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DIY Mason Jar Centerpieces: Floating Candles

Posted April 14, 2011 | 44 Comments

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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44 Responses to “DIY Mason Jar Centerpieces: Floating Candles”

  1. Alicia @CharityWedding
    April 14th, 2011 @ 9:59 pm

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

  2. Colleen @ Soundtrack To I Do
    April 14th, 2011 @ 11:52 pm

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

  3. Aleah + Nick Valley
    April 15th, 2011 @ 1:14 pm

    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!

  4. Kristen
    April 16th, 2011 @ 1:40 am

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

  5. Lydia
    April 26th, 2011 @ 2:11 pm

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

  6. erin * sparkle & hay
    May 19th, 2011 @ 2:17 pm

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

  7. jody blackwell
    June 16th, 2011 @ 1:44 pm

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

  8. Ann Weaver
    July 25th, 2011 @ 12:03 am

    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!

  9. Tori
    August 2nd, 2011 @ 6:31 pm

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

  10. Roxanna
    September 7th, 2011 @ 9:38 am

    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.

  11. Nicole
    December 31st, 2011 @ 4:49 pm

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

  12. Suzette
    January 8th, 2012 @ 10:44 pm

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

  13. EmmalineBride
    January 8th, 2012 @ 11:30 pm

    Hi Suzette!

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

    Emmaline Bride

  14. Erin Spain
    February 3rd, 2012 @ 2:53 pm

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


  15. Taryn
    February 12th, 2012 @ 4:46 pm

    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.

  16. EmmalineBride
    February 12th, 2012 @ 10:45 pm

    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

  17. Becca
    February 21st, 2012 @ 11:41 pm

    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.

  18. Beverly
    March 7th, 2012 @ 4:29 am

    How nea and simple to make.

  19. Debbie Jennings
    March 7th, 2012 @ 1:01 pm

    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!

  20. Nancy
    March 10th, 2012 @ 11:10 am

    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.

  21. lori fowler
    March 24th, 2012 @ 11:21 pm

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

  22. EmmalineBride
    March 25th, 2012 @ 10:41 pm

    Hi Lori!

    I’m not sure what specific small mouth jar size you have, but this size floating candle should work! Here is the link: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0039KZW9M/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=emmabrid-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B0039KZW9M There are plenty of colors available, too.

    Good luck!

    Emmaline Bride

  23. Karen
    March 26th, 2012 @ 8:44 pm

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

  24. Jamie B
    April 8th, 2012 @ 7:46 pm

    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:


  25. Kath
    May 8th, 2012 @ 8:49 pm

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

  26. Josephine Castelli
    July 24th, 2012 @ 10:23 pm

    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: http://morewithlesstoday.com/diy-mason-jar-centerpiece-floating-candles/ Thanks again.

  27. Kate
    August 23rd, 2012 @ 12:50 pm

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

  28. Ruff House Art
    September 21st, 2012 @ 4:53 pm

    Very sweet!

  29. nikki
    October 13th, 2012 @ 10:28 am

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

  30. Nina
    March 19th, 2013 @ 10:50 am

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

  31. Claire
    March 24th, 2013 @ 5:06 pm

    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.

  32. Emma@EmmalineBride
    March 25th, 2013 @ 10:39 am

    Hi Claire!

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

    Thanks for stopping by!


  33. Emma | Emmaline Bride
    July 2nd, 2013 @ 10:41 am

    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.

  34. Emma | Emmaline Bride
    July 10th, 2013 @ 10:47 pm

    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.

  35. Occasions In Print
    October 23rd, 2013 @ 2:00 pm

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

  36. Emma | Emmaline Bride
    January 28th, 2014 @ 11:50 am

    Quart-sized mason jars would work best! http://amzn.to/1dLbjiC

  37. Emma | Emmaline Bride
    January 28th, 2014 @ 11:50 am

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

  38. Emma | Emmaline Bride
    February 25th, 2014 @ 5:38 pm

    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!

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  40. Emma | Emmaline Bride
    May 13th, 2014 @ 5:38 pm

    Hi Amy! What size candles are you using?

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