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Easy DIY Mason Jar Lanterns with Maps!

Grab some map printouts and your Mod Podge, and make the cutest mason jar craft ever – a map lantern! This is such a fun and easy craft idea.

Easy DIY Mason Jar Lanterns with Maps!

Gone are the days of playing, cooking, and eating by candlelight (Little House on the Prairie style!). However, pretending is always cool. A few weeks ago my husband and I were at a tag sale. No surprise there.

I walked over to one side of the driveway, glanced down and literally gasped out loud. Surprise! Two boxes of mason jars for pennies on the dollar! I couldn’t claim them fast enough.

So for weeks these beautiful jars have been taunting me in the studio as I pondered what to do. It wasn’t until I was at the library that it hit me . . . map crafts! I couldn’t check out those antique map books fast enough.

I took them home, scanned my favorite one and printed it out on an 8 1/2″ x 11″ piece of paper. You can use any kind of maps for this mason jar craft, as long as the paper is thin enough. Maps from newspapers would work amazing!

Learn how to make this easy craft idea below.

DIY Mason Jar Lantern

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • A map or a printout of one, 8 1/2″ x 11″ to cover two jars
  • Mason jars with lids, cleaned and dried
  • Mod Podge
  • Scissors
  • Brush
  • Twine or string
  • LED tea lights
Cutting a map with scissors
Painting the inside of a jar with Mod Podge

Cut the map in half and you should have two pieces, about 5″ x 7″. Apply a generous amount of Mod Podge to the inside of the jar. Insert one of the map pieces and start pressing the paper up against the walls of the jars.

Hand holding a mason jar with a map inside

Use your finger or a pencil to rub out any bubbles and folds. The paper will fold a bit and that’s okay. Save the other map piece for another jar. Let stand for two hours.

Tying twine around the mouth of a mason jar
Making a loop of twine to hang the mason jar lantern
Gold ring screwed down on the top of the mason jar with the twine

Take a piece of twine and wrap it once around the jar. The second time around, feed the twine through the lid and tighten. Double tie the end of the twine with a knot and cut off any excess.

Hanging mason jar lantern
How to make an illuminated mason jar lantern

Turn on a battery operated LED tea light, drop it in and enjoy! It leaves the sweetest glow and highlights the details of the map beautifully. I can’t wait to hang a pair of these in my kitchen!

If you enjoyed these mason jar lanterns, I’d love for you to check out these other project ideas:


Saturday 23rd of February 2019

I love diy. This is soooo lovely. Great work