How to make Mason Jar Christmas lights

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How to make Mason Jar Christmas lights
Make a scented potpourri jar for the holidays. (Getty Thinkstock)

Add a touch of rustic country charm to your Christmas decorations by making Mason jar Christmas lights. The jars can be recycled Mason jars from the previous harvest, making this craft economical. These whimsical jar lights heat the potpourri, emitting the pleasant aroma of the holidays. They are quick to make and are an easy project you can share with your children. Make several as holiday gifts for family and friends, or as appreciation gifts for school teachers.

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Things you need

  • 35-count miniature electric Christmas lights
  • 1-qt. Mason jar
  • 380 gram package of potpourri
  • 20 cm (8-inch), round, crocheted doily
  • Rubber band
  • Homespun fabric, small amount
  • Scissors
  • Small artificial pine branch floral pick
  • Wire cutters
  • Hot glue gun
  • Glue stick
  • Miniature pinecone

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  1. 1

    Bunch up a 35-count string of miniature electric Christmas lights in a tangle, allowing the plug to hang loose. Insert the lights in a quart-size Mason jar with the plug and excess cord hanging over the edge.

  2. 2

    Fill the Mason jar with the scented potpourri. Shake the jar to settle the potpourri around the lights and the wires. The lights and wires will still be visible. (Note: All of the potpourri will not fit in the jar.)

  3. 3

    Place an 20 cm (8-inch), round, crocheted doily over the mouth of the canning jar, centring it so the edges hang evenly on all sides. Secure the doily around the rim with a rubber band.

  4. 4

    Rip a strip of homespun fabric measuring 2.5 cm (1 inch) wide by 45 cm (18 inches) long. Wrap the fabric strip around the rim, covering the rubber band. Tie the strip in a bow and trim the ends.

  5. 5

    Cut two pine branches, each 7.5 cm (3 inches) long, from the small artificial pine branch floral pick using wire cutters. Apply hot glue to one end of each cut branch and insert the ends under the centre knot of the bow. Apply hot glue to a miniature pinecone and place it over the knot of the bow. Hold the pinecone in place until the glue has cooled.

  6. 6

    Plug in the Christmas lights. The lights will warm the potpourri, emitting the fragrance through the doily.

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