5.19.2011

Simple Outdoor Mood Lighting~

It's been rather dreary here for the past few days.  Rainy and cold.  But I have big plans for outdoor entertaining this year...if the weather should ever warm up. ;-)

I thought it would be fun to share with you one of my go-to, outdoor, summer centerpieces.  It's extremely simple to make, but it adds tons of ambience to any gathering.  Canning Jar Lanterns.




To make these pretty lanterns, simply gather up some vintage canning jars.  I like a variety of sizes...it just adds to the impact.  Then get some candles...I use larger pillar candles for the big canning jars and votives for the smaller jars.  You can use any color candle you want, but I prefer to use white.  Clean.  Pretty.





Fill the bottom of your jars about 1/4 - 1/3 full of rice...or sand...or coarse salt.  It's really up to you.  I used rice in these because I had it on hand.  Sand is especially pretty, and coarse salt is lovely because it reflects the light.  But really any of these pale colored fillers will do. 





Then just pop the candles in and light.  Group your canning jars for more dramatic impact.  So simple and pretty.  (Please make sure you don't leave candles unattended or let them burn all the way down to the filler...as that could be a fire hazard.)



Happy Entertaining!

Oh...and  last but certainly not least,  I hope you love my new blog design as much as I do!  Thanks to Ellie G at Announced Greetings for her spectacular redesign!!  Love.  Love.  Love.

29 comments:

The Little Red Shop said...

Happy new blog design, Wendy! I just love candles in canning jars. Last fall, my friends put one in each window on either side of the chapel for a harvest wedding. They sprinkled leaves around them...but your all white design is very refreshingly set off by its natural green background.

: )

Julie M.

The Little Red Shop said...

Happy new blog design, Wendy! I just love candles in canning jars. Last fall, my friends put one in each window on either side of the chapel for a harvest wedding. They sprinkled leaves around them...but your all white design is very refreshingly set off by its natural green background.

: )

Julie M.

Melissa said...

simple & perfect for spring....

love the canning jars- just lovely...

Melissa x

Rissa @ Hazel and Honeysuckle said...

The blog looks fab :D

I love this idea, simple and very pretty! Thanks for sharing!

KarenSue said...

Simple but pretty!
I do like your new place....

Alyssa said...

I love doing this. Last summer, I put fresh lemons in the jars too! They smelled sooo good ;)Thanks for sharing, gloomy here too. Alyssa of Boston Bee

ReFresh ReStyle said...

Love the new design! And the pretty tablescape, everything looks better with candle light!

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Wendy your new blog design looks fabulous! Love the candle idea too! Martina

Peggy said...

I love doing this! We put sand (torn bags from Lowe's discounted) at the bottom of our jars so that the candles simply extinguish when they burn all the way down. It provides stability and is a great extinguisher at the same time! (can you see the method to my madness... i.e. laziness)

lucy said...

the new design is super cool...and so is the candle centerpiece:)

adventuresindinner said...

Gorgeous new design-I just put your new button on my blog and you are giving me a kick in the butt to do a new banner myself.

This post reminds me so much of our backyard wedding. Sigh.

Jen @ Bungalov said...

Great idea! I love canning jars and use them all over my house too!

ellie g said...

Great idea, Wendy. I've seen sand before, but I've never thought about rice. That is so textural and pretty. I think the new diggs look GREAT. Okay, I'm biased....but still...:) Happy Housewarming to your new virtual home! Lara

Eileen said...

Love the candles in jars. Your new blog looks great.
Happy sailing.

Cozy Little House said...

You've changed your look! It is so fresh and appealing Love your candle ideas here. So simple yet so elegant.
Brenda

Amy Kinser said...

I love using canning jars for candle holders. So cheap, quick, shabby and fun. Nice visiting with you.

Shannon said...

Simple and so very cute!

Julie said...

Love the new look!
I'm def going to use this canning jar idea!

Laura said...

oh.my.gosh! I actually gasped out loud when I saw your new design! I love it - it's beautiful & I think it suits you so well!
I love the canning jar idea - so simple & pretty.
I hope your little one is doing well.

Christina Klas said...

Love. Love, love, love.... And SOOOO easy. :)

Mindy @ Heart Maine Home said...

LOVE mason jars and candles! I filled ours with rocks and used them for our wedding centerpieces and they were so dreamy. I've also seen them filled with bird seed, which is also lovely.

We learned the hard way that letting them melt too far makes a big, congealed mess of wax and rocks in the bottom, which is very tough to get out of the jar!

Mrs Lemon said...

How pretty!

Jan@southernjunkin' said...

Very pretty! I like the lighter color candles and accents. The jars are so stable unlike some candleholders! We've been working on some "jar" lighting too. Can't wait to get the post up soon!
Blessings!!

Jennifer @ Delightfully Noted said...

It's amazing how beautiful candle canning jars can look all grouped together! I love outside entertaining and just did post on outside lighting as well. It's the
best part about summer if you ask me!

Inspire Me Heather said...

Sweet little project - they turned out so well! I linked this to my Mason jars post too today.

GLENDA CHILDERS said...

Hopping over from Censational Girls Outdoor Party. Hope you enjoy my 'patio time' post. (link #205)

Thanks for the beautiful and simple idea. I recently won some blue antique canning jars in a giveaway. Now I know what to do with them this summer.

Fondly,
Glenda

Ginny said...

I was looking at your cute jars and so hoping you were NOT using rice as I once did. the melted candle stuck all the rice together and that was the end of the jar too. it make such a funny story to tell though. I still use candles in jars with other fillers. I love your site so much...

SallyLeeByTheSea.com said...

This looks so lovely - the rice actually has a really nice look to it. Happy Memorial Day weekend!

Erin Spain said...

These are so pretty! I featured a link to this on my blog today, in an article about the many uses for mason jars.

-Erin
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