DIY Time: Mason Jar Lanterns

May 15, 2014

To make these super cute mason jar lanterns, you’ll need a mason jar, some twine or thick rope, a glue gun, faux flowers or butterflies, sand and tea lights. I made these fun crafts last weekend, and they make a lovely party favor or outdoor light.

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My mom found these assorted butterflies at a thrift shop; however, you can find similar accessories at craft stores like Michaels. Fake flowers also make a beautiful embellishment. Really, the possibilities are endless. Nothing’s out of reach here.

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Here’s the prototype that my mom’s friend made. Isn’t it sweet? We just used that as the model for the other jars we made.

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It’s a simple process. Measure the twine so that it wraps the circumference of the jar with about a half inch of overlap. Next, apply hot glue to the twine. I did so in a zig-zag pattern to make sure the length of the twine was covered to make sure it didn’t sag. I applied more glue to the end of the twine and pressed it for about 15 seconds to make sure the twine was secured tightly.

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I then applied a small dollop of glue to the back of the butterfly and pressed it firmly to the twine for about 15 seconds. The same went for the fake flowers. I just had to cut the back of the flower (they were taken off of the stems) to make a flatter surface.

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Next, you can add sand to the bottom of the jar (seen in the prototype), or even a scented Epsom salt, and a tea light. A scented candle may work, but I’d only place it where it could be watched, for safety’s sake.

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I suppose you could even use this while camping or during a blackout, heaven forbid.

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Here’s another variation with a flower instead of a butterfly.

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The more the merrier when it comes to the tea lights. I personally like the look of it with more illumination.

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