Glass Jar Luminaries for Outdoor Lighting or Indoor Decor

Glass jar luminaries are beautiful and so simple to make.

These mason jar lights won’t blow out in the wind the way traditional bag luminaries will. The ones I made use washi tape to create the designs simply and easily. Washi tape is non-permanent so you can change out the design in a new season.

You can watch the video and then read the directions below.

You’ll Need These Supplies For Your Glass Jar Light: 

  • 32 Oz. Legacy Canning Jar
  • Glass Marbles
  • Washi Tape (in a variety of designs)
  • Candle
  • Raffia or rustic twine

To Make a Glass Jar Luminary: 

1. Gather all your supplies. I actually ran out of marbles and had to go back to the store. Not fun.

2. Apply the washi tape to your mason jar to give it a translucent look once lit.

3. You can use a variety of designs based on the season. I used coordinating colors but contrasting patterns.

4. Put enough marbles in the jar to form a steady base for your candle, and raise the candle high enough to light without making it too high so it’s easy to blow out.

5. Add your candle. You’ll need a long-stem match or fire starter to get it lit without burning your fingers.

Ready to display

I tied mine with some twine to give them a rustic look and feel. I also put the ring back onto the Legacy canning jar to give it a finished look, but took the lid out so the candle would get enough air. These will be perfect for Halloween luminaries to go on the steps of the porch, or a  charming Thanksgiving centerpiece on table or mantle.

The legacy canning jars were sent to me to review and I love the way this craft turned out. See 25 More Ways to Use a Mason Jar for more craft ideas.

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  1. says

    Love this craft! It looks so gorgeous when completed – and easy to put together. I think these’d make great (and easy) housewarming gifts – and would be fun to customize for different seasons!!

    • says

      Exactly. It didn’t take long to make at all . With a more sophisticated design you could use ribbon or garland instead of twine….there are so many ways to customize it!

  2. says

    I made a similar craft years ago, but tore up pieces of tape and painted it over with primer. This is much more attractive and can be used for every season and lots of holidays.

    • says

      Cute! Yes Washi tape is one of those crafty items that had its origins in the type of thing you are describing. Now you can buy the tape pre-printed with designs n a lot of different varieties.

    • says

      My kids helped me with them too and the Washi tape makes it easy to redo as needed. I can take this design off and put new designs on for Christmas, birthday, etc.

  3. says

    These are beautiful! I saw them at your house and wondered if you’d made them. :-)

    Candlelight is so relaxing. These would be great in the kitchen, bathroom, anywhere you want that soft glow!

  4. says

    What a great idea! We actually love the smaller jars for drinking glasses. I’ve never thought of using them as a candle holder and I was just trying to think of something for that purpose.

    Another possible idea for the legacy jars (especially the short, wide ones) would be to fill with dried spices and baby pinecones with the lid on or off – of course with little hole drilled to let the scent out!

    • says

      I found some generic designs at Hobby Lobby and Christmas designs at both Hobby Lobby and Michael’s but ended up ordering the fall designs from eBay. I think once thanksgiving is over I will remake them with a Christmas design. The tape will make them easy to redo for any occasion.

    • says

      It’s a little more like masking tape – it was first popular for scrapbookers and stuff. The stickiness is the same as low-grade painter’s tape or something like that. It will peel off really easily which means in December I can redo these same exact jars with Christmas tape (then glitter tape for New Year’s, flowers for Spring, etc, etc). VS painted jar luminaries where you only get one color per jar. :-)

  5. says

    Awww… I love them. All of my favorite items! Mason jars, candles, washi tape and twine!
    (might have to steal this idea from ya, I haven’t made anything with the washi tape yet)

  6. says

    Love it! You know how I feel about a glass jar:) And clearly, I need to get my hands on this washi tape. I think I am the only person who hasn’t used it to craft.

  7. Anonymous says

    Thank you so much for spending some time to publish “Glass Jar Luminaries
    for Outdoor Lighting or Indoor Decor”.
    Thanks once again ,Milan

  8. Joseph says

    This is very conventional idea for outdoor lighting. Using Jar for lighting is something brilliant idea. I also like to see above video. I get some ideas here to use smartly.

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