Can you believe it’s almost Christmas? Time to start thinking about Christmas crafts!
These Christmas mason jar luminaries add a soft glow to your outdoor Christmas décor. Christmas luminaries can be used both outdoors and indoors. These DIY Christmas mason jars are super easy to make. This post will teach you how to make luminaries from mason jars. Christmas mason jar ideas are all the rage and these mason jar Christmas decorations add a nice ambiance to any décor. Frosted mason jars with Cricut snowflakes are the perfect DIY luminaries.
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Supplies Needed for Snowflake Mason Jar Luminaries
Extra Fine Glitter – Snow
Cricut Maker or other cutting machine
Glue Gun and Extra Glue Sticks
Battery Operated Tea Lights (with remote works best)
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Make the Snowflakes for Your Christmas Mason Jar Luminaries
These instructions are for the Cricut Maker and Design Space on a pc. They will need to be adjusted for your design software.
- Open the Design Space site and create a new project by pressing the New Project box.
- Click the images tool and type snowflake in the search box and press enter.
- Click the + next to “Layers” and click “Single” to get only snowflakes that are made to be cut out of a single material which is what will work best for this project.
- Select the snowflakes you want to you. Holding down the “ctrl” key and clicking an image will add it to the selection(s) you already have.
- Once you have the snowflakes you want selected. Click “Add to Canvas” to put them on your canvas to work with.
- Select a snowflake (if you loaded multiple) and click the color choice block at the top and change all of the snowflakes to the same color so they will print on one piece of vinyl. I chose a light gray color since I will be cutting them out of silver vinyl.
- If any of them come in as a “print then cut” file, they will show up as “original artwork” when you click the color button. Click the drop down arrow next to “Print Then Cut” and choose “Basic” then you will be able to chose the color as described above.
- Your snowflakes will most likely be a variety of sizes so you will want to resize them to a somewhat consistent size. I decided to go with 2” wide for each of my snowflakes. To change the size, select an individual snowflake, click within the size box at the top, and type in the dimension you want in inches (for me 2.000), and press enter. You may have to move snowflakes around as you resize them to get to some of the ones that landed underneath the others.
- Click “Make It” (the green button in the upper right corner), and then click “Continue” (the green button in the lower right corner.
- Select the appropriate material from the list. If the material you are using isn’t on your favorites list, you will probably have to click “Browse All Materials” to find the appropriate material. Once you have selected your material you can change your pressure if you’re on a Cricut Maker. I usually find that default works fine but you may have a different experience.
- Load the vinyl on your mat and click the flashing arrow on your machine to load the mat. Press the flashing “C” on your machine to cut snowflakes out of the vinyl. Unload your mat by pressing the flashing arrow on your machine.
- Remove the vinyl from the mat and separate your snowflakes by cutting them apart. Weed the decal discarding the excess vinyl and keeping only the snowflakes needed.
Prepare the Mason Jars
- Apply snowflakes to your jars as you want using transfer tape. I used 3 snowflakes per jar but you could use more or less depending on the size of your snowflakes.
- Coat each jar with Mod Podge. I avoided putting Mod Podge and glitter on the lip of the jar since that was where the ribbon would be.
- Sprinkle glitter onto your jar. Be a little stingy with the glitter as you don’t want to obliterate your snowflakes. Shake off any excess. You’ll want to do this process 1 jar at a time so the Mod Podge doesn’t dry too much before putting the glitter on.
- Cut a 24” piece of ribbon and coat it with Mod Podge to help it withstand the weather.
- Let both the jars and ribbons dry completely.
- Used your Glue Gun to secure the ribbon at the center back and on each side.
- Tie a bow in the center of the ribbon. Put a dot of glue behind the bow to hold it in place and then trim the ends as you want.
Finish Up Your Mason Jar Luminaries
- Add 1-2 inches of sand in the bottom of each jar.
- Add a tea light to each jar. I used battery operated tea lights with a remote that made turning the entire set on and off at one time easily. You could also use real candles if you wanted.
Set your luminaries up where you want them. Light your candles and enjoy
I love how these turned out! These luminaries can be used outdoors to light walkways or special areas. They could also be used indoors as part of a mantle display or a centerpiece. Be creative!
Still looking for more outdoor Christmas lights ideas. Check out these posts from my friends.
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