Over time, the oasis has evolved. I realized pretty quickly that the trees dropped lots of stuff on the bed so I created a cover to protect it from that as well as rain. That cover failed so a few months ago I got a smallish tarp to put over the bed. It isn't the best looking thing when not in use but I did get a brown tarp to try to make it blend.
This brings me to today when I decided to make a few jar lanterns and I'm going to include a little tutorial here. They were super easy and I used things we had on hand.
Start with a few jars, candles, wire (I used 19 guage) and wire cutters/pliars.
With the lid on the jar, wrap a wire around the neck of the jar below the lid and loosely twist it in place.
Now take another piece around 20 inches long (or however long you want the handle of your jar) and attach either end to the first wire. Tighten the first wire to hold the handle wire in place.
If you want your candles to stick in the jars, you'll need to stick them down with some hot wax or that special stuff they sell to affix candles in place. Remember, if these are going to hang above someone, you don't want the bottoms to look ugly though so be mindful of how you attach them.
I took three jars outside and hung them from a wire that I stretched between the two trees on either side of the bed.
Then I grabbed my favorite model and took some pictures of the whole setup.
A few hours later, after I put him to bed, I raided the fridge for jars of expired food (and ate a few pickles) so I could add a couple of jars to the line.
If we have a party, I'm sure I'll decorate the jars a little with some ribbon or twine or something. The possibilities are really endless.
If you need me I'll be out back with a book.
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