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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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


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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