Light Up the Night: A Mason Jar Project

Make these pretty and simple Mason Jar Lanterns in just minutes!  They’re perfect for outdoor summer entertaining!

One of my most favourite parts of summer are nights on the deck with friends…under the stars and candles and lanterns.   Some of the best conversations happen here.  We find ourselves doing this often during our warm summer nights and I would’t have it any other way.

Lighting is key for these times…soft glowing lights.  So I fill the table with tea lights and I’ve started hanging glass lanterns from our deck umbrella.  Home made lanterns out of mason jars.  Let me tell you, these are the easiest things to make, and they have such big impact!  Come along, I’ll show you how!

DIY Mason Jar Lanterns

These lanterns are made from mason jars!  I continue to love the versatility of mason jars…from jams to desserts to soap pumps and now lanterns!  LOVE them!

DIY Mason Jar Lanterns

This super easy lantern project can be done in a short period of time with just a few simple and inexpensive materials!

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Now all you need to do is invite some friends over and enjoy!

DIY Mason Jar Lanterns

So pretty!

DIY Mason Jar Lanterns

At night they look so nice! Sparkle, sparkle!

Have an inspired day!

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  • Reply Becca @ Crumbs and Chaos September 12, 2011 at 5:05 PM

    How beautiful! And what a great step by step tutorial…awesome!

  • Reply Lindsay @ Delighted Momma September 12, 2011 at 6:39 PM

    LOOOOVE this!! I am doing this for sure plus it looks adorable with the mason jars!!

  • Reply Yvette September 12, 2011 at 9:56 PM

    I think this is such a great idea! I am going to pin it right now! Yvette @ AquaSeventy6

  • Reply Pati @ A Crafty Escape September 13, 2011 at 12:39 AM

    Super cute, I love the look of these lanterns. Thanks for the tutorial!

  • Reply Amy September 13, 2011 at 1:29 AM

    Oh wow, these are so pretty and creative! I wish I browsed your link sooner so I can make them for tonight! They are perfect for the Mid-Autumn Festival while my family is going to hang out at the back yard after dinner to enjoy desserts and enjoy the full moon! It’s a Chinese tradition and the moon is the fullest and roundest tonight! 🙂 Oh well, maybe I’ll make these for next year then.

  • Reply Tina September 13, 2011 at 4:56 AM

    I’ve done the same thing with my jars. I added aquarium rocks in the bottom to match my porch then added the tea lights.
    I’m been wanting a tried and true recipe for Vanilla Sugar and found yours. I can’t wait to try it!
    You have a new follower here!

  • Reply Sam Findlay September 13, 2011 at 5:33 AM

    These look great! I love Mason jars they’re so versatile!

  • Reply Clydia September 13, 2011 at 1:46 PM

    Love them! Such a cute idea! 🙂 Now following you…:)

  • Reply Stephanie @ henry happened September 13, 2011 at 4:49 PM

    I just love mason jars – you can do everything with them! This would be so fun for Halloween!

  • Reply lisamc September 13, 2011 at 5:24 PM

    So pretty! Am so happy I discovered your blog…

  • Reply Jill ~ Jillify It September 13, 2011 at 5:24 PM

    I love this idea… I may just have to give it a try!

    I’m your newest follower too! 🙂

  • Reply Marilyn September 14, 2011 at 3:45 AM

    Super awesome.. Love it..Hello there.. I’m following ya officially from the inspiration board hop..Lovely blog you have here.Can’t wait to read more.. Hope you can stop by & visit me sometime / follow back.. TY So much.. Have a great week.Marilyn from ps: Would love for you to participate in a fall crawl next week if you’d like to join in :)) TY

  • Reply Mayje September 14, 2011 at 4:52 AM

    Hi! Stopping by from Blue Cricket Design Show & Tell link party. They look pretty and makes me imagine a peaceful night just sitting in the garden and think!

  • Reply Natasha September 14, 2011 at 7:32 PM

    Love these!!! so beautiful

    i would love it if you would share this on my link party , Serenity Saturday over at


  • Reply Courtney ~ French Country Cottage September 16, 2011 at 4:47 AM

    LOVE LOVE LOVE!!! Such a fantastic project!! Would love for you to come share this at Feathered Nest Friday! 🙂

  • Reply Shabby Chic Sandy September 16, 2011 at 5:56 AM

    Love this–I am definatly going to do this–time to take down some of my dead hanging plants that I keep thinking may just come back! These will look pretty in their place.

  • Reply Anne September 17, 2011 at 12:16 AM

    Those look great! I love mason jars. 🙂

  • Reply Teri@thefreshmancook September 19, 2011 at 3:38 AM

    I love Mason Jars too. These look great. Very creative! I linked to you from Nifty Thrifty Things. Thanks.

  • Reply Vintage Momma September 19, 2011 at 4:20 PM

    Those are so cute…I have always wanted to make some but never have!Thanks so much for sharing!!

  • Reply The Corson Cottage October 4, 2011 at 11:45 PM

    Just love your mason jar lights! We just made these for an outdoor party and tied them witn twine. I stopped over from Centsational Girl Fall Craft party. Hope you’ll visit The Corson Cottage somtime:) Carrie

  • Reply Grace October 21, 2011 at 4:07 PM

    Love this! I think my love of canning has spilled over into a love of doing things with Mason jars. This is great, thank you.

  • Reply Lois April 10, 2013 at 11:58 AM

    These also look very pretty with tinted jars(glass paint)

  • Reply tommy May 10, 2013 at 9:53 AM

    you ladies has said it all, glass reflects light , it is so soothing, I also have used mason jars, jars .. for every thing , I use one now for my measuring cup I drink from a pint to keep track of the liquid i ned to drink. thank you

  • Reply june olsen July 4, 2013 at 12:27 PM

    this is such a lovely tutorial….I love the simplicity ……

  • Reply Diane Szlucha March 29, 2014 at 11:44 AM

    I love these. The thing I like is that when I am done for the evening I can put their lids on and keep any moisture out. I am planning to use seashells in the bottom or colored glass depending on where I hang them outside. I wont be taking them down each night so I want to keep the water out in case it rains.

  • Reply Alan April 20, 2014 at 9:06 PM

    You can buy citronella tealights, and they will keep the bugs away as well.

  • Reply Carin May 19, 2015 at 8:11 AM

    I am going to make these, but have one question. If I want to hang them from branches in my crepe myrtle canopy, then I will need something to clip them to/or add to hang the wires from the branches. Any ideas? Thanks!!!

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