DIY Moroccan Votive Candle Lanterns

24 Apr

Chalk this up as an easy DIY decor for personal or hosting use! These Moroccan Lanterns are easily customizable with color scheme and candle size. But first, let me give you a little background as to how I created these faux lanterns. Last fall at The Glitter Academy, I won a minute-to-win it game (the one where you put cookies on your forehead and without any hands move it to your mouth!) and the prize was a HUGE tote of Martha Stewart glass paints. I have been sitting on this tote (not literally) ever since, just waiting for the “it” project to whip out these fabulous tools and paints for. My “it” project? DIY Moroccan Votive Candle Lanterns.

DIY Moroccan Votive Candle Lanterns

I’m a little bit of a jar hoarder. If I’m going to be honest, when it is time for me to shop for salsa or spaghetti jars, I don’t always go for what is on sale. I go for the ones that have a unique shape. Not every time, just… when I’m feeling creative while grocery shopping. It paid off with this project! I used baby food jars (2 and 4 ounce jars), a pickle jar, and a salsa jar to create the faux Moroccan lantern look.

DIY Moroccan Votive Candle Lantern


This project was so easy, my (almost) 3 year old helped! After thoroughly cleaning each jar, we picked out a few translucent paint colors and brushed the inside of each jar. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to use copper or gold for the accents but once I ran out of gold, it was pretty obvious I was going to get to do both! Haha. Which accent metal color do you like better? We used a Martha Stewart stencil that also came with my tote for the two 2 ounce jars- then embellished more freehand style for the tops and bottoms.

DIY Moroccan Votive Candle Lanterns

For the other 4 jars, I used vinyl as stencil and embellished the tops and bottom freehand. The Silhouette Store designs I used for stencils were design ID 28293 “moroccan heart border” by Skyber Lowen, and design ID 29172 “moroccan heart frame 3” by Skyber Lowen– which I used the knife tool and cut the frame to make a just a straight border to use.
Place a candle inside each jar and you have a fun and festive summer centerpiece for your backyard evening decor!

DIY Moroccan Votive Candle Lanterns

16 Responses to “DIY Moroccan Votive Candle Lanterns”

  1. Angie April 25, 2013 at 12:59 pm #

    I just love this idea – Thanks so much!! I found you on the Mom On Timeout blog hop –

  2. Anne @ Domesblissity April 25, 2013 at 3:58 pm #

    Hi Mandy. I’ve always loved those Moroccan glasses. Yours are absolutely beautiful. I’m going to try this. (I’m a bit of a jar hoarder too. LOL) Am pinning and sharing on FB. Thanks for linking up at Thriving on Thursdays.

    Anne xx

  3. Stefanie W April 25, 2013 at 6:09 pm #

    Love the Moroccan look! I’m definitely trying this with my leftover spaghetti jars. 🙂

  4. amy April 25, 2013 at 6:34 pm #

    this is perfect! love the look and feel of these! thanks for sharing!

  5. Lori @ A Bright and Beautiful Life April 25, 2013 at 8:01 pm #

    What a fabulous idea. I, too, am going to make some. Thanks for the idea.

  6. Danni@SiloHillFarm April 30, 2013 at 3:11 pm #

    What a fun way to bring some bright colors in to decor! Nice project!

  7. Robin April 30, 2013 at 6:54 pm #

    What a great idea – I have several jars that have been waiting for a project like this. Thank you for sharing on Fluster’s Creative Muster Party!

    Fluster Buster

  8. Holly Lefevre May 1, 2013 at 11:23 pm #

    These are stunning…just gorgeous!

  9. Dianna L. May 2, 2013 at 8:00 am #

    I can’t believe you made these out of jars – especially a pickle jar! haha these are awesome! I’d love to try and make some myself. Thank you for sharing at Shine on Fridays this week!

  10. Buttons May 2, 2013 at 4:35 pm #

    So pretty! I knew there was a reason I’ve been saving all my jars! I love the two small jars, they would be so pretty with a little tea candle inside!


  11. Jennifer May 3, 2013 at 2:16 pm #

    I’d like to invite you to my Friday Flash Blog, where you can share your best blog entry of the week! The party goes on ALL weekend. And who knows, you may just get featured next week.


  12. Kathy Moody May 3, 2013 at 6:00 pm #

    This are so amazing!! Just pinned, and I am featuring this awesome lanterns at Pick of the Bunch later tonight!! Thank you so much for sharing with us at A Bouquet of Talent!!

  13. carolyn ~ homework May 6, 2013 at 7:32 pm #

    I just wanted to let you know that I featured your amazing project on my new blog DETAILS. DETAILS is the sister-site to my main blog Homework.
    On DETAILS I feature projects that have those little details that make them extraordinary. I’d love for you to stop by and visit and follow along on my new journey.


  14. The Style Sisters May 7, 2013 at 11:10 am #

    So unique and different…love your idea. Come link this post to my party Centerpiece Wednesday

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