Macrame how to: hanging lantern jars

Today I wanted to share another simple Macrame how to with you! A little something with summer in mind, that you can make easily in half an hour or less. 

Macrame how to - hanging lantern jars

So far I can count on the fingers of one hand the number of sunny warm days we’ve had this year in Sussex. But I’m an optimist you see. I’m sure any day now I can pack away my warm winter jumpers until next year. In a matter of weeks it will be all about beautiful bright patterned trousers. You know, the kind that are basically like you’re wearing pyjamas – except you’re not and it’s totally fine to wear them in public.

Sorry, I’ve totally digressed!  With summer just around the corner, I thought I’d share the perfect macrame how to for your garden (or your home if the sun doesn’t turn up after all). Really there are no limits on where you could hang this, but I think it would look so pretty with several hung from a tree.

Macrame how to – hanging lantern jars

You will need

  • Twine or string
  • Jar
  • Candles – LED are best for safety reasons
  • Sticky tape
  • Scissors


Cut a length of twine that is roughly eight times the length of the jar you plan to use. Cut eight further lengths of twine to the same length.

Tie a lanyard knot.

Never tied one before? Not a problem! Follow my instructions below.


  1. Divide the twine into two groups of four lengths and lay them out crossing over in the middle.
  2. Take the top of the vertical lengths and thread them under the horizontal lengths.
  3. Pass the right hand end of the horizontal underneath both of the vertical lengths.
  4. Then pass it over the top of them to form an S shape.
  5. Take the left hand lengths of the horizontal strands and feed them through the right hand loop.
  6. Pull on each of the end of the lengths one group at a time until the knot forms

Turn the over and divide the lengths of twine into pairs. Tie each pair in a knot at roughly the distance from the centre of the jar to the edge.

Turn the jar upside down and tape the lanyard knot on to the centre of the jars base. Now tie the right hand length from one pair to the left hand length from the pair next to it and repeat all the way around. Then repeat all the way down the jar at even intervals until you reach the top of the jar.


Macrame how to - hanging lantern jars

Place your candle inside and then tie all the strings in a knot, leaving sufficient space for the jar to hang.

Macrame how to - hanging lantern jars

And that’s it finished!

Macrame how to - hanging lantern jars

Macrame how to - hanging lantern jars

Macrame how to - hanging lantern jars

How lovely and summery is this? I think it would also look great with plants inside too or filled with shells. In fact, I’m definitely going to make a few for my boho beach style bedroom that I’m currently working on.

Want another macrame how to? Check out my curtain tie backs.

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DIY macrame jar hangers. How to make gorgeous hanging lanterns from spare jars or masons, twine and candles. Ideal easy to make decorations for summer to hang in trees or on the patio.




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4 Comment

  1. Reply
    Lauretta @ Home and Horizon
    May 24, 2017 at 7:50 pm

    Great project for summer Caroline – and thanks for showing how to do a lanyard knot – you’ve made it look so easy 🙂

    1. Reply
      May 24, 2017 at 9:02 pm

      Thanks Lauretta, is such a nice simple project. Might look nice hanging outside your summer house once it’s built!

  2. Reply
    Anne Marie
    May 25, 2017 at 11:44 am

    I love it Caroline! I was actually thinking about doing something like that to hang some plants in my bathroom. I won’t have to search the whole of the internet to find out how to do it 😉 xxx

    1. Reply
      May 25, 2017 at 1:22 pm

      Yes, it would be fab as a plant hanger too! xx

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