MAKE THIS: Mason Jar Lanterns

by • September 1, 2014 • 2014, Big Kids, Decor & Crafts, Home Life, September 2014, Teens and Pre-Teens

The budget for this project depends on what you’ve already got laying around the house. With the crazy push towards rustic-chic in the last few years, it is very possible you have a few lidded mason jars hanging around! If you don’t, you can still make this project for under $15.

Materials Needed

(3) Lidded Mason jars (about $2/ea. at the craft store)

Acrylic paint

Outdoor Mod Podge

Paint brushes


Paint palette or paper plate


Tea lights or battery operated tea lights

Make It

Cover the outside of the glass with a coating of paint, and let it dry completely; it should take about 15 minutes. (This is the part where the kiddos might get antsy!)

Once completely dry, rough up the paint a bit with sandpaper to give the jars that distressed-rustic look, as well as to let the light shine through once you put the candle in.

Coat the outside of the jar with a thin layer of Outdoor Mod Podge. Don’t worry, it dries clear!

While the Mod Podge is drying, tie the twine in two knots on either side of the Mason jar lid. When the jar is dry, screw the lid on with the twine. It will make a loop so you can hang the lantern – an easy way to create that warm summertime glow.

Drop a tea light or battery operated candle in and enjoy!


Michelle Koeppl started making at an early age, finding that getting her hands dirty was way more fun when there was a project in progress! She’s gotten those hands into everything from skateboard ramps to homemade jewelry to lawn games, and loves seeing what she can pull together with items she has laying around the house.

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