Make Christmas Mason Jar Twinkle Light Luminaries ~ Brighten up your indoor or outdoor Christmas décor with gorgeous inexpensive easy to make luminaries!
This past summer I was out for a walk in the neighbourhood and happened to walk by a garage sale that was just getting started. I naturally had to stop by. I ended up buying a few items including a box full of interesting mason jars. There were different sizes and different colours. What caught my eye were the half dozen extra-large mason jars that you don’t see too often in the stores. These are a perfect size for pickling pickles. So, I walked home, got the car and drove back to the garage sale down the block and left with my treasure of mason jars.
If you are a crafter or DIYer like me, you will understand how a box of inexpensive mason jars from a garage sale can be an exciting purchase! I knew immediately what I was going to make with the extra-large mason jars!
A few weeks ago, I was in Costco browsing through their Christmas section. It is hard not to buy a lot of the gorgeous décor items for sale. But I did come across boxes of three twinkle lights that were very reasonably priced. The strands were long and loaded with lots of lights. The bonus for me was they were on a timer and with one push of the button the twinkle lights turned on, stayed on for six hours and automatically turned off. They automatically turn on and off again every evening and I don’t have to go outside to turn any lights off in chilly winter temperatures in my PJ’s before I go to bed at night. I love how little technology advancements like twinkle lights can make decorating so much fun and so much easier!
Now the twinkle lights did have a bit of a problem. They came with quite a large battery pack that required three double AA batteries. The battery pack is necessary to provide the power but it is quite noticeable and obvious looking. I came up with an inexpensive simple solution that adds to the look of the Christmas Mason Jar Twinkle Light Luminaries!
Here is how to…
Make Christmas Mason Jar Twinkle Light Luminaries
- 3 extra-large mason jars
- 3-1/2 inch red glittered letter stickers for J,O,Y
- Beacon Fabric-Tac Permanent Adhesive
- 3 large mason jar rims
- 1 large mason jar lid
- 1 white foam sheet
- 3 strands battery operated with timer twinkle lights
- red decorative metallic shreds or tinsel
Apply each sticker to the smooth side of each mason jar using Beacon Fabric-Tac Permanent Adhesive. Allow to thoroughly dry.
Explanations: You might be wondering why I chose to use this type of glue to apply the stickers even though they are self-adhesive. I knew the adhesive on the back of the letter stickers was not strong enough and would not withstand the cold winter temperatures where I live. I chose this adhesive designed for fabrics because it is transparent and is not visible when it dries. It also can be washed after 24 hours so I figure it can also handle the moist temperatures outdoors.
Use a large mason jar lid to trace three circles out of the white foam sheet. Cut out each circle and place inside the large mason jar rims.
Explanations: I wanted to make the luminaries look less like mason jars. This little step gives them a different look and colour. I chose to use a foam sheet because it is inexpensive and made of plastic so it will keep out moisture.
Place the battery pack with the on button face up in the bottom of each mason jar. Cover with red decorative metallic shreds or tinsel.
Explanations: This is my simple solution for hiding the large white battery packs inside the transparent mason jars. One bag of the red metallic shreds covered the three battery packs quite nicely. I bought mine at the dollar store for $1.00!
Arrange the strand of twinkle lights in each mason jar. Screw on the rims with the white foam lids. Tie a red ribbon around the top and secure it with a little bow!
At the time you want the lights to turn on, gently put your hand in the jar and turn on the battery pack. You may have to rearrange the metallic shreds and lights a bit. Replace the lids and enjoy your Christmas Mason Jar Twinkle Light Luminaries for the Christmas season!
Final Comments: I chose to make my luminaries red but other Christmas colours like silver and gold will also look equally gorgeous!
They are also displayed outdoors on the front porch where it is covered so they will not be overly exposed to a lot of snow. If by chance, we do get some nasty winter weather like a blizzard with strong winds and severe cold temperatures I plan to bring them inside where they will look equally as gorgeous!
Your turn: What colour would you make your Christmas Mason Jar Twinkle Light Luminaries? Would you display yours indoors or outdoors?
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