DIY Mason Jar Centerpieces: Floating Candles

This mason jar centerpiece is easy-to-DIY for your wedding! Adding candlelight creates a romantic atmosphere and these mason jars will add both a rustic and whimsical touch. First, you’ll need mason jars (you can buy them in bulk here for about $1 each) and fill with water. Next, tie a decorative ribbon (or raffia, as shown below) to the top of the jar in a bow. Place a floating candle (preferably long burning) in each jar and group approximately 3-4 jars together on each table. Light each candle and enjoy!

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DIY Mason Jar Centerpieces

**EB TIP: These DIY Mason Jar Centerpieces can also be made into favors. Use the lanterns to provide light to your wedding reception; add a tag to the handle with your name and wedding date. During the reception, instruct guests to take a mason jar lantern home. If you’re worried about open flames, use a plain mason jar (skip adding the water) and place a flameless battery-operated tealight candle in each jar. My sister did this for her wedding and it was such a fun idea!

Happy Planning!


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  • Emma | Emmaline Bride

    Hi Amy! What size candles are you using?

  • James Bond Bond

    You have done in fact wonderful work by make such a great blog keep up the good work.

  • Emma | Emmaline Bride

    Hi Stephanie!
    You would need to fill the jar closer to the top for it to work best. I’ve never had the top of the jar breaking off, but I imagine it is because the heat from the candle was too intense under the rim. Try more water and see if that fixes the issue!

  • Emma | Emmaline Bride

    Quart-sized mason jars would work best!

  • Occasions In Print

    This is such a sweet and simple idea! Thanks for sharing! We are getting ready to share with our followers too!

    • Emma | Emmaline Bride

      Glad you liked it! Thanks for sharing it, too.

  • Emma | Emmaline Bride

    Hi Reelika! You could, but I’d recommend the floating candles. They’ll burn longer and they’ll be weighted so they stay on the top. I hope it helps! Let me know if you have any additional questions.

  • Emma | Emmaline Bride

    Hi Cat! The jars can stand the heat; my recommendation would be to keep them out of reach of little ones, though. Blow out the candles at the end of the evening and wait until cool before handling. If you have any additional questions, don’t hesitate to ask! Thanks for stopping by.

  • Claire

    Hi, we are using the mason jars and the peach candles for my daughter’s bridal shower. Her bridesmaid’s dresses are peach. :) one quick question…. what is the glass at the bottom as they are not the marble glass…These really reflect light and colors which I like and I would like to buy wholesale as we have 36 mason jars.

    Thanks for your site.

    • Emma@EmmalineBride

      Hi Claire!

      It looks most like clear decorative glass gems, which you can find and buy here.

      Thanks for stopping by!


  • Nina

    These floating candles in a jar are so cute. Thanks for sharing!

  • nikki

    You can also get floating candles from :)
    I am going to make these for my country themed wedding with riverrock on the bottom instead :) I think these are SO beautiful

  • Ruff House Art

    Very sweet!

  • Kate

    Love this!! Found this just in time for a outdoor party I am hosting this weekend :)

  • Josephine Castelli

    Absolutely love this idea. There are so many uses for so many occasions. I just had to post this on my blog More With Less Today. Here is the link: Thanks again.

  • Kath

    Love this idea. They’d be great as luminaries lining your drivrway or up your steps for a party.

  • Jamie B

    Wow.. these mason jars with the floating candles are gorgeous!! They are so simple, yet elegant.. love them! I hope it’s okay, I just couldn’t help but feature them in my mason jar crafts and home decor round-up. You can see it here:

  • Karen

    So simple and so cute!
    I´ll share this idea on my blog, ok?
    Karen (from Brazil)

  • lori fowler

    wher can i get the floating candles that will fit in the small mouth mason jar?

  • Nancy

    Add artificial flowers to the water in the jar to make a stunning and colorful centerpiece. Also be sure to fill with water to the narrowest part of the neck. Otherwise the tea light can float under the narrowest part of the neck and the heat will break the jar.

  • Debbie Jennings

    I love this! I have some jars, now I just need to get me some raffia and candles. =) I live in an home that looks like an old farm house. I am trying to do the inside to look like an old farm house, too. I found a table I want, but will need to get the wood to build it. Love country!

  • Beverly

    How nea and simple to make.

  • Becca

    I found the link to this idea on Pinterest and plan to make them a little more rustic/country looking. I am buying the jars in varius different shapes and sizes from second hand stores, junk sales and reuse centers. I am buying jars that still have the lid on them but the lid is rusted. Taking the center part of the lid out and leaving the rusted ring part of the lid on the jar. Considering using a different color of raffia but undecided on that yet.

  • Taryn

    Are the jars in the picture pint or quart? They look like pint but the link takes me to quart sized ones on amazon. I’m trying to order supplies but I’m worried what size candles fit in the pint.

    • EmmalineBride

      Hi Taryn!

      I’d recommend a quart, which I used for mason jar centerpieces similar to these. You’ll be most concerned with the candle size. The quart is the largest, which is great because they’ll make a larger statement. Hope I helped! Thanks for stopping by!

      Emmaline Bride

  • Erin Spain

    These are so pretty! I featured a link to this on my blog today, in an article about the many uses for Mason jars.


  • Suzette

    These are also pretty on your Christmas table with cranberries and a sprig of green in the bottom. cranberries will float to the top.

    • EmmalineBride

      Hi Suzette!

      What a beautiful idea! Thanks for sharing. I’ll have to try that next holiday season. :)

      Emmaline Bride

  • Nicole

    The stuff tied around the top is Raffia, you can buy it at JoAnns and walmart :)

  • Roxanna

    You know that brown stuff you have tied around the Manson jar what is that called and where can I buy some? If you don’t mind responding back to me via my E-mail addy, I would greatly appreciate it.

  • Tori

    I absolutely love these! What size mason jars are they?

  • Ann Weaver

    I just made these last night for my wedding before I even saw this! I’ve collected blue ball jars for years. I used them, plus added seashells on the bottom, and hot glued a “W” with shell mosiac stones, my fiance and I’s initial onto the sides! They look great. We are having a spring lake-side reception after getting married on a lake cruiser! I can’t wait!

  • jody blackwell

    If you tinted the water with food coloring, you can match to the flowers

  • erin * sparkle & hay

    this are so simple & sweet – i love the look!

  • Lydia

    So beautiful and effective whilst being very easy and cheap too :)

  • Kristen

    What a cute idea! Can’t wait to create this for a summer event!

  • Aleah + Nick Valley

    Now these are really fun! We are planning a “dinner in the field” party that these would be perfect for. Think one really long rectangular table with 75 guests seated and family-style food with these mixed in. Love it!

  • Colleen @ Soundtrack To I Do

    I love these! I just went to a bridal shower that had them as centerpieces – so pretty!

  • Alicia @CharityWedding

    Love this! So easy and cute! And you are right it would be an excellent favor!