Jeff from Gear Report made this quick yet functional camping candle lantern out of a baby food jar and guitar string.

He suggests you use them for gift giving because “nothing says you care like a used baby food jar and some old guitar string”. Ha.

You could always jazz it up with paint. A few bright ladybugs might be cute or fish for an angler. That would actually make a good Father’s Day present that children could create. Supply a few back up tea lights and he’s good to go fishing  in the evening.

Weaving the wire around the jar and creating the handle makes it a handy little lantern to have on hand. I haven’t had babies around in awhile and for that reason I might stick with tin cans and canning jars.

See Jeff’s article called Camping homemade DIY candle lantern for the full tutorial.

By SandraW


4 Comments so far

  1. Ann Peek (Camper Annie) on June 17, 2011 5:08 am

    Thanks, this is a really neat idea. I will pass it along to the Girl Scout community I work with. It would make a really good craft project for our week-end campout. Tnanks.

  2. Dale on June 17, 2011 6:05 am

    I just have to tell you, I love getting your email every day. There is always at least one “great-for-me” idea. Yours is the one “junk**” email I ALWAYS read (devour) or at least archive for later. How much time do you spend online every day to bring us your wonderful compendium?

    **junk means not from family or personal friend.

  3. SandraW on June 17, 2011 6:09 am

    Thanks Dale! I really do have fun with it. I’m afraid to actually get a timer out, but I suspect it’s too much time online. ;)

  4. sally on July 9, 2011 12:24 am

    The Candle Lantern is nice,but the candle lighted,the bottle will get black.?

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