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How to Make Hanging Mason Jar Lanterns

May 30, 2012 | 21 Comments

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Ever wondered how to make hanging mason jar lanterns? Want to light up your reception space with jar lanterns but you aren’t sure how to make them secure enough for hanging? Today, we’re showing you the easiest way to make hanging mason jar lanterns on how to make hanging mason jar lanterns that are both secure and easy to DIY… and all it takes is a few simple supplies! Read on to find out more…

hanging mason jar lantern

How to Make Hanging Mason Jar Lanterns

To make hanging mason jar lanterns, you’ll need the following:

mason jars (preferably with 2.25″ opening) which can be bought at a local grocery store or here

mason jar lantern kits (by midwest finds) – 3 sets for $10

long burning votive candles OR LED votives

– vase filler: consider sand, water beads, colorful ice rock gems, seashells, or clear ice gems



1. Secure wire lantern kit + chain to top of jar
2. Fill 1/3 of jar with vase filler of your choice
3. Place candle on top of vase filler
4. Hang lantern at wedding reception or line pathways to light up the night

EB TIP: If your budget allows, make extra jars (non-hanging) as lanterns and add tags to give away as wedding favors. Guests will love ‘em!

Alternate: Day to Night Decor

Fill with water + add flowers of your choice during the day; at night, add a floating candle to the water.

hanging mason jar lantern

hanging mason jar lantern

hanging mason jar lantern

(Pssst. If you’re using as a vase, read how to arrange flower like a pro here!)

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Happy Planning!


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  • dragon1092

    is this safe to use inside a house? just concerned about the glass with a candle in it. (very paranoid about glass now, had a glass roasting pan explode in the oven Christmas Eve)! But these would be lovely inside year round.

    • http://emmalinebride.com/ Emma | Emmaline Bride

      Hi! I’d advise against using them indoors UNLESS you’re using an LED battery candle instead of a real flame. Try a votive LED candle: http://amzn.to/1mq3r0J

  • http://emmalinebride.com/ Emma | Emmaline Bride

    Robin, you can buy the hanger from Amazon. http://amzn.to/16A1zvh Hope it helps!

  • http://emmalinebride.com/ Emma | Emmaline Bride

    Sharon, that is a perfect idea! You can grab blue ones (the perfect size, too) here: http://amzn.to/10vBn1s

  • ems alianza

    i have done these.. great idea especially in windy places!

    • http://emmalinebride.com/ Emma | Emmaline Bride

      Ems, I agree!

  • http://emmalinebride.com/ Emma | Emmaline Bride
  • Emmy

    Definitely going to try this. Favorited in my browser!

  • Dwane Casey

    We live in toowoomba …where do I get the jars

  • http://emmalinebride.com/ Emma | Emmaline Bride

    Pamela, Fantastic idea to combat mosquitoes! Thanks for the tip!

  • http://emmalinebride.com/ Emma | Emmaline Bride

    Hi Lori! You wouldn’t need a hole in the top because you won’t be placing a lid, so air should have plenty of room. If you have any additional questions, please let us know!

  • http://emmalinebride.com/ Emma | Emmaline Bride

    Aren’t they fun? I wish I saw them while planning my wedding.

  • http://emmalinebride.com/ Emma | Emmaline Bride

    Glad you liked it, Tricia!

  • Monica

    Gorgeous and simple. I love it.

    • http://emmalinebride.com/ Emma | Emmaline Bride

      The simple ideas are sometimes the best ones! Thanks for stopping by, Monica.

  • http://emmalinebride.com/ Emma | Emmaline Bride

    Glad you liked it, Mayette! Thanks so much for stopping by.

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