Nautical Mason Jar Lanterns

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 Guys, you know that I love upcycled lanterns. It’s become somewhat of an obsession. 

There’s something about taking a jar or a tin can or something that would ordinarily be in the recycling bin… and then sticking a candle in it. 

It’s sheer genius.

And it’s cheap. 

This Saturday between 1pm and 2:30pm, I’m going to be at Milner Gardens in Langley, BC, doing a demonstration on upcycled garden lighting ideas. I’ll be joined by two other lovely bloggers: Crystal of Sew Creative, and Jamie of So Much Better With Age. We’re going to be sharing some of our garden crafts in a big open house at the nursery. 

If you’re in the neighbourhood, stop by! Not only is Milner Gardens a lovely and inspiring garden centre, but it’s also home to the fabulous Shelley of Sow and Dipity. It’s going to be a great afternoon! 

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 These lanterns are so very simple. I started with pint sized mason jars, but I switched out the lids for the daisy-style lid. Not only is this more visually appealing, but traditional candles need oxygen, so these lids let the air in.  

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 I cut out adhesive vinyl shapes using my Silhouette cutting machine. 

I can’t help myself…. I love nautical shapes so much right now. Lila said that the whale was her favourite, and I have to agree.

Even though real whales are covered in barnacles and eat all the things that I wouldn’t touch, this one just say, “Love me. I’m too adorable to not be on your lantern.”

You’re right, Willy. Your giant forehead truly becomes you. 

Nautical Mason Jar Lantern tutorial - The Anchor - (1 of 1) 

A purist might say that battery-operated tea lights are a travesty to lanterns. 

But I think that they’re fabulous.  

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 My children cannot burn themselves on battery operated tealights. Nobody can tip these lanterns over and start a fire. (Unless there are some serious MacGuyver skils happening). The light is warm and flickers just like a real candle. 

I’m completely sold on these babies.  

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But I’m also sold on these fancy little nautical lanterns. As the day slips away and the night creeps in, the silhouettes of the anchor, wheel, and whale all become more prominent against the light. It’s the perfect little grouping of lanterns for drinks and laughs on the patio. 

And it was quick, cheap and easy. 

Seriously….do those three words not give you a thrill? 



  1. May 22, 2014

    Looking fabulous girl! Can’t wait to hang out with this Saturday! EEK!
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    • May 22, 2014

      It’s going to be fantastic, Jamie! Your flower pots are sooo lovely, too. The crowd is going to love them!

  2. May 22, 2014

    Love this! Where did you find the lids?

    • May 22, 2014

      Thank you, Shawna! I actually got the daisy lids at my local Michaels; they come in a two-pack.

  3. May 22, 2014
    Lauren @ The Thinking Closet

    Gasp! I have no words. Just drool. All over my keyboard. 🙂
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    • May 22, 2014

      That’s quite the compliment, Ms. Lauren! I have a feeling that you might be making your own version… I’d love to see them! 🙂

  4. May 22, 2014

    Oh they’re really cute, great job!
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    • May 22, 2014

      Thank you, Mel! They’re quick and easy – my kind of craft!

  5. May 22, 2014
    Crystal @ Sew Creative

    I LOVE these. I’ve been wanting to grab some of those lids on Pick Your Plum but I always seem to miss them. Fabulous project.

  6. May 24, 2014

    These are so cute; I love ’em. I’ve read back over your spill and are you saying that the lids are sold at Michale’s already punched out in that design? I’ve got a Michael’s one mile from me. Whoohoo! When I saw this on Pinterest, I wondered how you punched the lids so perfect..Never knew about the ready-made lids. I’m sure there are a lot of things down at Michael’s or ACMoore that I don’t know about..Guess that means I should go there more often, huh?

  7. May 25, 2014
    Kelly @ DeBoopShop

    What a cute project, and so perfect for summer!

    I’m also a sucker for giving new life to old things, which is why I used some of our old mason jars to make some pretty button storage for my mom as a Mother’s Day gift. I still have a few jars left, and some extra vinyl for my Cricut. I might have to make a few of these for our patio!
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  8. May 28, 2014

    Quick, cheap, and easy are def my three favourite words. Love these Tara!
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  9. June 21, 2015
    Natasha in Oz

    That is such a great idea. I love any project using mason jars!

    Visiting via Snickerdoodle Sunday. Have a fabulous week.

    Best wishes,
    Natasha in Oz

  10. June 27, 2015

    I love you nautical mason jars. Where did you get the nautical template?

  11. June 29, 2015
    Kathryn Griffin @TheDedicatedHouse

    Such a great project! Thank you for sharing. You are one of the features at the Make it Pretty Monday party at the Dedicated House. Here is the link to this week’s party. Hope to see you again at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse
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  12. June 29, 2015
    Lou Lou Girls

    This looks so amazing! Pinned and tweeted! Thanks for being a part of our party. I hope to see you, tonight at 7 pm. Lou Lou Girls
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  13. July 1, 2015

    Love these – so cute and the easy, quick and cheap is right up my alley. Thank you for sharing at Share It One More Time. Cathy
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  14. July 2, 2015
    Kristen from The Road to Domestication

    These are just SO cute!!! Thanks so much for taking the time to link up with us over at the #HomeMattersParty – we hope to see you again tomorrow!
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  15. July 3, 2015
    Kathryn Griffin @TheDedicatedHouse

    The Weekly Feature Series is live which you are a part of! Here is the link to the Series. Thank you for joining The Dedicated House. Have a great weekend! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse
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  16. July 10, 2015
    Theresa @DearCreatives

    Love how your nautical lights turned out. I recently have done two nautical projects myself. I’d love to add this to my list. Thanks for sharing at the party.
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  17. April 9, 2016
    Michael Ulrich

    These are sewtainly clevah! Haven’t seen them before anywhere. Great idea 🙂 Love any new ways you can re-purpose a Mason jar!


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