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Pretty Pressed Flower Mason Jar Luminaries

Add some romance to your space with pretty DIY mason jar luminaries made simply with pressed hydrangea blooms.

Pressed flower mason jar luminary.

Making Pretty Mason Jar Luminaries

I came across a big, fat hardcover book in my craft room full of pressed hydrangea blooms that I had collected the year before. Having completely forgotten I had them, you can imagine how happy I was to find them!

We often use pressed flowers in our crafts, for making pressed petal and rock vase wall art, resin magnets and resin jewelry with pressed flowers and other projects (isn’t this pressed flower lantern amazing???). Now all I had to do was think of a new way to use these pretty finds.

Not knowing exactly how these would turn out, I decided to try making some pretty mason jar luminaries using Mod Podge.

I tried two different methods. The first method worked out perfectly with the flowers glued directly on to a clear glass jar. The second method, of glueing the pressed hydrangeas on to a chalky painted jar, didn’t turn out as I imagined. They looked dirty and kind of gross so I scraped the painted jars and made a few extra of the clear jar luminaries.

close up of a twine wrapped mason jar luminary

Materials Needed:

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Materials needed to make Pressed flower mason jar luminaries including mason jars, flowers, paint, mod podge, paintbrushes.

How to Make Luminaries with Mason Jars and Pressed Flowers:

Thoroughly wash jars with soap and hot water and let them dry completely before using. 

Prepping the materials.

Working small sections at a time, apply Mod Podge to the surface of the smaller 8oz jar.

Putting Mod Podge onto the mason jar.

Gently place one pressed hydrangea on top of the glued area and press down.

Pressing a hydrangea flower onto the mason jar.

Seal the hydrangea in place with another coat of Mod Podge over top.

Adding more Mod Podge overtop of the hydrangea flower.

Continue adding one pressed hydrangea at a time on to the glass, overlapping the other flowers for more coverage. Cover the entire jar and then leave the glue to dry fully. 

Tie a piece of twine around the neck of the jar and fill jars with candles, flowers or candies and enjoy.

Pressed flower mason jar luminaries with wrapped twine.

They even look pretty on their own without any candles but look how they glow with a small lit votive candle inside!

set of mason jar luminaries on a table surrounded by craft supplies

More Marvelous Mason Jar Luminary Ideas:

We’ve got you covered with more creative ways to turn mason jars in to luminaries! From hanging mason jar lanterns, upcycled wedding centerpieces, peek-a-boo candle votive holders and even mason jar candles with lavender.

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Pressed flower mason jar luminary with text overlay.

Pretty Pressed Flower Mason Jar Luminary

Jane and Sonja
Pretty DIY mason jar luminaries made simply with pressed hydrangea blooms.
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Materials
  

  • Mason Jars in assorted sizes smooth, with lids
  • Mod Podge in glossy finish
  • Paint brush ½” angled
  • Acrylic paints in soft purple, or coordinating hydrangea color
  • Paint brush 2” angled
  • Pressed hydrangeas
  • Twine or natural decorative ribbon

Instructions
 

  • Thoroughly wash jars with soap and hot water and let them dry completely before using.
  • Working small sections at a time, apply Mod Podge to the surface of the smaller 8oz jar.
  • Gently place one pressed hydrangea on top of the glued area and press down.
  • Seal the hydrangea in place with another coat of Mod Podge over top.
  • Continue adding one pressed hydrangea at a time on to the glass, overlapping the other flowers for more coverage. Cover the entire jar and then leave the glue to dry fully.
  • On the larger 12oz jar, paint the surface in a soft purple acrylic paint. Let the paint dry fully before proceeding.
  • Tie a piece of twine around the neck of the jar and fill jars with candles, flowers or candies and enjoy.
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