Hanging Mason Jar Votive Lanterns

My daughter’s now-husband was a typical groom when it came to the wedding planning.  He was happy to be there, but didn’t have many things he was opinionated about.  Because of that, when he did express a desire to have something we tried to make it happen.  These little lanterns just happened to be one of those things.

Hanging Mason Jar Votive Lanterns - Crafty Staci 1
Hanging Mason Jar Votive Lanterns - Crafty Staci 1

This is a project the bride and groom took on themselves and had finished in no time.  I wish I could show you a photo of the two of them working away at it, but I failed to take any.  If I could go back and do it over, that’s the one thing I would change.  More photos.

Anyway, to make these, remove the lids from the jars.  Lay the ring top down on a piece of wood and find a large nail.

Hanging Mason Jar Votive Lanterns - Crafty Staci 2
Hanging Mason Jar Votive Lanterns - Crafty Staci 2

Make two marks directly across from each other and hammer the nail through at those points to create holes.

Hanging Mason Jar Votive Lanterns - Crafty Staci 3
Hanging Mason Jar Votive Lanterns - Crafty Staci 3
Hanging Mason Jar Votive Lanterns - Crafty Staci 4
Hanging Mason Jar Votive Lanterns - Crafty Staci 4

Cut a length of wire that will allow the jar to hang at whatever height you choose, plus a couple of inches extra on each end.  Feed the wire up through the hole and twist it around itself.

Hanging Mason Jar Votive Lanterns - Crafty Staci 5
Hanging Mason Jar Votive Lanterns - Crafty Staci 5

Repeat on the other side and twist back onto the jar.  Add a candle and it’s ready to go.

Hanging Mason Jar Votive Lanterns - Crafty Staci 6
Hanging Mason Jar Votive Lanterns - Crafty Staci 6

We went with all battery-operated candles for the wedding for three reasons.  The first, and most important, is that we knew there would be a lot of little kids in attendance and we didn’t want any of them getting burned.  Second, we didn’t want to burn the forest surrounding our house down.   That one was pretty important too.  The last reason was convenience.  We were able to turn the candles on while decorating earlier in the day. 

Hanging Mason Jar Votive Lanterns - Crafty Staci 7
Hanging Mason Jar Votive Lanterns - Crafty Staci 7

As it started to get dark, all of the candles started to gradually become more obvious because they were already lit.  It created a pretty glow as the evening progressed.

Hanging Mason Jar Votive Lanterns - Crafty Staci 8
Hanging Mason Jar Votive Lanterns - Crafty Staci 8

If you don’t happen to have any of our above issues, these would also be lovely with a real candle.  Come to think of it, these would make a great wedding favor for your guests too.  Chalk one up for the groom!

Hanging Mason Jar Votive Lanterns - Crafty Staci 9
Hanging Mason Jar Votive Lanterns - Crafty Staci 9