How to Make a Hanging Mason Jar Candleholder

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(Image: Amanda Nguyen)

Give your front yard, garden or backyard an instant facelift with a hanging Mason jar candleholder. Gone are the days that Mason jars were used just for home canning. Slightly different from the usual Mason jar craft of painted vases or spice containers, this candleholder project takes less 15 minutes or less.

(Image: Amanda Nguyen)

Things You'll Need

  • Recycled or new shallow metal tray
  • Tea lights or votive candles
  • 16-32 oz regular or wide-mouth Mason jars 
  • Flower pot or vase 
  • 4 small quick links (zinc plated or steel)
  • 1 large quick link (zinc plated or steel)
  • 4 pieces of metal decorative or link chain (approximately 3 feet each) 

Step 1: Add Quick Links & Chains

On four spots along the side of the tray, add a small quick link and chain. Unscrew the quick link, lacing it through an opening on the side of the tray, add the chain and screw the quick link closed.

(Image: Amanda Nguyen)
(Image: Amanda Nguyen)

Step 2: Connect the Chains With a Large Quick Link

Unscrew the large quick link and lace it through the four chains and then screw it closed. This quick link hangs the Mason jar candleholder.

(Image: Amanda Nguyen)
(Image: Amanda Nguyen)

Step 3: Add Mason Jars

Place tea lights or votive candles into the Mason jars; then place each Mason jar on the tray to form a circle.

Tip

  • Add extra color, texture or height for your candles by filling each jar with sand, sea glass, small rocks or pebbles; then place the tea light or votive candle inside the jar. Don't fill too much over a third of the jar (to avoid a fire hazard).

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Step 4: Include a Centerpiece

Place a flower or plant pot in the center of the Mason jars on the tray.

(Image: Amanda Nguyen)

Step 5: Hang Your Candleholder

Pick a visible and fairly open space in your front or backyard. Wherever you choose to hang your candleholder, hang it approximately chest or shoulder height so that you are able to reach to light the candles inside the Mason jars. If you are going to hang the candleholder from your house, to screw in a sturdy plant hook into a wood ceiling joist or beam that extends from your house or from the side of of wooden beam or pillar. Use a masonry bit if you need to drill into stucco or brick. After you have screwed in the hook, take the large quick link holding the chains of your candleholder and hang it off the hook.

If you're going to hang the candleholder from a tree, tie a sturdy rope to the large quick link holding the chains of the candleholder together. Then tie the rope around a tree branch and knot tightly. Guests, family and friends will be able to see the Mason jar candleholder when they approach your home or backyard.

(Image: Amanda Nguyen)
(Image: Amanda Nguyen)

Step 6: Light the Candles

The easiest way to light the candles inside the jars without having to remove the jars from the tray is to light the candles with a lighter that has a flexible neck so you can bend it into the jar.

Tip

  • Change the center flowers to match party decor or to feature seasonal flowers or plants.

(Image: Amanda Nguyen)
(Image: Amanda Nguyen)
(Image: Amanda Nguyen)

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