I am friends with a ton of really talented Canadian bloggers and we all belong to a Facebook group where we chat and discuss all fun things blogging. It helps us in so many ways to navigate the sometimes crazy world of blogging but more so from a Canadian perspective because there are so many little differences on what it’s like to blog on this side of border than our friends in the US.
And we came up with the idea for a cross Canada “blog hop” where we could each share a handmade “Christmas/Chanukkah/whatever you’re celebrating this season” gift and all our readers can follow the hop just by checking the hashtag #CDNHandmadeHoliday across your various social media platforms.
This is my contribution – a mason jar leather lantern!
Now if you’re a regular reader of my blog and you just read the title and thought did hell just about froze over for me this season, yes it’s true, I actually did a mason jar craft. I rant a lot about mason jars and people think I hate them. It’s quite the opposite. I have mason jars and other jars all over our house, especially on our desks where they hold all our pens and pencils. What I hate is the popularity of mason jars. They just won’t die. It’s like when you enjoy something and want to keep it to yourself and it instead turns into the biggest crafting phenomenon since chalk paint. People can’t enough of them. It doesn’t matter how many times I have begged people to move onto something else, it’s like a giant mason jar magnet, spawning such timeless articles about them like the one I just about keeled over laughing when I read it on The Onion.
So in the spirit of the Holidays I am putting my mason jar um, venting aside and thought “If you can’t beat them, join them.” Because rustic and mason jar are practically synonymous with Christmas.
Here’s how I made this lantern – two to be precise. I got a jar and some leather, then measured and cut out my leather that would wrap around the jar. Repeated this twice.
Then using a fancy cookie cutter, I traced a star onto one of the pieces of leather and cut that out using an Xacto knife. Then on the other piece of leather I stamped the word Twinkle on it with my leather stamp set.
Afterwards, I marked and punched some holes into the leather using my leather punch and hammered my metal rivets into them.
Then from the top of the jar, I slide the leather over the jar.
Wrapped it up in some twine and Christmas berry garland and I was done. As you can see by the random yet strategically placed shots of the lanterns in the snow
And it glows…
Christmas makes everything look good. Even mason jars. I am totally kidding!! I want to be on Santa’s nice list too.
That and because you’ll never forgive me for the next mason jar craft coming up…
Make sure to check out all of the great handmade holiday gift ideas by following along at #CDNHandmadeHoliday