6. Wonderful idea and so pretty too.
    Faith
    x

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    1. .... and really easy to make Faith.

      Dionne x

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