Mason Jar Lanterns
Level of Difficulty: Medium
- 2 Mason jars (I chose tinted blue glass jars)
- Twine (you will need approximately 8 times length of each jar and 8 ropes per jar)
- LED candle – for safety reasons, if you intend on real candles do not use twine
- Barn wood
- 2 Hooks
- Wood glue
- Hardware to hang
- Stain/paint (optional for barn wood)
- Rustoleum Oil-Rubbed Bronze Spray Paint (optional for mason jar lid)
- Clamp, hand sander, screw driver, hammer, nails
My mom gave me two large antique mason jars that are tinted blue (score!) I was so excited that I wanted to find a project for them, but I didn’t want to paint over their natural beauty. I decided to make them into lanterns since teal is one of my dining room accent colors.
- There’s a great tutorial for creating the macrame twine here. The only thing I adapted was the starting lanyard knot. After attempting (and failing) multiple times I simply tied a knot while holding all 8 strings of twine and taped it to the bottom of my jar.
- After finishing all the macrame knots I knotted top together and created a loop where I would hang the lantern from (I pulled it very tight)
- I spray painted the gold top to my mason jars to match the other features in my room with Rustoleum Oil-Rubbed Bronze.
- I cleaned and sanded some leftover barn wood I had from different projects.
- Next step was to cut barn wood to size. I used my newly made lantern to measure how big to cut the barn wood. I wanted it a little bit longer than my lantern.
- I cut a smaller piece off of the same board so it was the same width and used gorilla glue to glue it to the bigger board. I clamped it overnight to dry. This is where I planned to hang my jar from. I added a nail to center for extra support. I placed it where my hook would cover it.
- I used leftover stain (Minwax Dark Walnut) on my barn wood. I let it dry overnight. I was surprised how much it absorbed and it ended up a lot darker than I had planned. I used some leftover white chalk paint and used the “dry brush technique” to lighten it up. I then used an old rag and rubbed the white in to give it a more worn look. You could leave barn wood as is for a more rustic look, but I wanted to tie in the dark floors and chalkboard.
- Once dry I attached hardware to the back to hang the board. Then I added a hook to the front to hang the lantern.