Knotted Macrame Lantern

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Guys, I know it’s been some time since I last posted a craft project, summer has been more about food & drinks for me this year. But since outdoor soirees are far from over and adding new DIY pieces to your decor is always fun, today I’m going to show you how to make fishnet style knotted macrame lanterns!

I’ve been eying these nautical inspired pieces for a while, but always found something more important to do. I guess most of you understand the phrase „pinned for later” all too well. 🙂 The other day though, arriving home sweaty and exhausted, I was in need of an instant distraction and decided to instead of procrastinating, just go for it. Grabbed a glass of rosé, a spool of twine and a jar, and took it to the patio.

Well, not just any jar. I have this really old one from my 90-year-old granny that’s been filled with the most delicious jams every year for decades, but got out of rotation because it has no proper lid. I absolutely love the color of antique glassware! Did you know those stunning shades of bluish to greenish aqua are actually the result of iron impurities in the sand used for making glass? They are considered lower grade as opposed to their boring unstained siblings. Total beach vibes though!

I’m pretty OCD about candles too (aren’t we all?), and there’s never too many lanterns and candle holders in my home. So pour yourself a glass of your poison and join me crafting!

What you’ll need:

  • empty jars in whatever size you’d like
  • jute twine
  • scissors
  • ruler (if you don’t trust your visual estimate)

tools for knotted macrame lantern

Instructions:

Turn your jar upside down and measure twine around it (from top, to bottom, to top). Multiply this length by 10 if you want to hang your lantern, or by 5 if you don’t. Cut 8 pieces of twine at this length.

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Divide twine into 2 bunches of 4, cross them at the center and tie a lanyard knot. Here’s how (Thanks, Martha!):

lanyard knot template

Measure the diameter of the bottom of your jar, divide it in half. Tie 2 adjacent strands together with an overhand knot at this distance all the way around (totaling 8 knots). This makes the bottom part of your net.

Continue tying the strings with this method until the net is enough to cover your jar. You don’t have to use the same distance as for the bottom, make net as dense as you prefer but keep knot distances consistent throughout.

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Fill jar with sand, pebbles or shells and add a candle or LED tea lights to be extra safe. If you planned to hang the lantern, tie to a branch with the remaining length of twine, careful to never let the flame come in contact with the twine.

knotted macrame jar lantern with candle

And you are ready! If you need further visual guidance, you can check the video tutorial over at Martha Stewart. Invite family and friends over, and enjoy chats and good eats illuminated by your new light fixtures!

Fruzsi

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Preserving 101: How to Sterilize Jars

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Welcome back! In the second part of the blog series, we are going to discuss jars, lids and the sterilization process.

According to USDA, glass jars are the best choice for home canning because with careful handling, they may be reused many times. When canning properly, you can achieve an excellent vacuum and glass breakage is very rare. Tempered, Mason-type jars dedicated to home canning are sold widely, but most commercial jars may just as well be used. Every glass jar could be weakened by repeated use however. Seemingly insignificant scratches can cause cracking, and lids get tired after a while too. Make sure your glassware is free of nicks, check the condition of rubber seals on the lids.

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Before every use, wash jars in hot water with detergent and rinse well (or wash in a dishwasher), let dry upside down on a clean teatowel. After this your jars are not ready to be filled yet! Choose from the 3 methods below to sterilize them. Be extra careful not to burn yourself. Jars and lids will be very hot, wear kitchen gloves to protect your hands.

Oven dry heat sterilization. Put pre-washed jars upright on a metal tray not touching each other, transfer to preheated oven for 45 min. on 160°C, 25 min. on 180°C, or 10 min. on 200°C.

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Boiling-water sterilization. Put jars right side up in a large pot with a rack at the bottom, fill with enough water to cover them completely. Bring water to a boil and simmer for 10 min. Remove and drain hot sterilized jars.

Steam sterilization. Some modern, top-of-the-line dishwashers have steam cycles (look for `Sanitize´ option) capable of reaching and maintaining 70°C or above. If yours is like that, simply fill it up with jars and let it do the rest for you.

Sterilizing lids. Use the boiling-water method. Dry heat can damage the rubber gaskets and thin out plastic parts, resulting in bad seal.

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There! You did everything to make sure your containers are safe to fill with all the deliciousness, and it wasn’t even complicated. And now, onto packing processes in the next part of the series. Stay tuned!

Fruzsi