Hey everyone,

So, it’s Valentines Day and I have a great DIY for you today. Mason Jar Lanterns. I made these to set up a nice indoor picnic for my boyfriend. These lanterns are cute, versatile (I’m probably putting them in my bathroom to use when I take a relaxing bath after tonight.), fairly easy, and can be whatever you want them to be! Now it should be mentioned that you can use any glass jar,that you can get at least a tea light candle into, it doesn’t have to be a mason jar. Want to use those wine bottles you have laying around? Here is a great tutorial for cutting them into candle holders.  Also, If you used any colored glass you can skip the first part of this since it is how you can color you jars. Now on to how to make a mason jar lantern.

Materials!DIY Mason Jar Lanterns

  • You are going to want Jars that are mostly smooth in texture, as many as you want
  • a stick to stir with, I used a chop stick
  • Paint Brush, bristles or foam both work
  • School Glue or Mod Podge, I used school glue but Mod Podge is well known for this
  • Dimensional Paints
  • A Quick Drying Glue
  • Craft Gems
  • Foil
  • Baking Sheet
  • Food Coloring
  • Water
  • Measuring Spoon
  • Bowls, One bowl for each color you want to mix
  • Paper Plates, One for Jar

First Things First!

If you are using a jar of any kind that has labels on them those need removed. Here is a great way to do that.


(I might be a little excited)

  1. First in each bowl mix 10 drops of food coloring for desired color per jar.DIY Mason Jar Lanterns
  2. Now add 2 Teaspoons of your School glue or Mod Podge per jar
  3. Mix together then add 1 Teaspoon of water per jar and mix again
  4. Now pour equally into each jar
    • I made one jar at a time to ensure each jar had enough to color it
  5. Now tilt the jar around to coat the entire jar in an even layer of the glue mixture, This is where having a brush can come in handy.
  6. Once you have EVENLY coated the entire jar place it upside down on a paper plate (or something you don’t mind getting coated with the mixture)
  7. Repeat this for all of your jarsDIY Mason Jar Lanterns
  8. Once all of you jars are coated place them in a 200 degree oven upside down on a foil lined baking sheet for 3 minutes.
  9. Flip them right side up and place them back in the oven for 1 hour.
  10. After one hour pull them out and let them cool complete (mine took roughly 30 minutes)
  11. And TADA now your Jars are colored!!

DIY Mason Jar Lanterns

Now to Decorate!!

  1. Gather all the decorating materialsDIY Mason Jar Lanterns
    • I used these craft gems, glitter glue for attaching them, and fabric paint for the dimensional paint because that is what I had on hand.
  2. Decorate! I started by attaching the gems and them adding the dimension. It made it easier not to smear everything. This part can take some time depending on how detailed you go
  3. Follow you paints and glue drying instructions (Mine took 24 hours)
  4. Drop in your candle a you have your own lanterns!

Tips for Decorating:

  1. Keep the tip of your paints clean to avoid the gloppy lines like you see below
  2. Make sure to watch your fingers when you rotate the jars to avoid the smudging
    • If you have a rotating cake stand I would highly recommend covering in foil and using it to decorate and dry you jars.
  3. Don’t use too much glue, If you put to much on the gems slip down the jar and muddy up any design you put on.
    • I would recommend if you have the time to place the gems and let them dry completely before moving on.

DIY Mason Jar Lanterns

What do you think you’ll use these lanterns for? What tips do you have for decorating masons jars?

Let us know below! Also if you make these we would love to see pictures!


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