Welcome to Frugal with a Flourish!

Enjoy your time here! Don't miss a post by getting email updates any time there is something new. You can also get updates through Google Friend Connect or follow me on Facebook or Twitter to get the latest info and see all the things that inspire me!

[ | Posted in | | ]

So if you remember - I am working on updating "The World's Smallest Patio Ever". Now, I don't have a big reveal for you today ... but I do want to share with you one of the projects I am putting together!  Every space needs a little lighting and I knew when I saw these in the Pottery Barn catalog that they were just what I wanted. However, the $7.50 price tag seemed a little pricey for a Mason Jar and some wire.

Hanging Mason Jar from Pottery Barn

So here is my knock off version!  The rest of the post is my tricks and tips on how I got this done!  First, I started with some Mason jars from Goodwill - 99 cents a piece. Then I used some 18 gauge galvanized steel wire that we had to make the rest. 

The biggest trick on making this look authentic is being able to get the wire wrapped uniformly.  I am sure there are machines that do this for the big guys - but for you and me - we have to figure out other means!  The trick to keeping it uniform is to keep tension on the wire while you wrap.  So I used the inside of a door hinge to wrap my 18 gauge wire on. 

Now that little loop at the top that you use to wrap it around the top of the hinge is important so don't straighten it out ok! 

Instead use that to make a wrapped loop.

Then trim the edges with wire cutters.

Pull the wire through your loop to make a lasso of sorts and tighten around the top of the jar.

Wrap around to the other side, hold tight and make another loop to finish the handle.

Ta-da!  Don't you just love it!!!  I filled them with some river rocks we had from an old aquarium - soaked in a little Dawn with Bleach to get rid of any fishy smell.  I then added a citronella votive that I got in a pack of six for $1 at a dollar store.  So these beauties only cost me around $1.20 a piece! 

What do you think?  Is it worth the $6.30 savings or would you just buy them?  I would love to know!

Oh ... and if you were seeing my tweets this weekend about building something, I thought I would give you a sneek peek at another thing I am working on for the patio.  I am loving how these are turning out!  Stay tuned for a big reveal next weekend!

Linking this up to
DIY Day with Kimba @ A Soft Place to Land
Get Your Craft On with Kim @ Today's Creative Blog 
Penny Pinching Party with Jen @ The Thrifty Home 
Show and Share Day with Chris @ Just a Girl 
Frugalicious Friday with Jane @ Finding Fabulous  

Also linking this up for The CSI Project's Pottery Barn Challenge

Visit thecsiproject.com

67 frugal friends said ...

Kelsey said... @ May 10, 2010 at 10:29 PM

These turned out so cute! I will totally have to give these a try when were in our new place...our deck definitely needs some more light and cuteness! :)

La-Dee-da crafter said... @ May 10, 2010 at 10:53 PM

love these. I did something silimilar with baby food jars when I had a garden party. But these are a keeper. Good job.
visiting from
I will also find you on blog frog! yay!

Kate Riley said... @ May 10, 2010 at 11:25 PM

Jess, you're brilliant ! What an eye you have !


Gracefully Vintage said... @ May 10, 2010 at 11:39 PM

Great Job- looks amazing- and just in time for the summer.. What a cute gift to give someone as a thank you-housewarmer-or hostess gift- I just love unique one of kind home made gifts- LOVE it...

Judy@grammyreads.com said... @ May 11, 2010 at 7:03 AM

Very cool! I see brides going hog wild over mason jars and I am thinking,"you know Wal-mart has those, right?"

Jenny @ DIY Newlyweds said... @ May 11, 2010 at 10:18 AM

Very cute! I will have to try this out, it looks great.

raggygirlvintage said... @ May 11, 2010 at 11:17 AM

I think they turned out amazing, why pay more for what you can make, plus knowing you actually MADE them, so much more satisfying! They are going to look gorgeous lit up outside.

MBC Scrapbooking said... @ May 11, 2010 at 1:58 PM

Very creative! I think I would make them just because it would be fun and satisfying, even though going to the store would be quicker and easier;)

Shell said... @ May 11, 2010 at 3:49 PM

You did a great job with those.

Thanks for stopping by my SITS day yesterday. :)

Jen @ ourfinehouse said... @ May 11, 2010 at 5:43 PM

Great job! I'm definitely going to make these. Thanks for the tutorial!

Stopping by from SITS.

Shelly @Crafty Creative Studio said... @ May 11, 2010 at 7:18 PM

Make them or buy them? Make them, absolutely!! I mason jars in a few rooms, and change the contents according to the season - usually. Right now they a tea light candle and still have red & white glass in them, from February! I would love to have some to hand outside. Thanks for mentioning the guage wire you used.

Karen said... @ May 12, 2010 at 6:52 AM

What a great idea. I remember once seeing an image in a magazine where someone used dozens of those in the trees around their patio during a party. I'll bet that would look so pretty all lit up at night.

gail@My Repurposed Life said... @ May 12, 2010 at 11:11 AM

I love the mason jars. Great tutorial! thanks for sharing.

Unknown said... @ May 12, 2010 at 1:54 PM

We had these decorating the barn for our wedding reception. We used the older mason jars that come with glass tops and the metal hardware to hold the tops on. We just used the hardware and filled them with some sand, add some tea lights and it was the perfect lighting for the barn (as long as we kept a close on them). LED lights would work well too for an evening.

Unknown said... @ May 12, 2010 at 10:43 PM

Yet another reason to go to G.W. I am so making these. I saw them in Pottery Barn and loved them too.

Stephanie Lynn @Under the Table and Dreaming said... @ May 16, 2010 at 8:33 AM

These are fabulous! I would definitly make these over buying them. Would love to have you stop by the Sunday Showcase Party if you get a chance. Amazing job on the trellis planter too! Love it! Hope you are enjoying your weekend! ~ Stephanie Lynn

Jenny @ Anything Pretty said... @ May 16, 2010 at 9:58 PM

Love this idea! I am definitely going to have to try it on my patio this summer!

Susan said... @ May 17, 2010 at 8:47 PM

In my opinion when you can use what you already have to reinvent something.........then its worth it!! A penny saved is a penny earned!

dandelion said... @ September 13, 2010 at 11:54 PM

I think you could use a drill the spin the wire evenly. I'm going to give this idea a try. THX so much for your post.

Anonymous said... @ April 13, 2013 at 6:18 PM

Hi, i think that i saw you visited my site so i got here to return the prefer?
.I am trying to to find issues to enhance my website!I guess its good
enough to use some of your ideas!!

my web-site TN Pas Cher

Anonymous said... @ April 14, 2013 at 4:25 PM

Heya superb blog! Does running a blog such as this take a
great deal of work? I have no knowledge of programming
but I was hoping to start my own blog in the near future.
Anyhow, should you have any suggestions or tips for new
blog owners please share. I understand this
is off topic but I simply wanted to ask. Thank you!

Also visit my blog post Air Max Pas Cher

Anonymous said... @ April 14, 2013 at 6:02 PM

I am really inspired along with your writing skills as well as with the format for your blog.
Is this a paid topic or did you customize it yourself?
Anyway stay up the nice high quality writing,
it's rare to look a great weblog like this one nowadays..

Also visit my web site soccer shinguards

Anonymous said... @ April 16, 2013 at 6:20 AM

Hi there colleagues, its great post regarding educationand entirely defined, keep it up all
the time.

Also visit my web blog; Louis Vuitton Handbags

Anonymous said... @ April 16, 2013 at 4:52 PM

Admiring the persistence you put into your website and detailed information you provide.
It's nice to come across a blog every once in a while that isn't the same out of date rehashed information.
Great read! I've saved your site and I'm adding your RSS feeds
to my Google account.

my webpage: Basket Air Jordan

Anonymous said... @ April 18, 2013 at 2:44 AM

My brother recommended I might like this blog. He was entirely right.
This post actually made my day. You cann't imagine simply how much time I had spent for this info! Thanks!

Here is my web site; Cheap Jerseys

Anonymous said... @ April 20, 2013 at 10:06 AM

I am really thankful to the owner of this site who
has shared this wonderful paragraph at at this place.

Feel free to visit my web blog :: Cheap NFL Jerseys

Anonymous said... @ April 28, 2013 at 2:46 PM

I've been browsing online more than 3 hours today, yet I never found any interesting article like yours. It is pretty worth enough for me. In my view, if all site owners and bloggers made good content as you did, the web will be a lot more useful than ever before.

My web site http://www.converseshopfr.com/

Anonymous said... @ April 28, 2013 at 8:33 PM

Hmm is anyone else having problems with the images on this
blog loading? I'm trying to figure out if its a problem on my end or if it's
the blog. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Feel free to surf to my web-site - NFL Jerseys Wholesale

Anonymous said... @ April 29, 2013 at 1:39 AM

For newest information you have to visit internet and on web I found this
site as a finest web page for most up-to-date updates.

Here is my blog post: Converse

Anonymous said... @ April 29, 2013 at 2:59 AM

I'm not sure where you're getting your info, but great topic.
I needs to spend some time learning much more or understanding more.
Thanks for excellent info I was looking for this info for
my mission.

Here is my blog post :: Air Jordan Pas Cher

Anonymous said... @ April 29, 2013 at 3:32 AM

hello!,I like your writing very a lot! percentage we be in contact more about your post on
AOL? I need a specialist in this area to resolve my problem.
Maybe that is you! Looking forward to look you.

Here is my blog post - Evgeni Malkin Authentic Jersey

Anonymous said... @ April 29, 2013 at 5:38 AM

I do agree with all of the concepts you have offered on your
post. They're really convincing and can certainly work. Nonetheless, the posts are too brief for newbies. May just you please lengthen them a little from subsequent time? Thank you for the post.

Also visit my site: Borse Gucci Ufficiale

Anonymous said... @ April 29, 2013 at 7:40 AM

Simply desire to say your article is as astounding. The clarity in your post is simply cool and
i can assume you're an expert on this subject. Well with your permission allow me to grab your RSS feed to keep up to date with forthcoming post. Thanks a million and please carry on the gratifying work.

Here is my web blog - Air Jordan pas Cher

Anonymous said... @ April 29, 2013 at 4:08 PM

Great post.

Also visit my blog - Abercrombie Fitch Belgique

Anonymous said... @ April 30, 2013 at 10:54 AM

I really like what you guys tend to be up too.

This kind of clever work and exposure! Keep up the amazing works guys
I've incorporated you guys to blogroll.

Here is my blog post; http://wealthwayonline.com/cheapjerseys.html

Anonymous said... @ May 5, 2013 at 1:32 AM

It's truly very difficult in this busy life to listen news on Television, therefore I just use the web for that reason, and get the newest information.

Here is my web site - Authentic Mario Lemieux Jersey

Anonymous said... @ May 5, 2013 at 2:36 PM

I'm now not sure where you're getting your information, but good topic.
I needs to spend some time studying much more or figuring out more.
Thanks for fantastic information I used to be searching
for this information for my mission.

Stop by my weblog Authentic Sidney Crosby Jersey

Anonymous said... @ May 6, 2013 at 2:19 AM

I drop a leave a response when I especially enjoy a article on a site or if I have
something to contribute to the discussion. Usually it's a result of the fire communicated in the article I browsed. And after this article "Mason Jar Pottery Barn Knockoff". I was excited enough to leave a thought :-P I do have 2 questions for you if it's
okay. Could it be simply me or does it look like like
some of the remarks look like they are coming from brain dead
people? :-P And, if you are posting on other places, I'd like to follow everything fresh you have to post. Would you list the complete urls of all your community pages like your Facebook page, twitter feed, or linkedin profile?

My web blog; cheap nfl jerseys

Anonymous said... @ May 7, 2013 at 8:05 PM

Pretty! This was an extremely wonderful post. Thank you for supplying this information.

Also visit my blog post; nfl jerseys cheap

Anonymous said... @ May 8, 2013 at 10:52 AM

If you want to get much from this post then
you have to apply these strategies to your won web site.

Look at my blog; Kris Letang Jersey

Anonymous said... @ May 10, 2013 at 4:55 PM

Thanks for finally talking about > "Mason Jar Pottery Barn Knockoff"
< Liked it!

my webpage: Michael Kors Outlet

Anonymous said... @ May 11, 2013 at 8:40 AM

Hurrah! At last I got a web site from where I be capable of actually get
useful information regarding my study and knowledge.

Feel free to surf to my blog :: Louis Vuitton Outlet

Anonymous said... @ May 15, 2013 at 1:03 AM

That is a really good tip particularly to those fresh to the blogosphere.
Simple but very accurate info… Thanks for sharing this one.
A must read article!

Have a look at my blog ... http://www.wsmisports.com

Anonymous said... @ May 22, 2013 at 5:48 AM

Great info. Lucky me I ran across your blog by
chance (stumbleupon). I have bookmarked it for later!

My web-site michael kors canada

Anonymous said... @ May 22, 2013 at 5:46 PM

What i don't realize is in truth how you are no longer really much more neatly-liked than you may be right now. You're very intelligent.

You recognize thus significantly in relation to this subject, produced me in my opinion
believe it from numerous numerous angles. Its like women and men aren't interested except it is something to do with Woman gaga! Your own stuffs excellent. Always care for it up!

Also visit my website :: Oakley Holbrook

Anonymous said... @ May 24, 2013 at 9:01 AM

You are so cool! I do not believe I have read anything like that before.
So nice to find somebody with a few genuine thoughts on this subject matter.
Seriously.. many thanks for starting this up. This web site is something
that is needed on the internet, someone with a bit of

Also visit my homepage ... http://slc-wireless.com

Anonymous said... @ May 25, 2013 at 11:07 AM

This is very interesting, You're a very skilled blogger. I've joined your rss feed and look forward to seeking
more of your excellent post. Also, I've shared your website in my social networks!

Also visit my web blog :: Louis Vuitton Bags

Anonymous said... @ May 25, 2013 at 12:36 PM

You actually make it seem so easy with your
presentation but I find this topic to be actually something which I think I would never understand.
It seems too complex and extremely broad for me. I am looking forward for your
next post, I will try to get the hang of it!

my web page - Nike Air Jordan

Anonymous said... @ May 27, 2013 at 5:54 PM

Hiya! I know this is kinda off topic however , I'd figured I'd ask.

Would you be interested in exchanging links or maybe guest authoring a blog
post or vice-versa? My site addresses a lot of the same subjects as yours and I believe we could greatly benefit from
each other. If you might be interested feel free to
shoot me an email. I look forward to hearing from you!
Excellent blog by the way!

My weblog; Solde Air Max

Anonymous said... @ May 29, 2013 at 7:09 AM

This site was... how do you say it? Relevant!! Finally I
have found something that helped me. Kudos!

My web blog ... www.explorethecapabilities.com

Anonymous said... @ May 29, 2013 at 7:54 AM

Hi, i feel that i noticed you visited my site so i
got here to return the desire?.I'm attempting to to find things to enhance my website!I suppose its adequate to make use of some of your ideas!!

Here is my weblog - Air Jordan Pas Cher

Anonymous said... @ May 31, 2013 at 2:56 PM

For hottest information you have to pay a visit
web and on world-wide-web I found this site as a finest web site for hottest updates.

Here is my homepage; nike air Max

Anonymous said... @ June 1, 2013 at 2:36 PM

Keep this going please, great job!

Feel free to surf to my webpage - Wholesale Jerseys

Anonymous said... @ June 2, 2013 at 4:43 PM

This website was... how do I say it? Relevant!
! Finally I've found something that helped me. Appreciate it!

My blog post; Mulberry Outlet

Anonymous said... @ June 4, 2013 at 6:55 AM

Everything is very open with a really clear explanation of
the issues. It was really informative. Your website is very
useful. Thanks for sharing!

my web site: Tory Burch Outlet

Anonymous said... @ June 4, 2013 at 1:22 PM

Very good article! We will be linking to this great
content on our site. Keep up the great writing.

my website - Louis Vuitton Bags

Anonymous said... @ June 13, 2013 at 4:20 AM

What's up, this weekend is nice designed for me, since this moment i am reading this enormous educational article here at my house.

My weblog Kevin Durant Shoes 2013

Anonymous said... @ June 13, 2013 at 10:30 AM

I believe this is one of the so much vital information for
me. And i am satisfied studying your article. But want to remark on some general things, The website style is
great, the articles is actually great : D. Just right
job, cheers

Here is my homepage :: Boutique Air Max

Anonymous said... @ June 14, 2013 at 6:44 AM

Piece of writing writing is also a fun, if you be acquainted with afterward you can write otherwise it is
complicated to write.

My web page: Air Jordan

Anonymous said... @ June 14, 2013 at 6:55 AM

Good day! This is my first comment here so I just wanted to give a quick shout out and tell you I genuinely enjoy reading your
posts. Can you suggest any other blogs/websites/forums that cover the same subjects?
Thanks a lot!

Feel free to surf to my website; Get the Facts

Anonymous said... @ June 14, 2013 at 10:40 AM

I know this if off topic but I'm looking into starting my own weblog and was curious what all is needed to get setup? I'm assuming having a blog like yours would
cost a pretty penny? I'm not very internet savvy so I'm not 100% positive.
Any recommendations or advice would be greatly appreciated.
Many thanks

Check out my web-site - Christian Louboutin Sale

Anonymous said... @ June 14, 2013 at 11:40 PM

Whats up this is somewhat of off topic but I was wondering if blogs use WYSIWYG editors or if
you have to manually code with HTML. I'm starting a blog soon but have no coding skills so I wanted to get guidance from someone with experience. Any help would be enormously appreciated!

Feel free to visit my web blog: Nike Free 5.0

Anonymous said... @ June 15, 2013 at 9:31 AM

Good information. Lucky me I came across your website by accident (stumbleupon).
I have book-marked it for later!

My blog post ... Nike Pas Cher *nysacpr.org*

Anonymous said... @ June 16, 2013 at 10:30 PM

Aw, this was a very nice post. Taking a few minutes and actual effort to make a very good
article… but what can I say… I procrastinate a lot
and don't seem to get anything done.

Feel free to surf to my web-site; Michael Kors Outlet

Anonymous said... @ September 5, 2020 at 10:25 AM

Have you ever thought about creating an ebook or guest authoring on other blogs? I have a blog centered on the same information you discuss and would really like to have you share some stories/information. I know my audience would enjoy your work. If you are even remotely interested, feel free to send me an e mail. If you want to enjoy entertainment don't forget to visit สล็อต

CV Writing Services said... @ November 27, 2023 at 6:17 AM

Unleash the power of a professionally crafted executive CV! Our Executive CV Writing Services are designed to position you as a formidable leader in your industry. Our skilled writers understand the nuances of executive-level recruitment, ensuring your CV reflects strategic vision and proven results. Elevate your professional brand with a resume that communicates your executive presence and accomplishments effectively. Secure interviews for coveted roles and accelerate your career trajectory. Invest in your success with our Executive CV Writing Services - where expertise meets ambition.

Anonymous said... @ December 15, 2023 at 3:53 AM

kd 13
goyard bag

Post a Comment

Your comments mean the world to me - so please leave one! It makes my day! I read and try to respond to each one!
Didn't get a response? Check out my tips here to link your email and blog back to your profile.

Related Posts with Thumbnails