Winter Mason Jar Lanterns (she: Lauren)

Greetings, dear readers! My name is Lauren, and I am thrilled to be kicking off my first post as a regular craft contributor here at Or So She Says.

When I’m not out on the lake with my hubby or curling up on the couch to watch an episode of Downton Abbey, I’m blogging over at The Thinking Closet. My blog is a space designated for letting creativity to splish, splash, and spill. If it’s crafty, I’m all over it, whether it’s rolling up rosettas for a felt flower wreath or tackling a beginner’s denim skirt on my new sewing machine. And if you stick around long enough, you’re sure to catch a quirky photo of me – – like that time I wore my burlap Christmas tree skirt as a bird costume. Riiiiiiight….. Anyway, I hope you stop by sometime to join in on the fun.
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So, I’m eager to share with you all my newest d.i.y. creation: Winter Mason Jar Lanterns. This project combines three of my loves: mason jars, candlelight, and SNOW!

Winter Mason Jar Lanterns by The Thinking Closet

Mark and I moved to Florida this past summer, so this is my first “tropical” winter. Although I’m loving the warmer weather, I do miss that childlike awe that comes with waking up to the world blanketed in fresh, white snow. So, I thought that I could bring the “snow” down south while making our backyard more welcoming to guests with some winter mason jar lanterns.

Here’s the how-to, so you can whip up your own lanterns this season:

Winter Mason Jar Lanterns by The Thinking Closet
Where to find these items? The wire can be picked up at your local hardware store; I found the votive candles in a 12-pack at Hobby Lobby – – it worked out to about 50 cents each; the mason jars were on sale for $1.40 each at Hobby Lobby; glitter came from my craft bin, but you can find it at any craft store; the Epsom salts were a dollar store find! This project is inexpensive – – just the way I like it.
Winter Mason Jar Lanterns by The Thinking Closet

Don’t let the sight of tools intimidate you! I don’t consider myself super handy when it comes to tools, but this project was very do-able for me. The hubster helped me with the wire wrangling, and I’ll break it down for you in such a way that I KNOW it will be do-able for you, too. Here we go.

Step 1. Cut the wire into two pieces, 14″ each. TIP: with a wire bender, sometimes you have to crimp the wire, then bend it to break it. Take one piece that will become our “handle.” Round it into a horseshoe by wrapping it around the jar. Set it aside.

Winter Mason Jar Lanterns by The Thinking Closet  

Step 2. Take the second piece of wire that we’ll call the “circle” and wrap it around the jar in between the bottom ridge and the middle thread. Chevron the two ends (criss cross them). Use your vise grips to clamp the wires where they cross and give a single twist. You should still be able to remove the “circle” from the jar.

Winter Mason Jar Lanterns by The Thinking Closet  

Step 3. Take your “handle” piece and using your vise grips, clamp the wire 1″ from one of the ends; bend that portion of the wire inward, 180 degrees. Release. Pinch the bended portion, so that you end up with a tight u-turn. Repeat this on the other end.

Winter Mason Jar Lanterns by The Thinking Closet

Step 4. Hook the u-turns on the “handle” piece over the “circle” piece. Twist the ends on the handle around themselves so the sharp part is facing inside toward the jar. Trim any excess pieces now.

Winter Mason Jar Lanterns by The Thinking Closet  

Step 5. Put the now-combined wire pieces on the jar and rest the “circle” part in the same spot as you did in step 2; line up the twisted ends of the circle on the “back” of your jar. Line up your handle so the two ends are across from each other. Grab the two ends of the circle with your vice grips and twist again and again and again, until it sufficiently tightens up. (Here’s where you might invite a second set of hands to come and help steady the wire while you twist.) Trim any excess pieces of wire on the ends.

Winter Mason Jar Lanterns by The Thinking Closet  

Step 6. Take a thick cloth and use it as a buffer between your thumb and the wire as you press the twisted ends flat against the jar.

Winter Mason Jar Lanterns by The Thinking Closet
And your jar is ready to be winterized!
Winter Mason Jar Lanterns by The Thinking Closet

Step 7. Mix up a concoction of Epsom salts and disco glitter to create the impression of glistening snow. Nestle your votive candle into the “snow” and light your candle.

Winter Mason Jar Lanterns by The Thinking Closet
I don’t know about you, but to me, there’s something magical about the glittering snow inside these quaint mason jars…and they sure do make this season a bit more “wintery” for those of us in warmer climates.
Winter Mason Jar Lanterns by The Thinking Closet

Thanks to Mariel for inviting me to join the team of contributors at “Or So She Says.” It’s a true honor to be able to share my projects with y’all over here, so thanks for following along.

Meanwhile, I’ll be sharing more d.i.y. projects and tutorials over at The Thinking Closet, not to mention pinning crafty goodness on Pinterest, like it’s my job. You and your creative self are always welcome to stop by for a visit.

Until next time,




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  1. Cute!

  2. orsoshesays says:

    Way pretty, Lauren! Thanks for sharing your awesome idea with us!!

  3. says:

    Looks beautiful and I love that it can be used year round. Great job!

  4. These are charming!! I can picture using them in the summer, too, (making us feel a bit cooler) behind the tent-house on the patio. Another place to get Epsom salts if you need large quantities is CostCo…but your dollar store find is probably the least expensive. I like the idea of adding some glitter! Congratulations on your first post as a craft contributor. I’ll be checking out this site!

    • Thanks! Yes, they’d be perfect behind the tent-house patio…for a little Christmas in July celebration, perhaps? And thanks for the tip on CostCo; that’d be great if you were making a lot of these for a wedding or special event. I’m thinking more and more about getting a membership! You know I love a good deal….

      • LOL…yes, you do!! Christmas in July…let’s do it one year to celebrate Christmas and your anniversary!

  5. Rebecca Criddle says:

    I’m so excited to have you as a contributor Lauren! I love your ideas and blog, and can’t wait to see more of them here!

  6. bartlescrivener@wordpress says:

    What a beautiful project! Affordable and easy to do, just the way I like it! That last picture does make FL seem to have a magical, wintry glow. Thanks so much!

  7. Love it! And anything that has to do with mason jars!

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