Create decorative Christmas lights from inverted mason jars and small strands of twinkle lights. Select battery or solar-powered twinkle lights or drill holes for the electrical cord in the top of the mason jar. Place the jar lights around your deck, patio, garden or front porch to add a whimsical touch to your holiday decor.
Painted mason jar lights
Paint a decorative Christmas scene or image on the outside of a mason jar with glass or stained-glass paints. If you are not comfortable painting freehand, use templates or stencils to create the Christmas design. Cutout images from a seasonal colouring book or from online graphics and trace the outline onto the inverted mason jar. Fill in the Santa, snowflakes, ornaments or other holiday designs with painted colour. Fill the jar with holiday lights to illuminate the painted designs.
Beaded mason jar lights
Glue flat-backed glass cabochons in holiday colours onto the outside of the mason jar with jeweller's glue. Cover the mason jar or randomly place the beads as if you were decorating an ornament. If you plan to randomly place the beads, paint the mason jar with a background colour using glass paint. The lights will glow inside the beaded jar and shine through a painted, beaded mason jar.
Mosaic mason jar lights
Create holiday mosaic mason jar lights with tissue paper and clear craft glue. Tear a variety of holiday coloured tissue paper into small bits. Glue the bits to the outside of the mason jar so that the edges meet. Cover the mason jar completely with the tissue paper. The lights will shine through the colourful paper to create a decorative holiday mosaic. Spray a coat of exterior polyurethane or cover the jar with a layer of découpage glue if you plan to use the lights outside.
Decoupaged mason jar lights
Decorate the outside of a mason jar with images cut from old Christmas cards to make themed holiday lights. Paint the mason jar with glass paint as a background for the images. Cut out scenes or single images from the old cards. Spread a thin layer of découpage glue onto the mason jar where you plan to place the image. Press the image into the glue, then spread more glue over the top. Découpage glue dries clear. The twinkle lights will shine through the painted part of the jar and highlight the Christmas cutout.
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