Night Lights

Brighten long winter nights with the twinkle and glow of luminaries. Perfect for parties or everyday enchantment, these simple luminaries warm a winter landscape — and your spirit.


Make Your Garland Glow

Old-fashioned canning jars hang out with prelit artificial garlands (#205665) to add some swag to a plain fence line or deck. Make handles for the jars (about $10 for 12) with 18-gauge wire (#62933). You can cut a single length to wrap the neck and form the handle. Drop in a votive candle and hang from the hooks used to hold the garland.

Canning jar luminary hanging in a tree

Good to Know: Luminaries (literally, objects that give light) have a long, multicultural history. But at the centre of all the traditions is one simple notion — lighting the way in the dark of winter.

Go Galvanized

Give landscapes a touch of rustic style with these simple glass-and-metal lanterns (around $36 for 5). Just attach storm collars to jelly jar glass globes (#220231). For a secure fit, seal the collars to the glass with clear caulk (#48511). Randomly scatter your creations across a snowy yard or line them up neatly along a railing or walkway.

Glass and metal outdoor lanterns

Shoot for the Stars

Lend a helping hand to the night sky by adding twinkle to the winter landscape. Make a set of screen stars (about $25 for eight) out of canning jars by wrapping each in a square of aluminum screen (#15097). Cut the screen to size and then cinch it in place with galvanized steel wire (#62933). These portable night-lights create enchantment just where you need it: along stairs, railings, and walkways — even under a bare tree dressed up with clear string lights.

Screen-wrapped jar luminary


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