Lightning Bugs in a Jar

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

I made a light that hangs at my backdoor that reminds me of a jar of lightning bugs. As kids, we spent many summer nights running around catching lightning bugs (fireflies). We would put them in fruit jars and sit in the dark and watch them blink. I was amazed by them and I still get excited when I see them, which seems to be much less often than in the past.

This was a simple project. I used an old decorative shelf bracket that I picked up at Canton, TX, which is a monthly flea market that takes place here in East Texas. It’s the best!

I placed a short string of white lights (aka lightning bugs) in a large vintage canning jar. I used the original wiring on the jar’s top to hang it from the bracket with a short piece of copper wire.

I added electricity and ta-da!

Here’s a Heart Rock for your Pocket:

When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the Light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the Light of life.” John 8:12

Wishing you God's best,


  1. That is so cute!
    I was thinking about using a string of Christmas lights to make a similar light for the front porch!
    I they sell Christmas lights year round now days, with all the resourceful people looking to make things with them?
    love the scripture...

  2. What a fun idea for our porch in the summer! Thanks for linking up on Craft Frenzy Friday!

  3. Very fun and easy idea! Thanks. (PS: I collect heart rocks, shells too!) We have the most amazing bunch of heart shaped mistletoe high up in an oak tree near my house....literally "love is in the air".)

    1. Anyone who collects heart rocks is a friend of mine. ;-)


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