Tutorial: Pretty Hanging Jars Strand from Tonia at The Gunny Sack.

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Hi everyone!  Welcome back to The Southern Institute!  Today we have a great guest, Tonia from The Gunny Sack.  Tonia has been linking up with Creative Me for quite awhile now.  Her projects are always so much fun!  One of the things I love about her posts is that her talent for teaching shows through with each tutorial she writes.  She may not realize it, but it’s a gift, and I’m so glad that she is here to share with us today!


Hello Southern Institute friends, my name is Tonia from The Gunny Sack and I am delighted to be here to today!  I am going to show you how I made a Hanging Jar Strand.

This Hanging Jar Strand was inspired by the Hanging Vase Strand from Anthropologie.  I think the Anthro version is adorable but I wanted colored glass that I could fit a candle in.  Although I’ve seen painted glass all over the blogosphere, this was my first time trying it.  So, I used a tutorial by Jennifer at Delightfully Noted as my inspiration for how to paint the glass.

I wasn’t sure what kind of jars to use so I stopped by a dollar store and found these cute glass containers.  I love the square pattern in the glass and the rim around the top will help keep the wire in place.

These are the supplies I used:

4 Glass Jars

Mod Podge

Aqua Paint


Paint Brush


Paper Towels


Needle Nose Pliers

First I covered my table with newspaper to protect it.  Then, I mixed together Mod Podge, aqua paint and water in a bowl.  I didn’t measure the amounts but I used much more Modge Podge than paint and I mixed in water until the mixture was thin.  The thinner the mix, the more see through the paint will be.


Paint the bottom and sides of the jar.

Turn the jar upside down on a folded up paper towel to dry.  Every once in awhile I would pick up the jar and wipe any excess paint off the rim.  I didn’t want the jar to stick to the paper towel.

Once the paint was dry, I grabbed some wire and a needle nose pliers.  I chose dark wire over silver wire for more contrast.

I made 3 loops around the rim of the jar with the wire and twisted the end around the wire around the wire strand to hold it in place.

Then, I continued wrapping and twisting the wire around the jars.  I made sure that the wire twist was on opposite sides of the jars to that they will hang in a more random way.  I used the needle nose pliers to clip the wire and made a loop at the end of the strand so that it can be hung.

I placed a candle inside each jar so that they can be light at night.  Another option would be to use the flameless candles.

I am going to put this Hanging Jar Strand on my front porch!  Thanks so much for having me as your guest today, Jenny!  I hope you all stop by The Gunny Sack and check out my other tutorials and recipes!


  1. This is so awesome – Tonia has the best projects! Thanks for sharing!!

  2. Lindsay says:

    This is wonderful! What a great tutorial, I just adore Tonia!

  3. Jennifer says:

    Awww Tonya I am so glad you were able to use my tutorial and this project came out beautiful! One of my favorite colors too.

    • Yup Jennifer, you are not only a crafting inspiration but as I’ve mentioned before, your blog posts never fail to leave me with with a smile on my face!

  4. These would be amazing for a garden party! And I bet they look even more dreamy lit up.

  5. Thanks again for having me as your guest Jenny!

  6. Abbie Taylor says:

    So pretty. Will definitely give this a try.

    • Jenny Yarbrough says:

      I hope you do, Abbie! If you do, be sure to link it up with the Flickr group. :)

  7. kellie says:

    this is so pretty and seems so simple to do! i love the color!

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