Outdoor 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 CRAZY 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 scattered 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…
okay, let 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!
LET’S MAKE EASY CITRONELLA LANTERNS
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 and HERE and 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 sand a little for stability.
Arrange the jars in a large platter.
Add more bird seed to the platter.
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…