Hello, everyone! I’m Amy, from Ms. Toody Goo Shoes,
reporting for duty here at Claire’s.
I’m super-excited to be a part of this week‘s “Summer In Jars” series!
One of my favorite things about June is enjoying the longest days of the year.
I’ve always loved sitting outside after dinner,
lighting a few candles at dusk, and watching the evening sky turn to darkness.
Water bead lanterns are a pretty way to add
candle light to outdoor spaces on those long summer nights.
It’s a super– easy DIY project,
which can be assembled in less than five minutes.
That’s my kind of DIY.
Water beads (aka, water jewels) are polymer beads
that “grow” as they absorb water.
They can be purchased dehydrated, or hydrated (which is what I bought),
and are available in a variety of colors
so you can customize your creation.
I chose blue for this project to evoke an ocean feel.
Okay, maybe it doesn’t look like the Atlantic,
but it does remind me of the color of the water in Hawaii, or the Mediterranean.
What you’ll need (affiliate links included):
*I bought two one-liter containers of hydrated beads,
which was enough to fill five 16-oz. jars.
Fill about 1/3 of jar with water beads.
Turn the submersible LED light on,
and place light in the center of the jar, over the beads, using tongs, if necessary.
Fill the rest of the jar with water beads, covering the LED light.
Fit the wire jar handle around the mouth of the jar
(be sure to hook it securely if you plan to hang the jar).
Place the tea light holder insert into the lid cover.
Put candle into the tea light insert
(if tea light has a silver covering,
snip with a scissor to remove it, so candle fits into insert).
During the daytime, you won’t see the LED light glowing,
but the beads will glisten in the sunlight.
Once the sun goes down, the lantern starts to glimmer.
The lanterns can be hung,
but mine just sit on the table, looking glamorous.
Aren‘t they fun?
Summer in a jar, indeed!
Be sure to check out all of the other fun “Summer In Jars” projects for Day #4 by clicking on the links below: