2/18/13

Making a Wire Handle on a Mason Jar

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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:












Step One:
Using a needle nose plier, bend the end of the wire into a loop
like below:

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.













Step Two
Place end with the loop at neck of the jar and wrap the wire around the neck of the jar, as shown below:













Step Three
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)













Step Four
Pull the wire that you just ran through the loop tight and bend it up into the desired length of a handle.













Step Five
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).












Step Six
Feed the wire underneath the neck wire.












Step Seven
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!


16 comments:

  1. Great tutorial! I have all of these supplies on hand so I will be trying this. :)

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    1. Thanks! Let me know how it goes!
      Jan

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  2. Thanks for such clear instructions! Wire and I have not gotten along very well in the past and I can now see the problem -- not having a clear idea, trying to get by without digging up some pliers, and not tightening sufficiently.

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    1. Diana, I feel the same way as you, Wire project + me = "interesting"! Hope this one works out for you! Let me know !
      Jan

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  3. Great pictures on this idea........Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week; I hope you’ll join us again!


    Cheers,
    Kathy Shea Mormino

    The Chicken Chick

    http://www.The-Chicken-Chick.com



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    1. THanks Kathy, I''ll be there!

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  4. Nice instructions and great photo. Thanks! I will use this on the Micro Farm. I saw this post on the Backyard Farming Connection blog hop.

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    1. Thanks Kari! I hope to bump into you over at next weeks blog hop!
      HUgs!
      Jan

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  5. that is so great, I love using jars:)

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    1. Thanks Sue! My daughter and I have a Mason Jar obsession!
      Jan

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  6. I really like these! I am going to make some! Please come share your post with us at Eco-Kids Tuesday. http://likemamalikedaughter.blogspot.com/2013/02/melt-my-heart-eco-kids-tuesday.html

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    1. Thanks for the invite Hannah, I'd love to share it on your link up!
      Jan

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  7. How neat! I've been wanting to do this to make mason jar lights to hang in the trees. Saw it on pinterest and it looked really cute, but couldn't figure out how to get the wire handles on the jar. Thanks so much for the tutorial!

    Clicked over from the Backyard Farming Connection Hop :)
    Tammy
    ourneckofthewoods.net

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    1. I love the idea of lights hanging from the trees. Sounds so pretty, THis should work perfect for that! If you do it, I'd love it if you emailed me a picture!
      Jan

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  8. Cool idea! I would love to have you share this on The HomeAcre Hop tonight!
    http://www.theselfsufficienthomeacre.com/2013/02/the-homeacre-hop-7.html

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  9. Great idea -- and thanks for the fix it tip. My projects usually need those! Thanks so much for sharing on Busy Monday!

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