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. And it’s surprisingly easy to make them yourself. Read on for the how-to plus other DIY mason jar centerpieces we’ve found (including how to turn the mason jars into favors).
DIY Mason Jar Centerpieces
To make your own DIY mason jar centerpieces, you’ll need a few easy-to-find supplies. Order in bulk (and online!) whenever possible to save money. 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 like these) in each jar and group approximately 3-4 jars together on each table. Light each candle and enjoy!
We love these mason jars as centerpieces, but it’s also fun to turn them into lantern favors for guests to take home. Here’s how to do it.
To make mason jar lantern favors, you’ll need a few easy-to-find supplies. Besides the obvious — bulk mason jars! — you’ll definitely need these wire handles so your lanterns can be easy to carry and hang up on hooks (if you’re hanging on hooks, skip the water and use this type of sand as filler instead, or they’ll be way too heavy.) You can also place them on tables, instead of hanging them up, but you’ll want handles for guests to take home. These lanterns will double as romantic lighting throughout your reception and make exceptionally beautiful keepsake favors for guests. Add thank you favor tags (like these, super inexpensive) with a ribbon or jute twine tied to the handle. During the reception, make an announcement to guests (your DJ can do it!) asking them to take a mason jar lantern home as a favor.
Important note: worried about open flames with your DIY mason jar centerpieces, or your venue prohibits the use of open flames? No problem! You can still make these cute DIY mason jar centerpieces or mason jar lantern favors. Instead, use a mason jar, skip the water, use the sand filler, and place flameless battery-operated tealight candles in each jar instead. My sister did this for her wedding and it was such a fun idea! The candles looked incredible and added a beautiful glow to the reception. Plus, no need to worry about relighting them during the night if they flicker out.
You can use these mason jar lanterns along an outdoor path, too (on the way to the bar? the bathroom? anywhere!) with these hooks, staked into the ground. Alternatively, these lanterns would also make amazing lights for your night wedding ceremony or starry night wedding theme. Swoon.
Prefer something a bit different? Another favorite mason jar centerpiece idea is this one, which uses fairy lights. The result? Incredibly cute lanterns that are solar powered and look like this: