Easy Mason Jar Luminaries

March 6, 2014Allison Murray

These super simple mason jar luminaries require very little in tools, supplies and are perfect for even the least crafty crafter out there!

It wasn’t long ago that I heard a lady at the craft store sighing to her friend “I am so over all of this mason jar crap”. Now I’ll be the first to admit that I tend to go off trends pretty quickly. You know that whole chevron thing that some are still trying to keep alive (die already!)? Well, right in the midst I recovered two pillows chevron and I hated them within a few weeks. You know that whole chalkboard thing? For the most part I’m over it. But mason jars? I’m thinking these guys are going to be forever in crafts!

These super simple mason jar luminaries require very little in tools, supplies and are perfect for even the least crafty crafter out there!

In that same visit I went to grab a mason jar (50% off, heck yeah!) from an end cap and got totally blocked by a wide eyed soccer mom. She started grabbing and shoving these things in her cart and looking at me like I was going to jack her stuff. It was kind of freaky and showed me that mason jars so ain’t over. And if you’re wondering, I just went into the aisle and grabbed my one mason jar and kept on my merry little way.

This project is fun because it is cheap, easy for even the most entry level crafter and requires so little in materials and tools. Plus, the same jars look totally different with solar lights or flickering candles. It’s pretty amazing, really.

So head on over to Mom Spark and check out how to make these ridiculously easy mason jar luminaries!

Comments (20)

  • Sasha

    March 6, 2014 at 12:51 PM

    Hahah I’m right there with you on hating chevron! It’s like that song by Gotye that just wouldn’t go away! The luminaries are so pretty! I’ve been looking for a fun way to add some lighting to our deck for this summer and I think these will be just perfect!

  • Allison

    March 6, 2014 at 5:11 PM

    Oh, my gosh. That SONG. I hate THAT SONG! :)

  • Cindy

    March 7, 2014 at 10:25 AM

    Why would you want to buy mason jars, even for 50% off? I get them for free whenever I buy food ;) Just wash them off and you’re ready to go!

    Love your Luminaries! They makes pretty patterns when lit ;) Thanks for sharing!

    1. Allison

      March 7, 2014 at 11:09 AM

      Hi, Cindy! wanted to be able to use the ring and seal lids so that I could make solar jar lids. I have tons of jars from salsas, spaghetti sauce and the like, but I find actual mason jars have their place.

  • Tess Butler

    October 30, 2014 at 3:22 AM

    I am in England but have traveled in USA and drunk from Mason jars. The link to how you made them into solar lights does not work. How did you do it? The candle powered ones look good but the solar ones look spectacular.


    1. Allison Murray

      October 30, 2014 at 8:24 AM

      So sorry the link isn’t working for you! You can see how to make them here :) http://momspark.net/diy-easy-mason-jar-luminaries/

  • Mary Geib

    December 13, 2014 at 11:27 AM

    Could you use a different kind of glue for the luminaries. I tried E600 and that’s not working. How about super glue? I’m making these for our camping group.

    1. Allison Murray

      December 13, 2014 at 11:29 AM

      I have heard that people are having good luck using silicone caulk. Might give that a go!

  • Heather

    April 6, 2015 at 6:30 PM

    i am having the worst time with the hot glue. The gems are falling off. Would epoxy work?

    1. Allison Murray

      April 6, 2015 at 9:01 PM

      Yes, absolutely!

  • Kristyn

    June 30, 2015 at 2:28 PM

    Love this luminaries jar.
    Thanks for sharing.

  • Gilbert

    July 25, 2015 at 3:35 AM

    For me silicone is the only thing that worked.

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  • Marcia Fry

    October 29, 2015 at 4:10 PM

    Tried the hot glue and the E6000, glass stones just fell off. Very disappointed.

    1. Allison Murray

      October 29, 2015 at 5:47 PM

      You aren’t the first to have a problem with the hot glue. It must get too warm in some places. I’ve not heard of the e6000 working though. I did work up an alternative for folks who couldn’t get the hot glue to work out using silicone caulk. I’ve had this one all over and in 108 heat and mine is great and I’ve not heard of any problems yet. Sorry you went through the hassle for nothing but check this out if you’re still interestined: https://www.dreamalittlebigger.com/post/silicone-glass-pebble-candle-holder.html

    2. Laura

      May 15, 2016 at 9:27 PM

      I tried the e6000 too and had same problem. Then tried Gorilla Glue; worked perfectly! The gems stayed on just seconds after application.

      1. Allison Murray

        May 16, 2016 at 9:01 AM

        Good to know, Laura. Thanks for sharing!

  • Andrea

    April 21, 2016 at 8:08 AM


    Do you buy the solar jar lids or do you make them yourself?

    Thanks :)

    1. Allison Murray

      April 21, 2016 at 8:35 AM

      I bought mine on eBay but if you Google it there are tutorials to make them with $1 solar lights from Walmart!

  • Summer

    August 22, 2016 at 11:32 PM

    So I used the 3 in 1 craft glue that I bought at Hobby lobby
    And it work well. But I would start the first row on the jar and let it set for a few hours and then continue. It worked for me. No gems falling off. ?

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