Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Bohemian Beaded Colored Mason Jar Tutorial

In my last post, Colored Glass Mason Jar Tutorial, I demonstrated how to 
create extremely cool and stylish colored jars with Mod Podge and food coloring. 
Now, take it a step further and dress up those pretty jars with some wire
 and beads and turn them into beautiful Bohemian hanging jars...

First, gather your supplies.  
Here is what you will need:

Craft wire (I used 20g around the jar and 26 g for the beads)

Craft chain (I used jewelry chain) and Jump rings (5-6mm) 

A variety of coordinating beads

Jewelry pliers - any type, small

Directions for adding wire & chain hangers to the jars: 

1. Cut a 3 foot length of 20 gauge craft wire and wrap the wire around 
the rim of the jar below the lip. When you get to the end of the wire, 
twist it together with the beginning end of wire until both ends are 
secured together, and then snip off any excess wire. Tuck any pointy 
wire ends against the jar with a pair of pliers. 

(Note: if you are going to add beads to your jar, do this before adding the chain hangers)

2. Measure and cut four equal lengths of chain. I made each of mine 8 
inches long. Attach lengths of jewelry chain to the wire with jump rings. 

3. Gather together the four lose ends of chain and attach together 
with another jump ring or with a piece of wire and close. 

To decorate your jar with beads:

4. Now cut another long piece of thinner, 26g wire (long enough to wrap around 
the neck of the jar a few times) and do the same thing you did before, wrap the wire 
around the neck of the jar, but this time, first secure the beginning of your wire 
to the wire that you already wrapped around the jar. Now add beads to 
the wire as you go along. 

I strung about 4 to 5 inches of beads and then stopped and wrapped my wire 
around the existing wire to secure it, then I continued, adding another 5 inches 
or so of beads, then again stopped and wrapped the wire to secure it, then added
 more beads, and so on. When you get to the end of the wire, wrap it around 
the wraps and tuck in any pointy ends with a pair of pliers.

5. You can also use additional pieces of wire or headpins to 
create beaded drops and attach those to your jar. 

6. Now attach your chain hangers as described above in step 2.

That's it! Hang in a sunny window. 

You can use this as a candle holder, but do not put the candle directly 
into the jar. Instead, place a candle inside a glass votive and then place 
the votive inside the jar. Not made for holding food or water unless you
use some type of liner inside the jar. 

This was my inspiration photo...

What do you think?

This DIY copyright Laura Beth Love 2013

I hope you have a great week 
Love, Laura

My broken china jewelry is always available for purchase at https://www.etsy.com/shop/dishfunctionldesigns


  1. So cute! Looks so easy too :) Thanks for sharing this tutorial!

    1. Thanks for visiting, glad you enjoyed the post!

  2. Love it. I've seen these before, but the jar colors have been much more subdued, more pastel. Like the bold color and the beads add to the statement.
    Have you ever shown us your studio? Seeing the beads all neatly together piqued my curiosity. I am intrigued to see your piles of crockery. Whenever I see interesting plates or saucers, I think of you.

    1. My studio isn't as neatly organized as my beads are LOL, but I know where everything is! I'll have to get some photos up of it sometime, I've been meaning to, am just too busy with my book and all the projects that I'm making for that. ...and my hundreds of dishes...

  3. I love the colored jars! And you really took it up a step with those beautiful beads! These would look so great hanging in a window.

  4. So fabulous. I can't wait to try this. I used to have some similar to these made by a local artist, but they got broken in a move. Thanks so very much for sharing. LOVE, LOVE,LOVE, your ideas.