DIY: Easy Mason Jar Luminaries

DIY: Easy Mason Jar Luminaries Have you ever gone to the craft store with a project in mind and had the entire thing just absolutely flop in your face? All I wanted to do was make some neat mood lighting out of mason jars, and I gotta tell you things were rough! I already had pint and half pint jars on hand, but I went ahead and got a totally smooth quart mason jar from the hobby store.

My first idea was to do the whole epsom salt luminary but without glue. I boiled the salt and water down and applied it to my jars just knowing it would crystallize beautifully and, well, it didn’t. Russell came home and went *sigh* “why are all of those mason jars dirty?” Yep, they just looked dirty. It was so disappointing and a full day of efforts down the drain.

So then I was going to attempt a new way to tint the jars different colors (you might remember I tinted them with Mod Podge and food coloring a while back and it was a smashing success). Things were going great and I was so stoked and then out of nowhere, while finishing curing in the oven, the paint starts to blister and pop. Seriously?

DIY: Easy Mason Jar Luminaries

I was just about sick of the whole project and since I have a tendency to walk off in the store found myself alone and unable to find my shopping accomplice. The only thing to do in this situation is to have the person paged with something like “Mr. B, your mistress is waiting at the customer service counter” OR go peruse the clearance aisle or another aisle that gets a large amount of sighs and groans that keep you from it on a normal shopping trip.

And that is when I found these awesome little glass gems for 50 cents a bag. I snapped them up knowing that I was going to put these guys on my glass jars, fingers crossed that it would work out well. And guess what? In the end I’ve got some gorgeous faceted jars that shimmer and shine or make pretty light patterns around them. It is wonderful!

DIY: Easy Mason Jar Luminaries

For this project you will need:

DIY: Easy Mason Jar Luminaries

Hot glue your gems to the glass…

DIY: Easy Mason Jar Luminaries Covering it as fully as possible.

DIY: Easy Mason Jar Luminaries

Add your tea lights (battery operated or actual flame). You can leave the lid off, put it back on (if battery operated) or use just the lid with out the seal if real flame.

My battery lights weren’t powerful enough to cast much of a glow, but the flickers underneath the glass were gorgeous. Great for interior lighting.

DIY: Easy Mason Jar Luminaries  

But you also have the option of making these mason jar solar light lids from the tutorial at Garden Therapy. This tutorial is seriously sooo easy – and each one costs you about $0.97 rather than $12 it costs to purchase a mason jar solar lid!

DIY: Easy Mason Jar Luminaries

These are great for outdoor lanterns and that’s how these will be used. The extra weight from the stones make them heavy enough that I don’t worry too much about easily getting blown over by the wind and shattering. Oh, and the darker it is, the prettier both versions are but it’s totally impossible to get a good picture that way!

This may go down as the easiest DIY ever on Mom Spark (though not the least time consuming considering all of my personal craft fails)! Which do you prefer? The soft gold flicker or the bright blue stunner?

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A crafter since her earliest years, Allison spends a little time every day making something. She crafts, sews, paints, glues things onto other things, and is a firm believer that a life spent creating is a life worth living. Visit Allison's blog, Dream {a Little} BIGGER.

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34 Responses to “DIY: Easy Mason Jar Luminaries”

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    Yona — March 4, 2014 at 11:15 am

    Just Pinned this because it looks so classy and easy to do…I”d love to do this craft.


    • Mom Spark replied: — April 8th, 2014 @ 2:11 pm

      You rock, thanks!


      • Lori digioia replied: — April 29th, 2015 @ 6:03 pm

        Yes. Nice. But the glass pieces come off easily..I put them outside on my step & they gradually fall off. Need a stronger glue, not a hot glue gun!

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    Mia J — March 4, 2014 at 7:29 pm

    I’m curious why you would need the solar lid? Would it be possible just to use the regular lid with a real candle? I think these are very pretty and would like to make some.


    • Allison replied: — March 6th, 2014 @ 11:10 am

      So that there is proper air flow for the flame, it is possible to use the outer rim of a regular lid but not the top seal portion and a real candle. I used solar lids because these will be sitting on a table on my porch and it makes more sense.


  3. #
    Dee — March 5, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    Love this idea!


  4. #
    Lisa L — March 7, 2014 at 10:14 pm

    Love the bright blue ones. Beautiful!


  5. #
    Krystal — March 12, 2014 at 5:31 am

    Love the effect on the walls when lit up!


  6. #
    toni — March 25, 2014 at 9:28 pm

    LOVE – great for a summer evenings party.


  7. #
    Michelle — April 5, 2014 at 3:10 am

    Love you have added the clear glass “gems” to the jar, its looks so pretty when the jar is lit up :)


    • Mom Spark replied: — April 6th, 2014 @ 1:09 pm

      Thank you, Michelle. :)


  8. #
    Jan1916 — April 15, 2014 at 10:54 pm

    I placed my glass light outside. As soon as it got warm, the gems fell off….now what? What did I do wrong? It there another compound to use besides the hot glue gun?


    • Allison replied: — May 30th, 2014 @ 1:36 pm

      You can always use E-6000. That stuff won’t go anywhere!


      • Shannon replied: — July 7th, 2014 @ 12:39 pm

        Thank you….I was wondering the same thing about the hot glue…off to find some E-6000!

  9. #
    Susan Best — July 6, 2014 at 4:07 pm

    These would be pretty in my classroom, I can strategically place them to draw my students into areas I want them to linger in guiding them to a peaceful spot to work :)


  10. #
    Amber Smith — July 19, 2014 at 10:32 pm

    I found that the hot glue begins to start melting after a while when using regular tea candles. will be trying Mod Podge soon.


  11. #
    Jennifer Rodrigues — September 10, 2014 at 9:24 pm

    I see some projects in my future for Christmas gifts!!


  12. #
    Lis — September 16, 2014 at 2:03 pm

    This would look really nice placing them all over the garden.


  13. #
    Mary — October 29, 2014 at 7:20 pm

    Would modpodge hold these on? I would like to make this child friendly and I’m afraid the E-6000 glue would be too hard to get off of their fingers. They could easily paint the gems with mod-podge. If mod-podge works, would it re-soften when the candle made the jar hot? Thanks!


  14. #
    Christina — November 10, 2014 at 11:10 pm

    i was wondering what kind of hot glue or hot glue gun you used? I tried this for my moms birthday but after a few weeks the glass things started falling off.


  15. #
    Melisa Marie — November 18, 2014 at 3:48 pm

    Hi Allison!
    I just found your post/project on Pinterest, and I’m glad that I did!!!

    This looks like a GREAT project, cheap, and well, easy, albeit time consuming. LOL

    My question is, couldn’t I use the “colored” glass gems and still get the same affect?

    I’m trying to find something to make for my sister for Christmas, because she LOVES different colored lights in her room. She has hanging Christmas lights, 2 different lava lamps, and a rainbow changing light. I was thinking if I could make her a few of these jars, she wouldn’t need to have sooooo many lights on in her room. SAVE ENERGY!!!!

    Thanks for a great project idea!


  16. #
    maria s — November 22, 2014 at 9:38 pm

    I’ve been looking for simple craft’s to do with my grand daughter. This is a good one to start with.


  17. #
    Debby Wiechnick — December 9, 2014 at 6:11 am

    I love the blue stunner but what is a flicker, the light you used for the blue stunner?


  18. #
    sherry — April 3, 2015 at 5:57 pm

    i was thinking of putting the glass stones inside the jar with a battery operated tea-lights in the middle of the stones to see if that makes a difference also no glue would suit me


  19. #
    sarah ward — April 11, 2015 at 12:36 pm

    will the heat from being outdoors cause the gems to fall off?


  20. #
    barb macaskill — May 17, 2015 at 2:09 pm

    The bright blue stunners are my favorite!!Definitely making a dozen or two or three of these to give as gifts!! Thanks for sharing!



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