I just love these mason jar tea lights. I actually made these lights for our wildflower party. They were pretty easily to make. Now that the party is over, I like to get them out for a romantic night under the stars.
It was late, I was tired, and so I don’t have photos of the process, sorry!!
I used 12 gauge wire for some of the Mason jars and 14 gauge for some of the others. I recommend the 14 gauge as it was much easier to work with, since it is not as thick as the 12 gauge. I used needle-nose pliers to bend and cut the wire.
Basically I used one long piece to wrap around the lip of the jar and then bent it upwards to create a handle.
I cut a much smaller piece to make an “S” hook for hanging the lantern on my rope. I bent the “S” hook so that it would not come off the handle. The last thing I want to do is look for those suckers when I want to use these Mason jar lanterns again.
I used the 12 gauge wire to make the long handles since I had more of this wire.
And I made the shorter handles with the 12 gauge wire.
The 12 gauge wire I bought at Lowes, and the 14 gauge wire I got at Hobby Lobby. The Mason jars, I used are some small vintage ones with a berry design in the glass. We inherited these.
I fully intended to light them as it got dark, but with my sprained ankle swelling by the minute, I didn’t get a chance to light these puppies until Easter weekend, when I was chill-axing with the fam.
This just goes to show that things don’t always go according to our plans, but they always work out.
I know our guests missed this beautiful view of the flickering lights with the bluebonnets fading to black in the background, but…
we were able to enjoy them last weekend.
And then later… under the stars.
I’ve saved the best of the party pics for last, so come back for more. Here’s a preview of the table out in our field of bluebonnets.
Yes, more mason jar fun to come. All in all, I used over 7 dozen.
BBQ and Sides Table, and Iced Tea Table
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Janis@All Things Beautiful says
Anita, these are soooo pretty! I love the soft glow, and the way it lights up the berries in the glass is really sweet! You’re a pro with needle nose pliers…just saying’!! AWESOME job!
Love your mason jar lights.They are so charming.And those flowers are GORGEOUS!
Ginger Zuck says
Very cute and clever! Love them. Too bad about your guest, but at least you can enjoy them. I love a good mason jar for almost anything. Use them all the time!
Bunny Jean says
Those are really cute little mason jars… love the shape and design. They sure made nice votive light holders.
The last views of the yard with the bluebonnets in the background are wonderful. It’s good to have a special atmosphere to enjoy with the family.
xoxo Bunny Jean
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once in a blue moon says
that shot with the lights and lupine is award winning, the stuff dreams are made of! i love your lights, i am terrified of fire, we ALWAYS have wind and with dry hills its just to risky, but i adore the look~
Yvonne @ StoneGable says
Oh anything done with a Mason jar gets my attention! YOur sweet lanterns are just perfect for an evening outdoors!
I just love them~
I made some last year and anchored the light with a little bird seed in the bottom of the jar. They were bigger jars… there is something just delightful about this little light!
I might have to make a string of them for my back porch on a windless night!
Anita, i just love to stop by and see all the creativity going on over here!
chateau chic says
Your mason jar lights are wonderful! You created a beautiful ambience in the field of bluebonnets.
Tracey@Breathing English Air says
It is such a simple idea, and yet it has a very big impact. They look so pretty.
The bluebonnets and stunning. They look extra intense as it is going dark.
Adorable… of course. I have to step away from the blogs, I’m getting too many ideas for my son’s grad party in May. These would look awesome on the patio where his friends will hang out if the weather is decent.
I would love to do something like that in a tree off my veranda- they just look gorgeous!
Vickie @ Ranger 911 says
What a pretty sight those glass lanterns are with the blue flower backdrop!
Betsy@ coastal-colors says
Anita, these are lovely! The soft glow is so pretty! They’re perfect for your party! The Bluebonnets are gorgeous!
I just love them! So pretty.
Great idea to string em up too!!
Coastal Cottage Dreams says
Love the mason jar lanterns! So cute! Also love the blue bonnets!
Anita these are so beautiful!! I love to see mason jars used for all kinds of fun projects! Look at those flowers!
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Ann@A Sentimental Life says
Beautiful twilight with the bluebonnets in the background. hope that ankle is feeling better!
Love your jar lights – I’d pinned something like this! 🙂
Kim @ Savvy Southern Style says
I love them and great photos. A couple of those at the end could be a postcard.
Lori @ Katies Rose Cottage Designs says
Anita those are so pretty!! I love them!
Oh, Anita! This is so pretty! I love the small jars. That field of flowers is heavenly!
Charm Bracelet Diva says
Soooooo when am I invited over? They’re fabulous and look absolutely perfect!
Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces says
Really gorgeous, Anita…it must have made for a magical space! Your photos are beautiful, too!
Debra @ Common Ground says
just beautiful, Anita, the lanterns and the setting, and oh my, the bluebonnets are amazing!!
ArtMuseDog and Carol says
Anita ~ Hope your ankle is healing well ~ What a creative idea ~ gorgeous decor ~ love the lanterns and your photography is awesome ~thanks, namaste, ^_^
Ricki Jill Treleaven says
I really like your cute mason jar string of lights! Very pretty! Your property is stunning…wow, what a great place for a party!
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What a fantastic idea. the photos are beautiful!
Georgie Horn says
I want to come to one of your parties! Invite me! Come by for a giveaway honoring my father’s 84th birthday!
~Tablescapes By Diane~ says
Hi lovely lady.
Looks like you all had a great party !! Love your mason jars holding the Bluebonnets how sweet!! Thanks so much for your sweet comment on my busted pipe ever thing is OK now, As you can see I’am up and running on my laptop now. I will be putting a new tablescape on Saturday. I hope you have a wonderful week.
Shabby chic Sandy says
What a beautiful setting–how peaceful to sit there at night with those lite. It is dreamy!
Katherines Corner says
Oh my goodness what a lovely way to decorate for your get together. I love the mason jar candles and the table lined with mason jar vases is beautiful.The field of grape hyacinths is gorgeous!! Thank you for linking up to the Thursday hop. Sorry I’m behind in saying thank you. My recent post will explain my delay. Hope to see you again this Thursday. xo