With summer in full swing, we are spending lots of time out on the porch. And while I try to keep it a kid-friendly area during daylight hours, after the kids go to bed I like to turn it into a relaxing space where the hubs and I can relax and unwind. For the longest time I would take candles out there and set them on the railing. However, I would forget to bring them in and the kids would knock them of the next day. So, when I was sitting out there earlier this week, I looked up and saw our empty plant hooks (a green thumb I do not have) and thought it would be so cute to be able to hang candles. After looking around though, I decided that I wanted something simple and almost old timey looking. When I stumbled onto a box of Mason Jars in the basement, inspiration hit me and I was able to create my very own Mason Jar Luminaries. Now, I hung mine but these would be super cute sitting on tables or stairs as well! Here’s how you can make your very own elegantly rustic Mason Jar Luminaries too!
What You Will Need
Clean, Empty Mason Jars
White Tissue Paper
1 Inch Wide Ribbon in Your Favorite Colors
Hot Glue Gun
How to Make It
I wanted a very subtle look so I decided to cover my mason jars in white tissue paper using Mod Podge (this creates a great, muted – think romantic – look when the candle shines though). I simply covered my mason jar with Mod Podge and then tore white pieces of tissue paper and stuck them to the jar. It’s totally OK for it to look imperfect and for there to be places that are more see through than others. That’s what makes these beautiful when the candles are lit. After covering my entire Mason Jar with overlapping pieces of white tissue paper, I applied a coat of Mod Podge over the top of it and allowed it to dry.
Once my jars were completely dry, I cut four pieces or ribbon per jar, ensuring that each piece was the full length of my mason jar. Then using a hot glue gun, I attached the top of the ribbon near the neck of the jar and the bottom of it under the bottom.
I repeated the process, spacing my four ribbons out evenly so they matched up directly across from each other. Once my four ribbons were attached, I tied a piece of ribbon around the neck of my jar and finished it with a bow.
Next, I cut a piece of wire so that it was long enough to create a hanger and bent it into a half circle, matching up the width with the outer mouth of my jar. I added a small amount of hot glue to each end of the wire and secured it to my jar between the jar and ribbon (it’s important that you secure the wire to the jar instead of to the ribbon or it will simply pull the ribbon off when you hang the luminary).
Finally, I added a tea candle (you could also use a small battery powered light) to the bottom of my luminary.
I then repeated this process with different bright colored ribbon for as many luminaries as I needed for my specific space. **Tip: Try to find colors that compliment each other well and make you think of summertime!**
Once dusk arrived, I hung my luminaries and lit them to create a sweet summer glow that made the area feel summer fabulous!
I’m not enjoying my porch in a beautiful glow! I hope you will too!