DIY Mason Jar Lanterns
At long last, we finally have a little heat going on outside, and that leaves me with the yearning to spend more time on the back porch and dining alfresco. The only thing that puts a bit of a damper on this daydream, is the fact that porch lights act as an open invitation for a moth nightclub, and the last thing I want is for this airborne annoyance to rain on my alfresco parade.
Fact; I need some lighting. I like to see what I’m eating, and although the days are longer, a little mood lighting would sure sweeten the deal and help me to know what I’m spooning in to my mouth, and to just have a little lighting on the porch. Before placing a candle to two on the table, why not make a jazzed up candle lantern to look as pretty as your meal.
I have a very quick and fun DIY project to share that will give off a decent amount of light, will look pretty on your table and surrounding area, and you’ll be able to enjoy these votives all season and then some.
Take a mason jar, or any jar you have in your recycle bin, and clean and remove the label. Dry thoroughly. Grab some rubber bands and painters tape, and create a pattern on each jar that you plan to spray paint. If you don’t have rubber bands or painters tape, twine and shoelaces work great, too; just make sure they are tied tightly around the jar so no paint drips underneath. Once you have designed a pattern on each jar, prepare the surface you plan to paint on. Place a drop cloth or an old newspaper flat on top of a table and place the jars upside down with plenty of space in between.
Choosing a light color, such as white or ivory, spray the entire jar(s) in a short, steady motion. You may want to spray on two coats of paint; it’s really up to you how vibrant or how subtle you want the painted surface to be. I heeded on the lighter side so more light pattern would shine through. Let the paint dry at least 30 minutes or until you feel no tackiness when you touch the surface. Once completely dry, remove tape, rubber bands and / or twine.
Place a votive candle inside each jar and light with a long match or fire starter. Enjoy these on your table, outside stairs, or any other flat surface.