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Mason Jar Leather Lantern – #CDNHandmade Holiday

I am friends with a ton of really talented Canadian bloggers and we all belong to a Facebook group where we chat and discuss all fun things blogging. It helps us in so many ways to navigate the sometimes crazy world of blogging but more so from a Canadian perspective because there are so many little differences on what it’s like to blog on this side of border than our friends in the US.

And we came up with the idea for a cross Canada “blog hop” where we could each share a handmade “Christmas/Chanukkah/whatever you’re celebrating this season” gift and all our readers can follow the hop just by checking the hashtag #CDNHandmadeHoliday across your various social media platforms.

This is my contribution – a mason jar leather lantern!

Now if you’re a regular reader of my blog and you just read the title and thought did hell just about froze over for me this season, yes it’s true, I actually did a mason jar craft. I rant a lot about mason jars and people think I hate them. It’s quite the opposite. I have mason jars and other jars all over our house, especially on our desks where they hold all our pens and pencils. What I hate is the popularity of mason jars. They just won’t die. It’s like when you enjoy something and want to keep it to yourself and it instead turns into the biggest crafting phenomenon since chalk paint. People can’t enough of them. It doesn’t matter how many times I have begged people to move onto something else, it’s like a giant mason jar magnet, spawning such timeless articles about them like theย one I just about keeled over laughing when I read it on The Onion.

So in the spirit of the Holidays I am putting my mason jar um, venting aside and thought “If you can’t beat them, join them.” Because rustic and mason jar are practically synonymous with Christmas.

Here’s how I made this lantern – two to be precise. I got a jar and some leather, then measured and cut out my leather that would wrap around the jar. Repeated this twice.

Making a mason jar leather lantern Step 1 - northstory

Then using a fancy cookie cutter, I traced a star onto one of the pieces of leather and cut that out using an Xacto knife. Then on the other piece of leather I stamped the word Twinkle on it with my leather stamp set.

Making a mason jar leather lantern Step 2 - northstory

Afterwards, I marked and punched some holes into the leather using my leather punch and hammered my metal rivets into them.

Making a mason jar leather lantern Step 3 - northstory

Making a mason jar leather lantern  Step 4 - northstory

Then from the top of the jar, I slide the leather over the jar.

Wrapped it up in some twine and Christmas berry garland and I was done. As you can see by the random yet strategically placed shots of the lanterns in the snow

DIY Mason Jar Lanterns - northstory

Mason Jar Lanterns for Christmas - northstory

Mason Jar Leather Lantern - northstory

And it glows…

Mason Jar Lantern - Star - Christmas - northstory

Star Mason Jar Leather Lantern for Christmas - northstory

Christmas makes everything look good. Even mason jars. I am totally kidding!! I want to be on Santa’s nice list too.

That and because you’ll never forgive me for the next mason jar craft coming up…

Make sure to check out all of the great handmade holiday gift ideas by following along at #CDNHandmadeHoliday

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  • Reply
    Virginia Fynes
    November 24, 2014 at 9:26 am

    These look fabulous! Anything with leather steals my heart, throw in a dose of Christmas and its totally irresistible!

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    Heather @ new house, new home, new life
    November 24, 2014 at 10:15 am

    Love the rustic country look of these, Alex.

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    November 24, 2014 at 10:15 am

    These are great Alex! I love mason jar lanterns – they’re so pretty!

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    November 24, 2014 at 11:02 am

    They do look great and just beautiful in the snow!

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    November 24, 2014 at 11:22 am

    Ha ha…gotta have at least one in your repertoire! Love how you used the leather and rivets. Pinned.

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    November 24, 2014 at 5:46 pm

    Love how these turned out. The leather adds a nice up date to any mason jar. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    Time With Thea (@TimeWithThea)
    November 24, 2014 at 7:06 pm

    Oh my gosh Alex! I love this project and I would love to receive a gift like this. As always I love everything that you do and share. Thank you! I know, overuse of the word ‘love’ but I really love it! Oops, did it again.

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    Kendra @
    November 24, 2014 at 11:54 pm

    These are so pretty Alex! I love anything with mason jars and add some red berries and I think it’s totally gorgeous!

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    November 25, 2014 at 12:16 am

    I love these Alex – they are seriously cute. You and mason jars seem to be a great match, like the guy and girl in all those movies who fight all the time but you just know they are meant to be together ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    November 25, 2014 at 2:12 am

    These are gorgeous, Alex! I’m insanely jealous of your leather stamp set. I want one!

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    Laurie@ Vin'yet Etc.
    November 25, 2014 at 8:22 am

    You made me laugh at least 4 times! Now I have the overwhelming urge to do something with mason jars!

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    November 25, 2014 at 10:53 am

    Beautiful. There is nothing quite like candle light and a good mason jar!

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    Crystal @ Sew Creative
    November 27, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    These are beautiful. The leather makes them so rustic looking. Perfection! Nice project Alex. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Thalita @ The Learner Observer
    November 29, 2014 at 9:07 am

    I just about died when I saw these on Instagram because I thought the internet was broken – it said Alex made something using a mason jar! Seriously though, these look so great! I have so much leather leftover from my headboard that I need to get going on some of your amazing leather ideas!

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    Lindsey Gerrish
    December 2, 2014 at 7:22 am

    These are great. And it solidified to me that I really need a leather punch and leather stamp set! Great idea (despite the mason jars, lol). Oh, and that article from the the Onion is the best thing I’ve read in awhile. I’ve got to share that.

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