I’ve never considered myself a crafty person. Heaven knows I’m not artistic – my stick figure people look remarkably like my 3-year-old’s. But I like to make things. There was never really a way to channel this before I started a blog. Everyone thought I had ADD because I jumped from hobby to hobby – learning how to do new things like make cheese or recover a chair and then moving on to the next bright & shiny idea.
Since starting this blog, I’ve been amazed to learn just how many things I actually can make on my own. Candles? Soap? Mason jar lights? Who knew? Though I’ll be honest, it’s not easy for me. I’m definitely not a natural when it comes to creativity. But I enjoy the process – without a project I’d be bored in 5 minutes. These DIY mason jar lanterns will light up your life, literally!
When someone asked what it means to live a well-crafted life, I had to simmer on the question – over a glass of wine on the patio with my hubby now that weather is warm and breezy. I told him how much I loved the idea of celebrating makers. People who care about making beautiful lives. How I want that to be me, too.
I’m not sure how that translated into cutting hundreds of tissue paper triangles to make these giant DIY mason jar lanterns. But now our evening wine conversations have a warm glow.
I realized that, for me, creating a well-crafted life has been the process of figuring out my passions and finding what inspires me. That’s why I’ve loved blogging so much. It’s an endless opportunity for learning.
How do you define a well-crafted life?
Frequently Asked Questions About DIY Lantern Jars
What are DIY lantern jars?
DIY lantern jars are decorative lanterns made using mason jars, which are typically glass jars with a screw-on lid and a wide mouth. These lanterns can be used to create a soft glow and add a cozy ambiance to any space, and are often used for home decor or outdoor events.
How do I make DIY lantern jars using mason jars?
To make DIY lantern jars, you will need mason jars, spray paint in different colors (optional), battery-operated tea lights or other types of lights, white glue or Mod Podge (optional), and any other embellishments you desire, such as beads or a beaded handle (optional). First, you can spray paint the mason jars with a light coat of paint in the desired colors and let them dry. Then, you can attach any embellishments using white glue or Mod Podge, and insert the battery-operated tea lights into the mason jars. Once everything is in place, you can hang the lantern jars using a beaded handle or simply place them around the jar.
Can I use other types of paint instead of spray paint?
Yes, you can use other types of paint, such as acrylic paint or glass paint, to customize your DIY lantern jars. However, spray paint is often preferred because it can provide a smooth and even coat on the glass surface of the mason jars, and dries quickly. If using other types of paint, make sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions and allow sufficient drying time before handling or inserting the lights.
How many lantern jars do I need for my project?
The number of lantern jars you will need depends on the size of your project and your desired outcome. It can range from as few as 1-2 jars for a small centerpiece or accent piece, to 10-30 jars for a larger display or event. Consider the space where you plan to use the lantern jars and the overall aesthetic you want to achieve when determining how many jars to use.
Should I use real candles or a battery-operated tea light?
Some people believe you should candles for safety reasons. Mason jars are made of glass and can become hot when used with real candles. Battery-operated tea lights or LED lights are a safer option if you are going to leave your lanterns unattended for a long time, as they do not produce heat and eliminate the risk of fire hazards. Always prioritize safety when creating DIY lantern jars or any other crafts involving candles or lights!296
I love this project idea. However, I caution against using just any glass jar as some have mentioned. Actual Mason or Ball type canning jars are designed for high heat and stress. If you use jars other than real canning jars, be sure to supervise them closely in case they shatter from the heat. Or put votive candle inside a holder designed for candle use, then set that inside of a jar.
A Halp says
Hi, great idea, we are doing a school fair and I am thinking of these for the crafts table. Is the mod podge you used – did you also glue the triangles down first?
No, it’s just mod podge! You can coat the glass first, stick the triangle on, and then cover with more mod podge. Have fun!
does it matter what mod podge I use?
Nope! All types should work.
elle sees says
cute! and the matching candle is icing on the cake :)
Angie@Angie's Recipes says
What a pretty and neat idea!
Rinchen Dé (HIGHonDIY.com) says
These are so cute! I miss my balcony from my old apt, it would’ve been perfect!
Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies says
I spent today cleaning out our porch (which I had been using as a make-shift greenhouse) and I could use something bright and fun in there now. These would be perfect! Or maybe I could take a few different sizes of jars, like a short one, a tall one, and a medium one and put those all on the coffee table out there. Hmm…
Claire @ Claire K Creations says
I don’t think I believe that you’re not that creative Stephanie these are just beautiful!
i think every day camp or bible school i ever went to we decoupaged something like this, but NEVER did we make these cute little lanterns
usually a sad flower pot or jar of dirt that was supposed to grow something and never did
will have to get out my modge podge and give this a try
These are quite beautiful Steph! I don’t really have a well-crafted life so I enjoy living vicariously through you and your projects… I think I enjoy having my holidays get-togethers when I enjoy decorating, so I can be creative about once a year :)
Anna @ IHOD says
Stephanie, these are the coolest! I am amazed at your diversity of projects. Encouraging for sure!
Have a beautiful weekend:)
Needing to eat more pickles now.
Stephanie!!! You’re a genius!!! I’ve been wondering what I could do with all. those. baby. food. jars. Seriously! We go through SOO many of those things and I’ve been thinking about various things to do with them to lighten and brighten up our patio area. I’ve thought glass-etching, wrapping in burlap and twine, hanging with wire from trees, and all sorts of other things and now I’m going to add this to the list! I love the colors and yes, I’m totally with you on triangles. Done and done. Baby food jars and pickle jars beware! I’m coming for you!
That is such a fun idea! I’ve been using those pouch things for baby food and kinda miss the jars – now I want to buy some! :)
Lee Ann Gloria says
can you use elmer’s glue?
Seriously Sassy Mama says
Very pretty. I have been saving wine bottles and jars for lanterns in the back yard for just this thing. Thanks for the idea.