Are you over the Mason Jar fad? Good! Me neither! There is something so simple, rustic and beautiful about mason jars and they have SO many uses! This week we’ll show you how to make a super simple DIY Hanging Mason Jar Candle Holder that you can dress up in so many ways.
We made it very basic to walk you through the steps, but imagine adding a rustic paint job to your wood, adding corrugated metal to the back, painting your chain and lid, adding rocks or sand to your jar, etc…. the possibilities are endless!
Let’s Get Started Making Our
DIY Mason Jar Candle Holder
- 16 Ounce Wide Mouth Mason Jar with Lid
- 10-Inch Piece of Chain
- 2 10-inch Pieces of Pallet Wood
- Wood Glue
- Needle Nose Pliers
- 1 ¼ inch Hanging Hooks
- Picture Hanging Hardware (optional)
- 2 1-inch Pocket Hole Screws (optional)
- Kreg Jig (optional)
- Drill (optional)
Choose the smoothest sides of your pallet wood pieces. Place a line of wood glue along one of the pieces of wood on the smoothest side. Using your fingers or a utensil, smear the glue so that it clearly coats the entire edge in a layer of glue. Connect both pieces of wood together, smoothest sides touching, and find something to hold them together tightly for about 20 minutes. A little pressure will do it doesn’t need to be intense.
You have two options for attaching your two pieces of pallet wood, your first step. You can use your Kreg Jig to make two pocket holes in the back of one of the pieces of pallet wood along with glue OR you can just use wood glue alone. Either works great although, clearly, adding in screws would make it the most secure.
If you are choosing to use the screw option, you do not need to leave it sitting for 20 minutes as the screws will provide the pressure. So, once you’ve added the glue, screw the two pieces together and continue.
Now you will need your drill with a 3/32 size bit. If you do not have a drill or that size bit, you can use a hammer with a small pointy object such as a nail in its place. Either works just fine.
Take the lid of your mason jar and flip it upside down (you do not need the insert for this project, you want the top of the jar mostly open).
Put a hole in the crease of the lid where the side stops and the top starts. You will want two holes, one directly across from the other.
Using your needle nose pliers, pick up the very last link on each end of the chain and on one side of the link, clip it in half. Your needle nose have a strong metal cutter at the back of their mouth, this is what you will use to make this cut.
It truly isn’t hard and doesn’t even take a ton of force. Pry open the link just enough to where you can easily slip it into the hole you made in the lid.
Be sure to do this for both ends of the chain and attach each end to one of the holes on the lid. You will want to use the pliers to then close the link which should look like it was never cut in the first place after that.
On the back side of your wood, install your wall hanger near the top.
Flip over to the front of your wood. Using your drill and the same bit, drill a small hole directly in the middle of your two pieces of pallet wood about half an inch from the top.
Take your hook hanger and twist it into the hole. If you don’t have a drill, the hooks come with threads on them that are easily twisted, by hand into the pallet wood. Pre-drilling a hole just makes it a touch faster.
Place a lit candle or a battery operated candle inside the jar, hang it on the hook by the chain, and you’ve got a gorgeous addition to your décor.
Note: If you want to get even more fancy with your project, you can spray paint the two pieces of pallet wood white, let them dry, and then sand the boards by hand with 80 grit sand paper which, if done correctly, won’t remove all the paint but give it a rustic or distressed look. Painting the mason jar lid black after you’ve drilled the holes is also another great feature if it matches your décor.
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