There are so many great Christmas crafting ideas out there. This year, I wanted to try my hand at several of them. Some of them were easy, like the clothespin snowflakes, while others seemed quite complicated. After looking over several options, I decided to try doing some mason jar Christmas decorations. This craft looked fairly easy and didn’t take too many materials to make.
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What you will need
- Mason jars – either pint or quart size
- Painters tape
- Craft paint and paint brushes
- X-ACTO Knife
- Battery Operated Tea Lights or Fairy Lights
- Epsom Salt
- Bells (optional)
How to create a mason jar Christmas decoration
Once you have gathered all of your materials, the first step is to choose the design you will be placing on the jar. It is best to go with a simple design such as a tree. Print or draw your design on paper, ensuring it will fit on the side of the jar. Carefully cut this out.
On a piece of cardboard, place a few strips of painters tape, making sure they are thoroughly overlapped. Place the cut out of your image on top of the tape and trace it with a marker. Using an Exacto knife, carefully cut out the shape.
Place the cutout tape on your jar, centering it on one of the flat sides.
Now, paint the entire jar with the color of your choice. Since I went with a tree for my design, I decided to use green paint. However, you can use any color you wish. Even multiple colors are possible.
Once the paint is dry, peel off the tape. You want to do this carefully so as to make sure the edges of the paint remain smooth around the design. If the paint does get messy when the tape is removed, you can always touch it up. Should you find excess paint where the tape has been, carefully use the blade of the Exacto knife to scrape it off – I had to do this with mine.
Put a layer of Epsom salt in the bottom of the jar. You don’t want this too deep, just enough to lift up the candle a bit. Now place your battery operated tea light inside. You can also use a string of fairy lights. You can add a ribbon or bell to the rim of the mason jar for an added festive touch if you want.
Now that you have your jar done, play around with other designs and paint colors to create several unique decorations for your home.
Have you made a Christmas craft this year?