Making Mason Jar Luminaries for Winter

  We made winter themed luminaries today.  It was simple and fun and the perfect craft for a dull, dreary, rainy. cold day!

Our supplies:

  1. Mason Jars (without the lids)
  2. School Glue
  3. Water
  4. Painbrush
  5. Salt
  6. Paper punch-- snowflake design
  7. White copy paper
  8. Ribbon
  9. Tea light candle 
  10. Optional: we used two small paper plates to catch and re-use the salt
  • First we cut out a few snowflakes using our paper punches and the white paper.  Just three or four each since our snowflakes were pretty large.  Then we decided where we wanted to place our snowflakes. 

    • Next we mixed just a bit of water into our school glue so it would spread nicely.  We started by gluing on one snowflake on the jar and filling the area around it with glue too.  While the glue was wet we sprinkled on some salt.

    spreading on the glue 

    Spreading on the glue 

    Pressing the snowflakes into the glue 

    Sprinkling on the salt 
    • We kept working our way all around the jar until all the sides had some snowflakes on them and it was filled with glue and salt.  (We did have some drips and some gaps and parts where the salt was thicker than others but the kids didn't mind and I figured that is what makes them handmade by kids!).  

    • We set them aside to dry.  Once dry we tied a ribbon around the top of the jar and put a tea light candle inside.  

      Voila!  A perfect winter luminary!

      Linking up with: Across the Boulevard, Over the Moon,


      1. They look so beautiful. It's indeed a great idea for the winter. A very creative project.
        Thanks a lot for sharing it.

      2. These are really pretty! Looks like a fun project! #SmallVictories

      3. These look lovely. I've been saving jars and they will be perfect for this craft. I'm visiting from the Crafty Link party.

        1. Yeah, I think this craft lends itself so nicely to any type of jar; as long as it's wide enough for a candle it would work.

      4. How pretty! I bet they sparkle beautifully with the candle inside. Thanks for linking up to Funtastic Friday!

        1. They do have that added bit of sparkle. Thanks for stopping by.

      5. They are really pretty, perfect for winter! Thank you for sharing at The Really Crafty Link Party. Pinned!

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        1. I like easy crafts too! Glad you enjoyed them.

      7. So simple and so unique! #fdflinkparty

      8. Thank you for sharing your wonderful post at #OverTheMoon. I look forward to what you will share next week! Do something special. Give yourself a standing ovation today! We hope you’ll come back again next Sunday when we open our doors at 6:00 PM EST. Sweep someone off their feet today!

      9. We celebrate the solstice and often make luminaries. These are beautiful! We'll give them a try this year. Thanks!


      10. I love these! They're really very beautiful. Perfect snowy day activity for when school is closed.

      11. What a great project for kids! Thank you for sharing these pretty luminaries at our Winter Holiday Link Party! I'll be featuring your post tonight on Facebook. -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

      12. I am also featuring your great post on the Holiday Link Party. Such a great project to do with kids. Merry Christmas!

      13. These are so pretty! Thanks for sharing on Farm Fresh Tuesdays!

      14. Your luminaries are beautiful, and I think they would make lovely holiday gifts as well. Thank you for sharing, and for being a part of the Hearth and Soul Link Party. I’m featuring this post at the party this week. Hope to ‘see’ you there. Hope you are having a lovely holiday season so far!

      15. Nice job, so pretty! Thanks so much for linking up with me at #AThemedLinkup 36 for Christmas Crafts and D├ęcor, open until December 17 at 12:05 am. Shared on social media.


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