By putting candles in hanging mason jars, you can instantly transform the mood of a room. Lighted mason jars can be used in so many ways. From rustic weddings, to romantic backyard décor, there is a hanging mason jar light for everyone!
Summer is many things to many people. For me, it is a great excuse too add new romantic lighting to my backyard. I have rounded out the years with an amazing outdoor solar powered chandelier, a lighted tree stump planter and these cute mason jar fairy lights.
These hanging mason jar lights can be made in an hour for a reasonable price and they will look amazing when you are through.
I found some small glass jars in a variety of colors and found some colorful mossiac stone pieces that enhances the dreamy Boho garden feel that I craved.
The LED tea lights that I used are working out beautifully as well, as they are bright and flickery and have a timer in them so I don’t have to remember to turn them off. I also love that they are for outdoor use, though I wouldn’t recommend letting them sit in the water.
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Here is what you will need for Your Hanging Lighted Mason Jar lights:
- Small recycled mason jars (make sure they are lightweight if you are planning on hanging them in tree branches)(Or any small glass container- I found some in different colors at Hobby Lobby)
- Some colorful pebbles or sand for the bottom
- Wire to make hangers 16 gauge Or pre-made hangers
- Candles or My Fave: Outdoor remote led tealights
- Optional: Seran Wrap and Rubber bands (to keep out the rain)
- Twine to tie jars onto hard to hang branches
And now for the fun part. Once you have your supplies this will be done in a few minutes!
How to make your Mason Jar Hanging lights
First, fill the bottom of the jar with sand or colored stones to hold the candles in place.
Next, place the candle or led light into the jar. If you are using an LED remote light, make sure that it is set to “on” before you place it inside.
Create the Mason Jar Hanger
To create the hanger for the mason jar, wrap your wire halfway around the lid of the jar and use needle nose pliers to make a loop. This will be where the handle attaches to the rim.
Wind the wire around to the other side and make another loop. Close off the wire around the rim.
Cut another piece of wire to act as the handle. Simply wind the wire through the loop you made on the rim and pinch it shut.
Depending on the size of your jar, they also sell the hangers pre-made.
Optional: Protect your Jars from the Rain
Since I am using remote controlled tealights, I wanted to make sure that as much water stays away as possible. The lights I used do say outdoor, but I didn’t want to take any chances.
To seal the mason jar hanging lights, I simply covered the top opening with a layer of Seran wrap and secured it with a rubber band. The rubber band was not bothersome, and since they would be hanging in trees, I figured the extra protection was well worth it.
Hang your Magical Hanging Mason Jars
This is the fun part. You can add hooks and hang your jars on the walls, make a neat centerpiece or do as I did and hang them around the backyard in trees and bushes.
If you are hanging the mason jar light hangers in trees or bushes, be aware that you will either need to put an entire branch through the loop of the light hanger or you may want to tie the lights into the tree with twine.
You could also fashion another hook out of wire (much like a Christmas tree hook) Having a way to tie the light into your tree or bush is a good way to avoid breaking any branches or having to place your light in a place that isn’t ideal.
These lights are perfect for special occasions, everyday use or even indoor decorating. I love the magical romantic feel that the lights provide. It’s amazing how much of a difference something so easy can make to your space.
If you are looking for more backyard ideas, check out our tree stump planter and our easy wooden arch. I hope you enjoy this simple tutorial that will make a world of difference in your space.
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