Adding a wire handle to a mason jar will only require less than 5 minutes, and a trip to the dollar store for a one dollar item, but will add just that perfect touch to your craft or gift jar. I love taking small jelly jars, adding a wire handle and using it as goodie bag for bridal or baby showers! It'll also dress up a mix in a jar gift, a luminary jar, or a jar of homemade soup to a sick friend!
Supplies:Mason/canning jar any size
needle nose pliers
2 ft. of floral wire (found at dollar store or any hardware store)
Jan's Tip: I use about 2 ft of wire for each jar so one 6 ft. coil from the dollar store gives me 3 jars.
Heres a closer look at the handle:
Using a needle nose plier, bend the end of the wire into a loop
Jan's Tip: If you'd like to feed on a vintage button (that has a shank on the back) like my soup jar at the top of the page, feed the button on before you make your first bend.
Place end with the loop at neck of the jar and wrap the wire around the neck of the jar, as shown below:
Run the wire that wrapped around the jar, tighten it as much as possible and hook it into the loop you made in step one. (try your best to tighten the wire around the jar as much as possible first, so the handle doesn't just slide down the jar later)
Pull the wire that you just ran through the loop tight and bend it up into the desired length of a handle.
Slightly straighten the excess wire and measure approximatly a 1- 1 1/2 inches below the wire that runs around the neck. Snip the wire at that point with your needle nose pliers ( they should have a snippy section like mine below).
Feed the wire underneath the neck wire.
Use needle nose pliers and bend the end up into a closed loop.
And you are done!
Jan's Troubleshooting Tip:
If you find that your wire was too loose around the jar and was not tight enough here is what I do to fix mine on the occasion that I rushed and it happens to me: (I'm going to do my best here to show/explain it, but basically your going to Kink the wire (think like kinking a garden hose).
On the side of the wire that you finished last in the tutorial, take your needle nose pliers, tightly grip the neck wire and turn your hand clockwise to create a bend in the wire. Bend it till the wire is tight enough to stay put.
Mine looked like this :
Now, take that whole bend mess and squish it down on top of each other to minimize it's appearance. You can now disquise this small bend easily, because it is near the loop on the side and you can tie a tag/ribbon around that area, no one will be the wiser!