Light up the night

Photo Credit: Maureen Didde

Photo Credit: Maureen Didde

A DIY project with mason jars that mom can enjoy with dad after the kids are asleep.

The nights are getting warmer and the backyard beckons you to spend time out there even after the sun goes down. Unless, you’re looking to channel your full nocturnal skills and dance only by moonlight, dancing by candlelight is the best approach. But the problem with candles and backyards is the potential for turning that moonlight dance with someone special into giving statements to the local fire marshall while his team hoses off your deck. So you need to design some backyard lanterns that are as safe as they are charming.

Believe it or not, mason jars fit the bill. With the additon of wire, sand and votive candles, you can easily construct some rustic outdoor lanterns. Hang them from some trees and when the sun goes down you’ve transformed your deck, patio, or backyard into a scene from a fairy tale. And this time, mom gets to be the princess.

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