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DIY Mason Jar Lanterns

Your Dorm Room Really Needs These DIY Mason Jar Lanterns

April 6, 2016

Decorating a college dorm room can be hard. There’s not a lot of space, all that cinderblock can make a dorm room look kinda like a prison cell, and for a few years, half of the room isn’t even yours to decorate. To top it off, there’s usually a harsh, fluorescent light that makes it painful to even look around. One decorative and useful way to light up your space is creating Mason Jar Lanterns! This inexpensive and DIY project is perfect for college students on a budget and can be bought at any Michaels or AC Moore. (Check out a step-by-step slideshow here.)

Here's What You'll Need:

Mason jars (any color, size, etc.) 
Small glass pebbles
Hot glue gun 
Glue sticks for hot glue gun
Small electric tea lights
Towel for hot glue gun/cleanup
Ziploc bags for extra pebbles, beads, etc.

Step 1: Lay out all of your materials on a clean surface.


Step 2: Warm up hot glue gun and open the marbles.


If the mason jar has a lid, remove the lid from the mason jar and set lid aside. Carefully using scissors, cut open the bags of gems

Step 3: Get gluing.


Carefully using hot glue gun, start from the bottom of the mason jar and glue pebbles flat side against the jar, encircling the jar. The glue drys quickly, so place pebbles on fast! 


Hold pebbles in place each time you glue one to ensure they stick


Important! Do not glue pebbles to the bottom, the inside the jar, or the area the lid will cover.

Step 4: Once you've got it, continue gluing the pebbles so they encircle the sides of the jar.

Glue drys immediately, so jars should be ready for handling quickly. But still, handle with care.

Step 5: Turn on the light and make it yours.


Turn on tea light candle and place one inside each jar. For mason jars with lids, screw lids back on and set aside
If desired, embellish jars with twine/hemp, beads, or ribbon to give it a personal touch!

Step 6: Success!

Bask in the glory of your crafting skills. Use towel for cleanup if needed.


Thanks for the sharing our project, Bri lol

Sara Weidner (not verified) | Mon, 04/11/2016 - 17:39

Great post, Brianna! My daughter and I are just looking for some nice uninterrupted time to make our own lantern--soon, I hope!

Joyce Hinnefeld (not verified) | Mon, 04/18/2016 - 14:17