It’s that most wonderful time of the year, a time of sipping hot cocoa by a warm fire, delighting in scrumptious food and exchanging gifts with those that you love most. And while we all would love to have more time to sit back to enjoy the holiday season, we unfortunately find ourselves all-to busy to even get our holiday shopping done on time!
Though December may be a hectic month, bonding time with your kids and making those sweet memories is something you should never have to miss out on. So, we’ve come up with a DIY idea that’s easy peasy to make and that you can complete in no time! We’re pretty excited about this, and hope you will be too! Our holiday painted jar luminaries will light up your homes and your hearts this holiday season and will be the hit decoration with your kids and even at your holiday party!
What’s also great about these holiday painted jar luminaries is you can make them using your recycled empty Crofter’s Organic glass jars. Your kids will be proud to see the decorations they made lighting up the house, plus it’s something they can always look back on whenever the holiday décor box comes back out for years to come.
Oh, and don’t be fooled by the “how-to” list below, it’s really that easy, and more importantly, super fun! So gather the kids, cookies and turn on the carols, to make the luminaries, here is what you will need:
Crofter’s Organic glass jars (empty)
Sticker printer paper
Decorative holiday stickers (optional/if available)
Spray paint (1 or 2 colors)
Sand or fine grain like Quinoa
Raffia or ribbon
Newspaper or drop cloth (to protect for paint overspray)
1. Clean the empty Crofter’s jar and remove labels and residue. Tip: fill the jar with hot water and let it sit for a few minutes before carefully peeling the labels off.
2. Remove remaining label residue using a scouring pad and soapy water.
3. Print letters or holiday graphics you wish to decorate onto the jar. Tip: you can freehand draw directly onto the sticker paper, or find pre-made stickers at your local craft store. For best results, we advise to use less detailed graphics.
4. Cut out the letters and/or shapes from the sticker paper.
5. Apply the stickers to the outside of the clean jar. Tip: Though stickers must be adhered to the jar well, remember that they need to be peeled off after spray painting.
6. Set up an area for spray painting in a well-ventilated space (e.g., garage, outside, etc.), and with plenty of space to move freely around the jar without having to touch the jar in the process. Tip: usage of a newspaper or drop cloth will prevent spray paint from damaging surrounding surfaces.
7. Place the jar decorated with the stickers lid side down onto drop cloth or newspaper.
8. Hold spay can approx. 5-6” away from the jar and begin covering the jar with spray paint. Tip: For the best results, and prevent the paint from running, cover the jar with multiple thin layers of paint, not one thick layer
9. Leave the jar to dry thoroughly
10. Once dry, carefully peel the stickers off of the jar. This should reveal the areas of clear glass where the light will shine through.
11. Once all the stickers are removed, pour some sand or fine grain (quinoa works well) into the jar to create a flat base for the votive candle to sit on.
12. Place a votive candle into the jar.
13. Decorate the jar with a raffia bow, or ribbon around the neck of the jar if desired.
14. Light the votive candle and enjoy!
In case you want to create an opaque to transparent gradient as you move from the top to the bottom, this is achieved by giving the whole jar a light coating of the spray paint (it should look like snow with lots of glass still showing) and then going back to spray more layers at the top of the upside down jar, and gradually not spraying as far down the jar each time.
If you want to create a two-tone effect, use a second color spray paint and use the same technique as described above, but just apply the second color to the top of the upside down jar so the base color still shows.
And while the creation of our holiday painted jar luminaries make for great family bonding, we believe it’s best to leave the spray-painting of the jars to the adults.
YOUR TURN: Do you have any fun holiday, easy DIY ideas you like getting your family involved in? We’d love to know what you think of our holiday luminary DIY project! Leave a comment and rate it, as it helps us continuously improve our DIY projects for you. We love seeing what you do with your creations so snap a photo and use the hashtag #CroftersOrganic on Instagram!
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