This has been a busy week of gardening and cleaning out the flower beds. Spring cleaning is in full gear at our home! There is so much to do yet. I recently replaced the deck stair treads which were in sad shape and added copper solar deck lights, but the entire deck could use a good power washing too before we entertain guests. Our family loves eating and relaxing outside on the deck in the evenings. We all enjoy twinkling candle light at night and an easy way to achieve a pretty ambiance is with Simple Mason Jar Lanterns. Up-cycle those jars!
I’ve been using Mason Jar Lanterns for at least a decade because they were so easy to make and affordable. All you need are mason jars (any size), votive candles, sisal twine, and water. Tie the sisal in a knot around the jar, leaving long tails. Use those sisal tails to tie the jar to lattice, fence posts, fence pickets, hooks, or nails. Pour a tiny bit of water into the jars and then carefully lower in a votive. The water prevents any wax from sticking to the jar. I’ve tried using sand also in the jars, but prefer the water. If my boys see sand then it’s sure to get dumped all over the deck also. The water makes for very easy cleanup too.
I hung several small jelly jars on our privacy lattice screen. This season, the Carolina Jessamine Vine covered the screen with abundant blooms. Beautiful!
Building the privacy screen was very easy. Click on How to Build a Privacy Screen for instructions.
I’m not the only one getting ready for spring and summer! The kids found these sweet little robin’s eggs nestled deep within the vines.
I wanted to show you one more clever idea that my friend Virginia from Sweet Pea made for her deck. She enjoys entertaining outside also. How cool is this? It’s a DIY Pallet Wine Rack! This is next on my list of projects to try. She give a detailed tutorial. Very creative don’t you think?