How To Make A Cute Porch Lantern

by Texas Homesteader ~ 

I wanted a cute porch lantern for ambiance while lounging on our back porch deck. A repurposed jar, some gravel and a small candle and BOOM! Porch lantern!

I used an old broken flip-top jar, some gravel and a small votive candle to make the cutest porch lantern ever. Come see! #TexasHomesteader

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RancherMan & I had a wonderful porch addition built to augment our back porch. Even before the porch addition, we’ve always spent our evenings out there enjoying that Texas sunset. 

And when we have company, we all naturally congregated on the back porch. But now with the addition there’s even more room to spill outside & visit. And I’ve landscaped it up (on the cheap though, y’all) so it really is an oasis!

Recently I found several cute glass jar lantern lights at various craft & antique shops when we took a fun quick trip to Granbury, Texas. Of course I thought to myself: “I can make that!”

Now living out in the country without city lighting & all, it gets really dark at night. So a bright light outside will certainly attract every flying bug in sight! I prefer a soft, gentle light.

I thought about various canning jars I had around the house and ways to affix a hanger so I could place it up higher if I wanted. But I wanted something pretty too, ya know?

The Perfect Repurposed Jar… For CHEAP!

Then one day, it happened. We were attending a garage sale in Amarillo, TX with my favorite aunt when I saw a pretty blue flip-top jar, but the top was missing. Since it was ‘broken‘ they only wanted a quarter for it. 

But this was PERFECT for my little porch lantern since I wouldn’t need the top anyway. I practically danced to the seller as I handed her that quarter!

I used an old broken flip-top jar, some gravel and a small votive candle to make the cutest porch lantern ever. Come see! #TexasHomesteader

Once we got home I asked RancherMan if he would be able to affix a wire to hang my candle. I needed it to hold the jar steady and upright too, which means the wire shouldn’t be able to slide or shift the weight of the candle.

Of course he steps out into his shop and returns just a few minutes later with exactly what I’d asked for.

Making a hanging loop on my candle jar. I used an old broken flip-top jar, some gravel and a small votive candle to make the cutest porch lantern ever. Come see! #TexasHomesteader

That’s perfect! He attached some heavy fencing wire to the leftover flip-top metal hardware from the jar’s broken lid. 

That little metal loop can be laid down if I want to set the candle jar on the table next to our porch swing. Or the wire can be stood up to hang it on a decorative iron hook I have mounted higher up.

Old Box Of Candles

Now back in my ‘old life’ I used to burn candles all the time. But I don’t burn many anymore, much preferring to burn my Beeswax Candles instead.

Homemade candle using all natural beeswax and a repurposed jar and purchased wicks. #TexasHomesteader

So I had a large box of both new and used scented candles that had been set aside for quite a long time.  I’d initially offered them to friends & family.

They eagerly took several off my hands but I still had many in a box. I figured I’d just melt them down for my Fireplace Starters so at least they’d get used.

But now I have a better and prettier use for one of those candles!

I used an old broken flip-top jar, some gravel and a small votive candle to make the cutest porch lantern ever. Come see! #TexasHomesteader

So out to the driveway I go to scoop up some of the gravel for the bottom of the jar. That gives a steady place to set the candle. It also gives a little buffer space for when the candle burns down so the glass doesn’t get too hot.

Then I insert a small votive candle atop the gravel.  Yes – I like it!!

I used an old broken flip-top bail-top jar, some gravel and a small votive candle to make the cutest porch lantern ever. Come see! #TexasHomesteader

I think my homemade porch lantern is absolutely perfect!  Just enough mood lighting to accompany us while enjoying the back porch, but not bright enough to attract every flying insect in the county.

Use whatcha got, y’all!


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5 thoughts on “How To Make A Cute Porch Lantern

  1. Greg Hill

    Hey Tammy T,
    You know I’m into repurposed items.
    Love this cute little repurpose candle lite.
    Pinned it to my Creative and Crafty friends board.

  2. candace Ford

    I love that jar. I, too, would have grabbed it for .25$. In my early years of canning on my own our local radio station had a service called “best buys” and people listed things they wanted to get rid of. Someone had clear, pint, bail top (that’s what we call/called them in Oregon) jars to sell. I think I bought all she had at either 10 or 25 cents a dozen but maybe it was a piece. Long long ago, but it was easy to get the jar rubbers in those days. I did not use them for tuna or other meat, just fruit as I recall. I don’t really do much canning any more. A few years ago my son had several tuna from a trip out on someone’s boat, he brought a crab cooker (don’t can this way unless you are prepared to watch the dial like a hawk! They get very hot very fast). We filled jars, sat out in the driveway in front of the house and watched those dials (like hawks) so all the smell was outside. Other than that and a couple of years ago some tomatoes (on the stove in the house) I use the food dryer or the freezer (s). I’ve given away many of the jars, but still have some blue ones and a few others left to use for storage on the counter and such.

    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      I think they’re still called bail-top jars Candace. I loved the color and texture of this one. And I’m TOTALLY jealous of your amazing find in purchasing yours! ~TxH~

  3. Lori Martin

    This is so cute! I love the softer light idea. We’re in the humid area of the northeast so bugs are definitely an evening issue.

    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      I hear ya, Lori. I have a very cute decorative wrought-iron hook above our porch swing so I often hook our porch lantern on that. Just enough light for mood-lighting but not enough to bring in all the bugs! ~TxH~


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