Easy Outdoor Mason Jar Lanterns
Outdoor Mason Jar candle lanterns are a must for summer living here at StoneGable. I love the ambiance of candles, and these lanterns do double duty. They keep the bugs away too! I made these lanterns in under 20 minutes!
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Here at StoneGable, we spend lots of time on our porch and patio! We love summer evenings outside, but we don’t love the bugs!
To keep these critters away from our table, I made easy outdoor candle lanterns in under 20 minutes (way under!) to give us a little bit of that beautiful candlelight and bug protection all in one!
My Creative Process
There were so many versions of these candles floating around in my head for days and days. I knew I wanted to style an easy citronella candle lantern for outdoor dining and evenings. So here’s how my crazy thought process went…
Citronella candles in Mason jar lanterns… great idea… useful too… and so easy… with sand in the bottom of the Mason jar… and jars with candles in a terracotta pot saucer… with pebbles in the bottom of the saucer… no too many hard elements… think… think… think…
How about birdseed… I have that on hand… and so do most people… okay, let’s make this with easy things most people already have… can use citronella candles or not in the diy lantern… how about putting the birdseed in the mason jars and in the terracotta pot… don’t like that look… how about on a dinner plate… everyone has a dinner plate… maybe three mason jars of different sizes… hope I have three different sizes… oh, good, I have a pretty big selection…
I’ll use my favorite white platter instead of a plate… would work on a cake plate, too… no, I like the platter idea better…could do individual candles down an outdoor table… remember this idea for later… how about scattering birdseed across the platter too… oooooh, I like that… hmmmm, I might use tiny vases of garden flowers too… maybe too much… okay, I’ll give it a try and edit it if I don’t like it… table runner should go under platter… blue and white will look great with birdseed… use cobalt blue shot glasses…
Maybe I’ll tie all the mason jars together with twine… no, not my style anymore… I can think of so many options… my head feels like it is going to explode with ideas… must sleep… stop thinking about it…
okay, let’s just gather things and see where it goes!
This is usually how I come up with ideas. I always say I have more ideas than time and money to do them!
Now you have a glimpse into how my mind works when I get an idea.
Make A Mason Jar Lantern
And if you don’t have what you need, here are some suggestions!
MATERIAL FOR LANTERNS
- large white platter-see mine HERE
- Mason jars- use different heights- see them HERE
- Birdseed- see it HERE
- Citronella candles- see them HERE
- tiny vases
- garden clippings
TO MAKE THE CANDLE LANTERNS
Add birdseed to the bottom of each mason jar
Put a citronella candle in each jar. Snug each candle into the birdseed a little for stability.
Arrange the jars on a large platter.
Add more birdseed to the plater if desired.
Light candles and enjoy!
These little lanterns look so pretty just like this…
OR add a trio of little vases (shot glasses) with flowers or herbs! They don’t call me the queen of embellishing for nothing!
I put these Mason jar lanterns on a small wire table on the corner of our porch! Bobby and I love to eat dinner there!
Easy outdoor lanterns in under 20 minutes!
When I’m done for the evening I can blow out the candles and put the lids on them and store them away until the next dinner on the porch or patio!
So so easy peasy- right?
Here are some other ways to use the citronella outdoor candle lanterns…
- group different size lanterns down the center of the table
- put them on cake pedestals or plates
- add wire hangers (see them here) and hang them from trees and hooks
- line a walkway, patio or porch with them for a bit of ambiance and bug protection!
Here are some other summery post to enjoy…
Not only do I love your citronella candles, but I love how you provided your thought process!! That’s awesome!
Don’t we all think like that!
Yvonne, thanks for sharing your thought process – I mentally run through my ideas the same way, and had a good laugh realizing other bloggers must do the same thing.
The candle lanterns are really cute – pinned!
Just curious, won’t votives like this melt into a puddle? To ensure this doesn’t happen, votives could be placed in votive side glass cups and then placed in mason jars. I’ve also placed them in sand for a beach vibe.
Yes, on both! The little glass holders I had would not fit un the mouth of the small jar. If the votives melt into a puddle no problem, just dump out the birdseed and refill!
Hope you try these Toni!
Such a cute idea and so easy.
Great idea but are you afraid of critters coming on your patio and devouring the birdseed? Maybe that’s just at my house, lol! I’ll use sand instead.
Love your birdseed candle lanterns, Yvonne! So pretty against the blue jars and the flowers. Enjoy your table outside!!!
Darling idea, however you must not have lethal and destructive squirrels. That tray would be tossed the minute I entered the house. I have chemical spray and that does not work. I live in Missouri and currently we are flooded, surviving the biting black gnats that draw blood and the swarm of mosquitoes. No one wants to sit out in these conditions but someday over the rainbow it may happen.
We do not suffer from destructive squirrels! They do not survive out in open farmland. They hawks consider them dinner! Why not set a pretty indoor table using these candles.
These are just so pretty and unique, Yvonne! Thanks for linking-up at Tuesday Turn About! We are always blessed to have you!
Very very cute but at my house I would have to use sand or pebbles. I have bird feeders not far from the deck and porch that I’m afraid all the seeds would be eaten. lol Though I do love the texture and colors the seeds bring.
Hi Susan, I think these candles would be fine as long as you are with them. Do what you think is best.
Do the candles melt down into a puddle without a holder for them? Do you have a source for the candles?
Such a cute idea which I will keep in ming. I had to put all the bird feeders away after a couple of bear visits. Last Saturday we had just finish watering the gardens and the biggest bear I ever saw came walking through the yard. I bet that bear would love those bird seeds /candle as a snack.
What do you do about the melting wax. Won’t it cover the birdseed and look messy?
Yes, it does, but I just toss the birdseed and the melted wax away.
Wire hanger lanterns link took me to web-cam
Such a cute idea with the lanterns. The bird seed adds lots of warm neutral colors. The squirrels would bite through the tray being sure they get every bite of seed. The mosquitoes here are relentless. The citronella we find here has a strong chemical spray. Are there other alternatives that really work?
*chemical odors* it was supposed to say