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DIY Mason Jar Mug Lanterns + a Giveaway

Here in the Northeast as we head into the thick of winter we are always wondering when the next nor’easter is headed our way.  Many prepare by stocking up on milk and bread, but we get our Mason jar mug lanterns ready, in anticipation of a power outage.

We love them because they are easy to carry from room to room, if needed. They burn clean, and of course, they are pretty to look at when they are lit or even when they are just awaiting their next use.

Mason jar lanterns

Although you don’t need a power outage to light up these pretty lanterns, we thought it was a good excuse to give you a chance to win your own Mason Jar Mug Lantern Kit.

But first, let’s tell you how to make these little beauties!

  1. Gather filler for your jar, maybe some fresh holly, evergreens, or holiday décor to represent the season. (Need some filler ideas – check out the comments on this blog post)
  2. Place bamboo wick tunnel in the jar.
  3. Fill the jar with your filler.
  4. Fill the jar with paraffin oil leaving about ¾ inch to the top.
  5. Carefully thread your wick and glass wick tube through the lid.
  6. Place the wick in the bamboo tunnel and screw it in place.

For more in depth directions we wrote a detailed “How To” blog post here.

The Giveaway – A Mason Jar Mug Lantern Kit – includes:Mason Jar Lantern Giveaway

2 Mason jar mugs

2 Gold lids (for storage)

2 Wick tubes & wicks

2 Bamboo wick tunnels

2 Pre-drilled olde tyme lids.


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  1. Jodi M. Posted December 18, 2012 at 9:49 pm | Permalink

    I would put some delicious smelling pine and evergreen scents!

  2. Cody F Posted December 18, 2012 at 10:00 pm | Permalink

    I’m thinking something citrus-y to fill it.

  3. jonquil Posted December 19, 2012 at 12:36 am | Permalink

    i would fill my jars with evergreens & pinecones.

  4. Cristina W. Posted December 18, 2012 at 9:46 pm | Permalink

    I don’t know yet how I’d fill it, but something bright and pastel!

  5. Janet M Posted December 19, 2012 at 3:13 am | Permalink

    Love the lanterns. Great idea. I think I’m making these for gifts next year!

  6. Barbara Posted December 20, 2012 at 5:41 pm | Permalink

    I live in hurricane country, and I’d LOVE to have these instead of candles to burn when the power is out, and I’d also use citrus filled ones instead of an electric lamp when we’re watching TV at night. GREAT idea! I’m a jar collector anyway – my maiden name was Ball! (And yes, I do can lots of food!)

  7. Tabitha Posted December 20, 2012 at 6:42 pm | Permalink

    I like the idea of using natural items like cranberries and evergreen trimmings.

  8. rachel Posted December 21, 2012 at 4:20 pm | Permalink

    Something red (cranberries?) that would suit Valentine’s Day decorations!