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.
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.
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.
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!