DIY Mason Jar Lantern in 3 Steps (No Power Tools Needed!)

This 3-step DIY mason jar lantern is perfect for lighting up your outdoor parties!

Warm weather is here, and that means lots of backyard parties. Illuminate your next warm summer evening with an upcycled hanging mason jar lantern. This spin on the classic glass jar lantern is super easy to make and doesn’t require any power tools. The closest thing to a tool you’ll need is a pair of scissors.

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Sure, you can use electric lights to illuminate your next shindig, but you can save some energy and add a little ambiance with a string of sweet little mason jar lanterns instead! Even if these rows of tea lights can’t completely replace electric light, even using a little bit less power means fewer dirty coal emissions, right? Also, these suckers are just plain cute! String them up in the trees for a firefly effect or skip the hanging and arrange them on the tabletop for some mood lighting.

My favorite part about this take on the mason jar lantern is that you donít need any special tools to make it. No drilling, not even any strong glue, and it only takes three steps to make it!

DIY Mason Jar Lantern

There are lots of tutorials for mason jar lanterns, but they often require strong glue or a drill to make the hanging apparatus. This simplified version uses the ring part of the jarís lid to skip a whole bunch of steps. In fact, it only takes three little steps to make this lantern, which means you can whip out a big batch for your next garden party in no time flat!


  • mason jar
  • ring part of the jarís lid
  • two 18″ pieces of twine
  • coffee beans, dried beans or peas, or rice
  • soy tea light


1.† Tie your two pieces of twine to your jar lid ring so theyíre opposite each other. Then, hold the twine in place with your fingers while you screw the ring onto the jar. The twine is going to want to move, so make sure you have a firm grip on it!

How To Make a DIY Mason Jar Lantern

2. Now tie the loose ends of the twine together at the top, making sure that you have equal lengths of twine on either side, so your lantern wonít hang crooked.

3. Fill the bottom 1/3 of your jar with the dried beans, peas, or rice, then nestle the tea light into the finished lantern.

Voila! Three steps, and youíre ready to hang!


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Carole R.
Carole R2 years ago

Nice idea. Thanks.

Alicia N.
Alicia N3 years ago

love it -thanks

Lucy S.
Past Member 3 years ago

Good idea. Use wire instead of the twine.

Natasha Salgado
Past Member 3 years ago

Sounds easy enough! Thanks

kathrynelizabet Etier

Hmmmm...I don't think I'll ever be ready to hang...

Jana DiCarlo
Jana DiCarlo3 years ago

I like anything that doesn't need power tools - as I am a bit of a klutz :P

thx for posting will use this at my off the grid cottage

Francesca A-S
Past Member 3 years ago

Thanks for sharing

Jennifer H.
Jennifer H3 years ago

What a neat idea. Thanks for sharing.

Janis K.
Janis K3 years ago

Thanks for sharing