Hey and happy Monday to you. I hope you had a great weekend. We were busy here trying to play catch up after taking last weekend off, and we were able to get several projects done. One of the projects that I’ve been working on the last few weeks is an outdoor mason jar candle barn door. Wow that’s a mouth full, but I’m really excited about how great this turned out.
Several weeks ago I went to the Kane County Flea Market and left with an old, chippy paint barn door for an outdoor project I had in mind.
We have a small(ish) deck that has limited decorating space. I’ve wanted to hang things on the house to decorate a bit since we moved in but the walls are brick and the hubs won’t let me drill into them, so this old door will be the perfect hanging spot.
I would have liked to have found an inexpensive tall door but that didn’t happen so I added some height with copper rods the hubs got from work.
I just drilled 2 holes in each pole and screwed them to the door.
Now it was time to figure out what to put on my tall beauty. My first thought was to hang candles using some kind of jar. I’ve seen all of the hanging candle jars in the stores but I wanted to try to do something different and make my own so I picked up two different sizes of mason jars, gold metallic spray paint and frosted glass spray paint.
I just taped off the jar so only a portion of the bottom was exposed, then I sprayed them with the gold metallic paint. The lesson I learned here was that I needed to carefully remove the tape right away so the gold paint wasn’t pulled off the glass and I had a crisp line. Once the gold was dry, I sprayed the whole jar with the frosted glass paint.
I originally bought wire to make my own hangers but I saw ready-made ones in gold in the store so it was easier just to use them. A little jute twine was added and my jars were done.
The hooks to hang the jars was a bit harder to find. I didn’t want a regular small hook so I searched Home Depot for something to make myself. I hit the jackpot with some 2″ rigid straps for $1.04 each.
I just hammered the end with the hole so I could hang it flat on the door…instant hooks.
To give them a rusty, rustic look I used a multicolored textured spray paint (after I primed them of course).
With everything painted, dried and put together, I screwed the homemade hooks on and put together my outdoor mason jar candle barn door.
So while I was putting this all together I had an idea to hang a little something different on the door, to be specific I wanted to use a cactus in a glass ball. I thought it was a good idea and I figured that I wouldn’t have any trouble finding what I needed. The problem is that once I get an idea it’s hard to let go, so I ended up driving to 4 different stores looking for a glass ball until I finally found one, hiding on a shelf behind some fake plants.
I’m not sure how well the cactus will do in there and I’ll have to change the twine to something sturdier but I think it’s cute. And what about the hooks, don’t they look rusty and rustic?
Ok enough with the how-to, let’s look at it all put together.
Instead of using real tealight candles, I chose battery operated outdoor candles. They flicker so with the frosted glass they look like real candles.
It seems like mason jars are everywhere these days. Do you like to use them?