Super Simple Summer Mason Jar Candle

Super simple summer mason jar candle, go ahead and try saying that five times fast!

Before we go any further, I should tell you I have been awake since 4:15 this morning finishing up one of two blog posts for this week and my second cup of coffee was so much stronger than what I normally drink.  Therefore, I really can’t be held accountable for anything I might say here today.

You’ve been warned, and I apologize in advance if Summer is your favorite season.

Summer Décor

I don’t really understand those two words used together in a sentence. I basically live like a spelunker from June til September. My morning routine involves opening every single curtain and blind the minute I see the first ray of sunlight peeking through the clouds, then by 10 am, I am running from room to room to close everything in hopes of keeping the interior temperature at a chilly 78 degrees.

Normally I spend most of the summer whining and complaining about the heat and asking myself why I live in a place that it’s too hot to cook or paint or do anything past 11 am.

I decided about a month ago I would try not to bad mouth summer this year.  Every season has something to offer, and I’m going to open my mind and heart to give summer a chance.

Here’s The Plan

I could run down to my local hobby or craft store and buy all things beachy. Even though there’s always a 50% off sale, my issue is where do I store all the signs with rope, lanterns, and net? There’s no room left in the inn folks.

I started to rack my brain for a summer décor solution.

My prerequisites are, it needs to be under $10, can be used for more than one season, and needs to be under $10.

So I started looking around the house to see if I could find something that might work.

Here’s what I found.

Mason jars, sand, and seashells.  I am not even going to pretend this project hasn’t already been done but it’s a first for me.

If you’re ready, let’s make the simplest summer mason jar candle in the history of summer crafting

Step 1: Find a mason jar or many mason jars. You can buy a dozen of just about any size for less than ten dollars.

My super simple summer mason jar candle is embarrassingly easy create and the cost is under $10.

Step 2: Fill about half-way with sand or rice. I mention rice because it might be a little easier to find than sand and it still looks beachy.

All you need is a mason jar, a little sand, and a candle to make this super simple mason jar candle for under $10.

Step 3: Add a votive, tealight, or pillar candle.

Step 4: You are done!

Sand, seashells, and mason jars. Summer simplicity at it's best. This mason jar candle is too easy to make.

This is just a small vignette I put together using a few seashells my boys collected from the beach in Galveston, a mercury glass votive, and a dollar store candle holder.

I’m in the middle of giving my living room a cool yet cozy summer vibe. The plan is to design a space that makes me feel as if I’m on vacation in the South of France.

My simple summer mason jar candle is ridiculously easy and budget friendly.

Stay tuned to see how it turns out.

Right now, you are probably laughing hysterically at how ridiculously simplistic this project is, or you are running out to find all the mason jars, sand, and candles.

Either way, I hope you enjoyed my super simple summer mason jar candle and be sure to scroll down below to find more ideas under ten dollar ideas.

This month's edition of Ten on the 10th features my super simple summer mason jar candle as well as ideas from 10 other bloggers all under $10.

Cottage at the Crossroads

Patina and Paint

Poofing the Pillows

The Purple Hydrangea

To Work With My Hands


Bluesky Kitchen
Are you a die-hard fan of summer or are you an Autumn girl like me?

Or maybe Spring is your thing.  I would love to hear which season is your favorite and why.

As always I am your sister in paint


You might also enjoy reading my previous Ten on the 10th posts.

The Girlfriend Gift Box

How to create a Whitewash Finish

Simple Spring Book Page Bunny Garland

Farmhouse Style Flour Sack Towels


If you're looking for a simple summer decor idea, look no further. My simple summer mason jar candle is under $10 and ridiculously easy to make.




  1. Tammy says:

    Girl, you crack me up! While I love Summer,( my sister and I joke that we are like lizards on a hot rock enjoying the sun! Yes, I know there is something WRONG with us!) here in Texas Summer can be brutal! I think that your Mason jar candles are beautiful and a great reminder that sometimes simple is best!!!!

    • Lisa says:

      When I lived in the Northeast for ten years, I had romantical thoughts about how much I couldn’t wait to move back here and experience summer again. Those feelings dissolved very quickly upon my return. I’m glad you stopped by today!

  2. Karen says:

    I’m a spring girl – all two weeks of it! Southeast Alabama might be even worse than Texas in summertime. We’re close enough to the Gulf that high humidity is our constant summer companion.
    Did I mention we live near the Gulf?? That’s my solace. I can hop down to the sugary sands in less than 2 hours. Shells and white sand abound (though I think it’s a no-no to haul off that gorgeous sand which really is as white as sugar.)
    I love your candles and already had a similar idea in the works for my blog next week. You know…great minds…😝
    Have a great day, girl, and keep dreaming of France. 💞

    • Lisa says:

      Karen, my spring loving friend! Spring arrived in February here this year. I have lived in Biloxi, Mississippi and North Carolina. I am very familiar with that “close” feeling of humidity that causes my hair to expand three times its normal size. The beach is the only thing that makes living in these sweltering environments tolerable.

      Let’s make all the mason jar candles this summer.

  3. Carol@blueskykitchen says:

    Lisa, We could share one house: you live in it in the fall and winter and I live in it in the spring and summer. I’m a summer girl all the way, Give me sunshine nad warm (O.K. It’s Texas, so give me hot) temps, a margarita or glass of sweet iced tea and a lounge chair by the pool and I am a happy girl. I’ll take those mason jar candles DIYs any day. Simple is always best, KISS.

  4. Jane@Cottage at the Crossroads says:

    Lisa, you are too funny! We have to close the drapes on the west side of our house in the summer as well or we’d feel like we were in a sauna, too! I would imagine our heat here in SC is similar but I’m definitely a summer girl. Must have something to do with being a teacher and being out on break during the summer!!!

    • Lisa says:

      I was also a teacher, and I always looked forward to that last day of school! I have been blessed to be able to spend summers with my boys.

  5. Stacey says:

    Well girl if you do bad mouth summer, you won’t be the only one!! Why is it that we live for summer and the freedom it offers but we fuss about the heat? I know why…this is Texas!! Sometimes it feels like an oven.

    I do love your simple but cute idea. I’ve pinned a few times. 🙂

    • Lisa says:

      Thanks for pinning! I do love the longer days, cookouts, and spending time with my boys. You are right about the oven feeling.

  6. Kimm at Reinvented says:

    I love sand and seashells, but summer is not my favorite either. 🙂 I don’t love the seasons of extreme temps. and prefer spring and fall. We have lots of collected seashells, so I’ll give this a try!

    • Lisa says:

      The best thing about summer is spending time with my boys…end of summer story. Is there anything you can’t do with a mason jar?

  7. Janice@sawdustsisters says:

    Lisa you crack me up. This is a simple project but oh so cute! I can’t wait to see the rest of the summer vibe. I too open the blinds first thing. And summer is my favorite season, but we can still be friends ❤️

  8. Sarah @ SugarBananas says:

    You cracked me up with “spelunker”. Hehehe. I totally can relate about the TX heat. The sun was glorious until the clock struck 11. I still love TX though! I also love these candles! So classy, so elegant, and so summery without being flashy (which is what I find to be the case with summer decor usually). Gorgeous!!

  9. Anika says:

    Sometimes simple is the cutest Nd the best!! I love how it turnes out and can’t wait to see the rest of the living room I love how you tell the stories!!

  10. FLORENCE @ VintageSouthernPicks says:

    You sound like me Lisa. I spend all year dreading & complaining about Summer. It’s too hot to enjoy doing anything outdoors, or it’s too humid or buggy. I’m not a fan of summer.
    But I like your candle project! Never thought of using rice in place of sand, but that’s a good idea!

  11. Lisa says:

    I’ve been so homesick for Texas! The temps have been in the 50s here and I’ve been complaining about the cold. I do remember wishing my hair wasn’t so crazy from the humidity! Always seems the grass is greener on the other side.
    Thanks for sharing such a great post!

    • Lisa says:

      Isn’t that the truth. If you came to visit for a month, I bet you would be craving those 50-degree temps again. I am so happy you visited me today.


  12. Melissa Hatcher says:

    I hate the Texas heat, too. It’s the humidity that kills me. Love your candle idea! If you use battery operated candles, then that puts off less heat in the middle of July!

  13. Carolann says:

    Firstly, I love the jars you made. The sea theme is always a classic and looks lovely just about anywhere in your home! I am not a fan of summer myself and believe or not in PA the summers can be brutal! I love the Fall, that’s my time to shine and feel perfectly content! xo

  14. Tonya C Redmond says:

    Lisa, you may need to switch to ice coffee so that you can continue to have your coffee after 11 am. Gotta stay caffeined no matter what the weather! Or do you drink hot coffee even though it’s 95 degrees?

    Totally sharing this project. It’s simple but beautiful.

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