How To Make Upcycled Jar Lanterns With a Belt

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By Anna Marikar

In today’s world, where sustainability and creativity go hand in hand, upcycling has become a popular trend. Why not add a touch of charm and elegance to your home or garden while repurposing old items?

In this step-by-step guide, we’ll show you how to create DIY Lanterns using an empty jar, a leather belt, and a few simple materials.

How to make Upcycled Jar Lanterns With a Belt

These lanterns will not only enhance the ambiance of any space but also give your home a unique and eco-friendly flair. Let’s dive into the process!

How to Make an Upcycled Jar Lantern with Belt Handle

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DIY Upcycled Lantern With Leather Belt Handle

DIY Upcycled Lantern With Leather Belt Handle

Transform ordinary jars and unwanted leather belts into stunning upcycled lanterns with our DIY project - Upcycled Belt Jar Lanterns!

These elegant lanterns add a touch of charm and style to any space while promoting sustainability. With just a few simple steps, you'll create beautiful lanterns that can be used indoors or outdoors, providing cozy illumination on balmy summer evenings.

Hang them with the attached carrying straps or use them as planters for geraniums, infusing natural beauty into your lanterns.

Embrace creativity and upcycling with this craft that combines functionality, aesthetics, and eco-consciousness. Illuminate your surroundings with the enchanting glow of Upcycled Belt Jar Lanterns, and let your creativity shine!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Active Time 20 minutes
Difficulty easy


  • Strong twine
  • Large needle
  • Empty jar (size corresponding to the candle or geranium you wish to use)
  • Old leather belt (e.g., from a charity shop)


  • Hole punch
  • Scissors


  1. Step 1: Gather all your materials ready to begin crafting
  2. Step 2: Cut the Belt to the Right Length
    Begin by cutting the leather belt to the appropriate length. The belt should be long enough to wrap tightly around the jar and buckle it securely. Ensure the length fits snugly without any excess.
  3. Step 3: Punch Holes in the Leather Belt
    Using a hole punch, create several evenly spaced holes along the shortened leather belt. These holes will allow you to attach the strap later on. Make sure the holes are large enough to accommodate the twine and needle.
  4. Step 4: Sew the Strap to the Belt
    Take the remaining piece of the belt and sew it to the opposite sides of the shortened belt using strong twine. This will form a strap, with the buckle sitting in the middle. Sew the twine through the holes, securing the two pieces together tightly.
  5. Step 5: Wrap the Belt Around the Jar
    Now, it's time to place the belt with the attached strap around the jar. The belt should be wrapped tightly to prevent slipping. If needed, you can use specialist glue to fix it in place, ensuring a secure fit.
  6. Step 6: Complete the Lantern
    For the finishing touch, either place a candle inside the jar or plant a geranium within it. To add a decorative element, you can scatter small pebbles, clay granules, or wood chips around the candle. However, always remember to never leave a burning candle unattended for safety reasons.


Please note that the prep time and active time are estimated and can vary depending on individual crafting skills and the number of lanterns being created. The extra time will depend on whether you decide to incorporate the option of planting geraniums in the jars, as that will require ongoing care and attention.

With just a few simple materials and a touch of creativity, you’ve successfully transformed an old leather belt and an empty jar into a stylish DIY Lantern. Not only does this project contribute to reducing waste, but it also adds a personalized and eco-friendly touch to your living space.

So, go ahead and give it a try! Illuminate your home with these beautiful lanterns while embracing a sustainable lifestyle. Enjoy the process and let your creativity shine!

Creating a Cozy Atmosphere with Upcycled Lanterns

On balmy summer evenings, there’s nothing quite like the soft glow of decorative lanterns to create a cozy and inviting atmosphere. With the latest upcycled style, you can easily make your own charming lanterns using old jars and unwanted leather belts. These lanterns not only provide ambient light but also serve as eye-catching decor pieces for your indoor or outdoor spaces.

Upcycled Jar Lanterns With a Belt

Using Lantern Jars as Planters

Here’s a handy tip: if the jars you choose are spacious enough, you can even use them as planters for geraniums, adding a touch of natural beauty to your lanterns.

When using jars as planters, it’s essential to ensure proper drainage to prevent waterlogging.

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Place a sufficient drainage layer at the bottom of the jar, such as small pebbles or clay granules, before adding soil and planting your geranium. This will allow excess water to escape and maintain a healthy environment for your plant.

It’s important to note that geraniums require only light watering, so be cautious not to overwater them.


By combining the functionality of lanterns with the aesthetics of upcycling and plant care, you can create a delightful and multi-purpose addition to your living space.

Imagine the enchanting ambiance as your homemade lanterns illuminate your evenings, gently swaying in the breeze when hung from their attached carrying straps. It’s an eco-friendly and stylish way to make the most of your old jars and leather belts, while also embracing sustainability and creativity in your home.

So, why not embark on this DIY adventure and craft your very own Geraniums planters that double up as lanterns? Let your imagination soar as you repurpose and reimagine everyday items into something beautiful and functional.

These lanterns will not only impress your guests but also serve as a proud testament to your resourcefulness and commitment to a sustainable lifestyle.

Enjoy the process, embrace the charm, and bask in the cozy glow of your upcycled lanterns!

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Anna is a Wales-based writer and graduate from SOAS University of London.
As the voice behind On Your Journey, she empowers women to embrace holistic well-being and spiritual growth through her expert insights into wellness and symbolism.
When she isn't writing thought-provoking articles, you'll find her busy crafting and raising her 4 children.

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