DIY Mason Jar Luminaries

A decorated mason jar hangs from a bush with a large fern in the background

Created by: Emily Buys, Clever Housewife

Use up your summer printed paper napkins with these DIY Mason Jar Luminaries.

With summer comes plenty of outdoor entertaining, and just plain ol’ hanging out by the pool. When we are blessed with cooler evenings, there is nothing I enjoy more than sitting outside with my husband, and having great conversation while taking in the ambience. Part of that fun outdoor ambience is these easy DIY Mason Jar Luminaries. Pick up some fun summer paper napkins for mason jars, and follow these easy steps.

Things You’ll Need:

  • Pint mason jars and fitted rings
  • Printed paper napkins
  • Small nail and hammer
  • Wire
  • Mod podge
  • Sponge paint brush
  • Scissors
  • Tealight candle


  1. Take a small nail and hammer and poke a hole in the top of the mason jar ring. Repeat on the opposite side of the first hole. Thread wire through the underneath side of the hole, coming out the top. Twist wire around itself and secure with pliers if needed. Make a curve with the wire, for the handle, and thread through the underneath side of the opposite hole. Bring up and twist around it once again.
  2. Set lid aside and place mason jar in the center of an unfolded napkin, print-side down. Lift napkin up one side of the jar so the edge of the napkin barely meets the rim of the jar. Scoot jar in or out as necessary, so napkin is pulled firmly against the jar. Apply mod podge around the jar, and stick the napkin to the glue, trying to smooth out any wrinkles. It’s okay if some wrinkles remain.
  3. With excess napkin at the bottom of the jar, bring it together and in the center and cut with scissors - leaving just enough to cover the bottom of the jar. Apply mod podge to the bottom and finish attaching the remaining napkin edges.
  4. Allow jar and glue to dry completely. Screw lid/ring onto the top of the jar, and place a tealight candle in the jar. Light, and hang jar wherever it can be enjoyed in the yard. Sitting on the table works too!