(Closed) Mason Jar candle holders. Style of candle and leave jar empty/sand?

posted 9 years ago in Decor
  • poll: Sand, water, empty jar? Tealight, votive, taper candles? Help!
    Fill jar partway with sand. : (3 votes)
    20 %
    Fill jar with water and use floating candles. : (1 votes)
    7 %
    Empty jar (no water or sand) and use tealights. : (5 votes)
    33 %
    Empty jar with other style of candle. : (1 votes)
    7 %
    Use sand and taper candles. : (0 votes)
    Use sand and votives. : (2 votes)
    13 %
    Use sand and tealight candles. : (0 votes)
    Use sand and block candles (like votives but the bigger ones) : (2 votes)
    13 %
    Do not use block candles! They are too big and will make jar too hot. : (1 votes)
    7 %
  • Post # 3
    4581 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    Well, is your reception indoors or out? For an outdoor reception, I would use the sand just in case it gets windy (though mason jars are probably sturdy enough on their own). Otherwise, it’s personal preference. I think the sand could look cool, but unless you’re having a beach themed wedding, it may seem out of place. Have you considered filling them with other things? Coffee beans, white beans?

    For the candles, I like votives but if it’s feasible for you, I would even consider doing different heights for interest. Some votives, some tealights, maybe even a few taller pillars if your jars can accomodate them. No matter what you choose, it will look great. I love mason jar candle holders!

    Post # 4
    1995 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    make sure if you use tea lights they’re long burning ones – typcially these are soy based wax.  We got ours from IKEA very cheap – and color coordinated too!  The super cheap ones you usually see for pennies will burn out in like 3 hours.  I’d make sure to test them before you use them – just to see.  Your reception will likely be longer than 3 hrs.  Plus they get lit before guests arrive usually.  We had empty mason jars with our tea lights.  We added a little twine/ribbon around the outside for a little extra decoration.  I think that’s simple enough to look good. 

    Granted if you’re at the beach sand would look great!  If you’re in a modern venue – art museum, fancy hotel then floating candles would look great.  We had a garden wedding so the natural look worked best.  It depends on what type of look you’re going for.

    Post # 5
    139 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: March 2011

    I used mason jars with sand and votives for my cocktail hour tables and all over the outdoor balconies at my venue. That being said I love mason jars in any form and think you can’t go wrong if you are having a vintage/ rustic wedding.  I ended up using the votives in glass because it will make a huge mess otherwise.  I tried burning regular candles in just the jar and wax went everywhere making it impossible to ever reuse or sell the jars.  Tea lights could also be cute bur make sure you buy the long burning ones or they will not last through the reception.

     Cute ideas:

    My reception:

    Post # 6
    54 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    We are also using Mason jars!! I read somewhere that it is recommended to have a little sand or something similar beneath the candle because of the off-chance of the glass bursting from the heat. That said, I burn candles all the time and have only had glass (not a jar) burst once EVER.


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