Make a Fall-Inspired Mason Jar Votive

Acorns, garden twine and shimmering paint come together to create these easy-to-make votives.
Acorn Harvest Mason Jar Candles

Acorn Harvest Mason Jar Candles

Let it glow! Simply replace the tea light as needed for a fun, fall, festive candle all season long.

Photo by: Photo by Melissa Caughey

Photo by Melissa Caughey

Let it glow! Simply replace the tea light as needed for a fun, fall, festive candle all season long.

One of my favorite things about the fall is the colorful foliage and the arrival of acorns.

Acorns hold a special place in many cultures. They are thought to symbolize strength, power and bring good luck. Acorns are actually seeds in the form of a nut from oak trees. During the late summer and fall, ripe acorns fall to the ground and are scavenged by wildlife. If you are lucky and quick enough, you can harvest some of your own for crafts. They come in all colors, shapes and sizes.

Last year, we made leaf people with acorn hats. This year, I wanted to create votives decorated with acorns. One of my favorite ways to create ambiance, both indoors and out, is with candles. Whether it is at the dinner table, on the mantle, or outside during a gathering, to me, there is nothing like the glow and flicker from a candle. 

This acorn Mason jar votive is fun to make and comes together in a cinch. New to the market is spray paint with a translucent tint of color. I was so eager to try it out with this project. The spray paint comes in many different colors and can be applied to fabric, glass, wood and metal. For this craft, I coated the Mason jar with just one thin layer. 

This is an easy craft for someone with any level of crafting experience. This was so fun to make that I've decided to make a few extras to use as hostess gifts for the annual Halloween party and our family Thanksgiving dinner. You will only need a handful of supplies to get started and about half an hour to complete this project, including the time it takes for the paint to dry. Here is what you will need to get started.

Supply List:

  • Quart size Mason jar
  • Tinted spray paint
  • Acorns
  • Glass votive candle holder
  • Tea light
  • Garden twine
  • Newspaper

Now take a peek at the gallery and accompanying captions for the entire step-by-step tutorial:

Mason Jar Votive How-To

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Acorn Harvest Mason Jar Candles

Make these harvest jar votives to bring a touch of fall to your home.

Photo By: Photo by Melissa Caughey

Gather Your Supplies

For this craft you will need: 1 quart sized wide mouth Mason jar / acorns / 1 tea light and glass candle holder/ tinting spray paint / garden twine / newspaper

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Tint it Up

Spread out the newspaper in a well ventilated area and apply one coat of tinting spray paint to the exterior of the mason jar. (I used the color Gold Shimmer.)

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Add the Candle

Once the paint is dry on the Mason jar, add the glass candle holder to the center of the jar's bottom.

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Acorn Galore

Add a few acorns around the glass candle holder like so.

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Shadows Shimmer

Add a layer or two of acorns to the jar. Their silhouettes will peek through the tinted glass.

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Add Twine

Cut a piece of  garden twine approximately 2 feet and wrap it around the top rim of the jar. Tie it off in a knot and trim the ends.

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Light it Up

Add the tea light to the candle holder and light it up. As the dusk arrives, the Mason jar will take on a lovely golden tone.

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