Happy Monday, everyone! I hope you had a great weekend. I don’t know where ours went…it flew by, and I’m sorry to say, I didn’t get a whole lot done. But I do have these beauties to share with you today, and I love, love, LOVE the way they turned out. I have plans to use them on our mantel at Christmastime, but I refuse to decorate until after Thanksgiving, so you’ll just have to view them like this for now. This Christmas craft is super easy, super cheap, and it even upcycles glass jars, so I guess it’s green, too.
My inspiration for this craft originally came from these made by Tortoise and the Hare.
Since then, I’ve seen similar jars elsewhere around the web, like here, here, and here:
Here’s how I made mine:
Christmas Tree Jars & Snow-Encrusted Luminaries
Nap Rating = 1 nap
Tools & Materials
- Glass food jars with labels removed
- Goo Gone or fingernail polish remover (if necessary to remove labels)
- Epsom salt
- Bottle brush trees (I got mine at the Dollar Store and there were 2 in each pack)
- Spray adhesive
- Spray sealant
- LED or traditional tea lights
- Wash out glass jars as you use up what’s in them (I collected mine all year), and soak them in warm water to make removing the labels easier. If necessary, use some Goo Gone or fingernail polish remover to remove any remaining residue.
- For the tree jars, simply pour in some Epsom salts, place the bottle brush trees in the “snow” and you’re done.
- For the luminaries, spread out some newspaper on your workspace and pour a generous amount of Epsom salts on the paper.
- Spray the jar with adhesive and immediately roll it in the “snow.” I found that I had to use my hands a little to pour and pat the salts on so I could achieve an encrusted look.
- Shake off excess, then dump remaining salts from newspaper. Place jars back on the paper and spray them with clear spray sealant.
- Place a tea light in each luminary jar.
I can’t wait to see how these look on our mantel. I’m getting kinda sick of our fall stuff now, but I’m holding off on principle. When do you decorate for Christmas?
Linking up at my regular places, as well as: