How to make pretty lights…

July 27, 2010 55 Comments by Kirsty

Light Group

Ambient light in 5 minutes flat!

The jar lights I made created quite a bit of interest.

The benefit of using LED lights over tealights is safety & if you’re having an outdoor party you don’t need to worry about weather as the light would of course be protected by the lid of the jar.

Edit: I used large jars which were purchased very cheaply from a homewares store but used kitchen jars would work too. If you want uniformity with the the lids then perhaps a coat of paint?

The LED battery operated lights that I used were purchased from Bunnings. They are OSRAM brand “Dot-it” lights. They are around the $10 mark but they do just go on & on & on. I’ve also seen them at lighting shops.

I’m seriously considering setting up something in the garden similar to this brilliant piece of garden art…

freshly installed
& 3 months later

which was inspired by Margie’s project here.

Of course, you don’t really need a how to…it’s a speed demon type project. Forge ahead, have a crack & you can’t really go wrong.

& because I wanted to try out the embed feature through Google Docs…

you just need to click the little icon in the top right (open in new window) if you want to print the pdf.

If you liked this idea you might also like the wrapped tealights.

50 Comments

  1. by marie-nicole
    4 years ago

    They look fantastic. Great idea!

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  2. Andi
    4 years ago

    Clever chick!
    Where'd you get your LEDs?

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  3. june at noon
    4 years ago

    You just constantly amaze me with your creative vision. Gorgeous!

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  4. vadjutka
    4 years ago

    they look divine!
    I am sure I will make a few for xmas!

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  5. Kathryn Mitchell
    4 years ago

    Omg at the lights AND the cupcake cosy!!

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  6. Mama Mogantosh
    4 years ago

    Wow, these are seriously cool – and the step-by-step tute is good too. x

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  7. Cath @ chunkychooky
    4 years ago

    having previously got excited oiver the cupcake cosy i am now hyperventilating over the LED light thingy and the covered rocks… so much to do this week!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  8. Lexi:: PottyMouthMama
    4 years ago

    Kirst – these are gorgeous! And the link to the stones – beautiful. I love that. Big love.

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  9. Notchka
    4 years ago

    Another fantastic project – go you!!

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  10. Leah
    4 years ago

    Thanks Kirsty, my kids were needing a night light I recon this is perfect cause its not to bright and gives off cool patterns too. Your Ace!

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  11. Frog, Goose and Bear
    4 years ago

    these are just gorgeous!!

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  12. CurlyPops
    4 years ago

    I was going to ask the same question as Andi – where do you buy LED's?

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  13. Catherine
    4 years ago

    Such a clever idea Kirsty. They look beautiful and the effect is stunning.

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  14. One Flew Over
    4 years ago

    You are a generous gem xx

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  15. Megan.K.
    4 years ago

    So clever and beautiful Kirsty. Thanks for sharing this.

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  16. Angie
    4 years ago

    love the lights (clever you) and the links!

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  17. grrrlgeek
    4 years ago

    Did you buy the jars? They look so uniform.

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  18. jessica
    4 years ago

    love this idea. lace is so pretty & romantic. thank you.

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  19. Cotton Kiwi
    4 years ago

    Love them and such a great idea for a party. I'm ALMOST wishing the nearly 4 year old's fairy party was at night now!

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  20. mayaluna
    4 years ago

    this is just what I was looking for and didn't know it! I've been wanting to make some kind of fun lighting for my deck, but hadn't figured out what to do, yet… Leave it to you to solve my dilemma!xo

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  21. BETHZAIDA
    4 years ago

    Tremenda idea y perfecta para sustituir las velas en caso de que te quedes sin servicio electrico, que pasa mucho aqui. Seguro y facil de hacer. Donde consigues las luces LED???

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  22. Kirsty
    4 years ago

    Hi There

    Thanks for your interested. I just wanted to let you know that I've updated the post with more info about the LED battery operated lights & the jars too.

    Have fun.

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  23. cyndic
    4 years ago

    awesome. Can't wait to try it…

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  24. Leni and Rose
    4 years ago

    Kirsty! These are seriously stunning! My breath is taken away!

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  25. Kelly
    4 years ago

    I love this idea! Thanks for sharing such detailed instructions & pictures.

    I can't wait to whip up some of my own.

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  26. Kirsten
    4 years ago

    Hello there,
    these are the most beautiful lights and such a wonderful idea. Well done. I think I will need to make some for my lounge room. I look forward to more blog posts. xo

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  27. Gina
    4 years ago

    Brooolliant!

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  28. Esti
    4 years ago

    they're beautiful!

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  29. RadArta
    4 years ago

    Asolutely beautifull …

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  30. Just Jenn Designz
    4 years ago

    What a super idea! They are absolutely gorgeous! Thank you for sharing pictures and directions with us.
    Jenn

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  31. Caro
    4 years ago

    I bought my LED lights at the dollar store! :)

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  32. Rachel@oneprettything.com
    4 years ago

    Those are stunning! They would be so beautiful at a wedding. Thanks so much for this, I'll be linking.

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  33. Anonymous
    4 years ago

    after seeing jars w/ lights,I was suppose to see a few sec.. video but it would never get finished loading so I never saw it.It is STILL " loading"…

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  34. Project K
    4 years ago

    Hi Kristy
    I loved this idea so much, I thought I'd give it a try, I posted my results on my webpage and cited you as my inspiration, hope you don't mind the link! love your blog layout, super fab.
    happy monday!

    http://www.projectk.ca/Project_K/HOME/Entries/2010/8/16_Easy_Patio_Lantern.html

    Cheers,
    Karina
    Project K

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  35. Jacinta @ modelmumma
    4 years ago

    that is just awesome! so simple but looks stunning!

    http://www.modelmumma.blogspot.com

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  36. Lenetta @ Nettacow
    4 years ago

    Very neat, I love girly projects! :>) I linked on my weekly roundup – thanks for sharing!

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  37. Kat
    4 years ago

    Why are these "pretty girly"??? Not sure why you had to gender this project. Lace and doilies are not by their nature "girly" … in fact, nothing is naturally girly. We just make up stupid rules about what is girly and what isn't. "How to make pretty lights!" would have sufficed, don't you think? Please consider changing the title to something that doesn't alienate people who don't fit into your shallow gender definitions. Thanks!

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  38. Kirsty
    4 years ago

    Hi Kat

    Thanks for your comment.

    The "girly" thing does have a back story related to some crochet & timber furniture I fashioned for our bedroom. My husband said he thought the bedroom was too girly. Regular readers of my blog would know this. They would also know that I go to great lengths NOT to offend anyone in this space.

    So I am sorry if the name of the project has put you off. I didn't expect this very simple project to be picked up so widely & perhaps would have thought more carefully if I'd had any inkling.

    Anyway, I hope you enjoyed the how to and made the "simple lace lights" anyway.

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  39. Ruby Taylor
    4 years ago

    These girly lights are awesome!!! Thanks so much for sharing…I can't wait to try my hand at these!

    Ruby

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  40. Nancy Ward
    4 years ago

    Hi!

    Wanted you to know I posted a link to this tutorial today on my blog, PaperFriendly.

    Nancy Ward
    PaperFriendly
    http://nancywardcrafts.com

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  41. Suki@Fantabulous Design
    4 years ago

    They're so lovely, I'll try this weekend. Thank you for the easy instruction. I hope you don't mind, I share this on my blog.
    Wonderful blog, I will be back regularly.

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  42. Elisha
    4 years ago

    Great project! blogged!

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  43. Gorgeous
    4 years ago

    I love this idea!. What do you use to make the lace adhere to the jar?

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  44. Gorgeous
    4 years ago

    Oh, nevermind. I get it now.

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  45. olivia
    4 years ago

    very beautiful idea
    Arts and Crafts Library

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  46. ElizabethMD
    3 years ago

    What a beautiful inspiring idea. I love it!

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  47. S/V Mari Hal-O-Jen
    3 years ago

    Gorgeous! Goes so well with your lacey stones too…

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  48. Lauren
    3 years ago

    I love these! They’re the perfect diy girly touch my kitchen needs :)

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  49. shanon
    2 years ago

    Where did you happen to find the rose material on the back jars? I love these for a nusery gift thank you

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    • Kirsty
      2 years ago

      These were remnants from an op shop but I’m sure I’ve seen this lace at Spotlight.

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