Post # 1
Has anyone heard about people having problems with candles in mason jars?
I am planning on having 4-5 small mason jars (8 oz. jelly jar size) on each table with votive candles in them – these will serve as the candle lighting for our tables. I may put a small amount of sand in the bottom of each jar to provide some stability for each candle.
This sounds like it will work, and I can’t figure out why it wouldn’t. Mason jars can get quite hot after all – they are boiled during canning and you can make candles in them (with hot wax), so I am not sure of the risks, but my mom keeps asking me if I am worried about the jars exploding once the candles are lit.
Has anyone heard of this happening? Anyone use candles in mason jars and have it go really well?
Post # 3
What?! The jars exploding?! That’s ridiculous. Your jars and candles will be fine. Invite your mom over to dinner, put a mason jar on the table with a candle in it and do a test run to show her everything will be fine. We’re having mason jars with candles around our venue too. It’s going to be beautiful!
Post # 4
So long as you are not putting the lids back on the jars… you will be fine!
Post # 5
@Ella1978: I think even if you put the lids on the jars it would run out of oxygen and snuff itself out long before it exploded. I’m not about to test that theory out though 😉 But the lids would get really hot if you put them on, I could see that happening.
Post # 6
I’ve seen it done before and there are plenty of pictures and how-tos online. Just google “candles in mason jars”
Post # 7
Actually I know with the older vintage blue ball mason jars, if you put a candle inside and leave it lit for a while the glass can/will break. I bought a few blue mason jars from an antique mall and used them as decor around my house with vanilla candles in them, they were beautiful until one of them broke (think BB hitting a bottle) it wasn’t like glass went flying or anything. It just kind of cracked and fell down on itself. I found out after that the new ones don’t do that b/c they are made of stronger glass, but the old ones are weaker and can’t take the flames. I would test out one of the ones you have before you make a decision…
Post # 8
If you are using new and clear ones you will be fine. Like what june42011 said, I’ve heard that about blue mason jars due to the cobalt in them so just to be safe I’d stay away from the blue ones–even though they are gorgeous. Using some sand in the bottom is smart because then the wax clean up is better so I hear and that keeps the heat off the bottom of the glass too.
Helpful tip: When done, if you have some wax, let them cool off and then pop them in the freezer and the wax will pop right off. If you have any residue then just run them through the dishwasher. 😉
Post # 9
I JUST did that for our tables in May. NO issues with the jars at all, and we used larger votives instead of tea candles in the smaller size mason jars. I used a small dab of hot glue on the bottom of the candle to hold it in place in the center, since the bottoms of the jars are curved. Sand might solve the issue of the candles sliding, but a tiny dab of glue might make it more secure. We had ours 3 to a table, with the tables in long rows, end to end, and it looked fantastic!