Mason Jar Decor

I recently became tired of my living room wall sconces and decided to switch them up a bit.  The old ones were chipped and outdated.  So instead of buying all new sconces, I decided to make my own out of mason jars I had collected.

Anyone can make them… It was super easy and they turned out great!

Mason Jar Wall Sconces

To make these super-easy Hanging Mason Jar Vases, you will need:

Supplies

– 1 glass mason jar

– 1 votive candle

– a handful of glass pebbles

– craft wire (about 22 gauge or heavier)

– wire cutters and needle-nose pliers

– (Optional) seed beads

– (Optional) thin craft wire (24 gauge or lighter)

I simply placed the votive into the mason jar and surrounded it with the glass pebbles. 

Then I wrapped the heavier gauge craft wire around the mouth of the jar and created two loops directly across on each side.  I made sure that the loops were wrapped well, creating a strong enough hold that the jar would not slide out once it was hung.  I then snipped off any excess pieces.

Then I took another piece of the heavy gauge wire and created my “handle” from with the jar would hang from.  I measured it so that it would hang where I would want it to and then added an inch or so on each end.  I then wrapped the wire securely to the other piece of wire around the mouth of the jar.  You can see here how the two came together:

Once I did that on both sides, it was ready to hang.  However, I wanted to add a bit of color to the jar, so I created a beaded vine by using the light gauge wire and seed beads and twisting them into little clusters that somewhat resemble a vine of flowers.

I then wrapped the vine around the existing “handle”.

The end result was just the look I wanted!  And the whole process took me about an hour to complete.

Here are a few ideas to expand on this craft:

– Change the color of the votive candles or the glass pebbles to add even more color.

– Change up the beaded vine as well or add more to make the vine look fuller.

– Take the candles out and add fresh flowers in the spring.

– Hang several jars from ceiling hooks above a window.

– Hang outdoors on porches or around a garden and use citronella candles to keep the bugs away.

The possibilities are endless!

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A Dog’s Love

On the weekends, if I wake up before the rest of the house, I like to go sit in the living room chair and watch out our front picture window.  Angus, our Golden Retriever, loves to sit next to me in “his” chair.  Often he too watches out the window, or sometimes just stares at me as sip my morning coffee.  I just love our little quality morning time together!

It's tough being this darn cute!

Quick, Easy, Messy and Delish!

What else could you possibly want in a dessert?!?

Last night I made Chocolate covered Peanut Butter Graham Cracker squares… and they were so yummy!  So of course, I thought I would share 🙂

PB Graham Squares

3 Simple ingredients:

6 Graham Crackers (broken in halves – 12 total)

Peanut Butter

1 Package of Melting Chocolate

My simple steps to yummy goodness:

Melt 1/2 the chocolate in a double boiler. 

Once it is melted, remove it from the heat.  Dip graham cracker halves and cover them completely with a thin layer of melted chocolate.  Remove and set on wax paper over a cookie sheet.  Once all the crackers are dipped, place the cookie sheet in the freezer for about 10 minutes – until the chocolate has set.

Take the chocolate squares out of the freezer and add a thick layer of peanut butter to the top of each square.  Place back in the freezer for about 20-30 minutes – until the peanut butter is hardened slightly.

Melt the other half of the chocolate in the double boiler.  Once it is completely melted, remove it from the heat and remove the squares from the freezer.  Pour a couple of spoonfuls of melted chocolate over each square and carefully spread them over the top and sides of the graham. 

Once every square is covered, return them to the freezer once more until the new layer of chocolate has set (around 10 minutes or so).

Peal them off the wax paper and VOILA!  A tasty treat!!  Enjoy!