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How to make Christmas luminaries with mason jars

How To Make Christmas Luminaries With Mason Jars

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Hands up if you want to learn how to make Christmas luminaries with mason jars? Fab, you’ve come to the right place!

Like most of you, Scott and I have always been big fans of twinkling lights and powdery snow – especially at Christmas. 

We’ve been saving all kinds of food jars this year, such as jam jars and pots of Nutella (other chocolate spread brands are available!), so we could make a whole set of DIY Christmas luminaries.

How to make Christmas luminaries with mason jars

And now we’re here to show you how to make your very own Christmas luminaries with mason jars (or any other kind of empty food jar like we did).

Are you ready for some snowy Christmas feels? Great, let’s dive in…

How To Make DIY Christmas Luminaries

How To Make Christmas Luminaries With Mason Jars


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Step 1:

Start by cleaning out your jars (if you haven’t already) and dry them thoroughly.

Top Tip: Soak your jars in warm soapy water to help you remove any old food labels.

Step 2:

Paint your glue evenly all over the outside of your first jar.

Step 3:

Sprinkle your artificial snow all over the glued area, topping up any empty bits as you go along.

Top Tip: You could also add some glitter to your snow to give it a little bit of extra sparkle if you want to.

If you don’t have any artificial snow to hand (or can’t find any in the shops) then you could also try salt or sugar. This will give your luminaries more of a frosted glass look. 

Here’s how one of ours came out when we used sugar:

DIY Mason Jar Christmas Luminary made with sugar

Just note that this is our first time making mason jar luminaries with sugar, so we’re not sure how well this one will last into next year. We’ll update you as soon as we have a better idea of that!

We’ve also seen these snowy DIY Christmas luminaries made from Epsom salt, so you could also try that instead if you prefer.

Step 4:

Wrap some twine or ribbon around the top of your jar and knot it into place. But don’t tie your bow just yet!

Step 5:

Slip your winter berries or greenery through the twine so that it’s loosely held in place.

Close up of trimmings on DIY Christmas luminaries

Step 6:

Tie your twine in a bow to secure everything neatly. Trim the ends of your bow so the ends are the same length.

Note: You might also need to do a little bit of fiddling to hide the stem of your greenery. You could also trim it if you prefer.

Step 7:

Pop your flameless candle into the jar and you’re done!

Close up of large mason jar Christmas luminary

Top Tip: If your jars are too narrow for you to put your hand all the way in (such as if you’re using a jam jar or a tall narrow jar) then you can use kitchen tongs to get your candle in and out of the jar when needed. You could also hold the bottom of the jar (without touching the fake snow) and tilt it to get the candle in and out.

Using tongs to put the flameless candle inside tall jars

Don’t they look so pretty and festive? Just like our pom pom snowman Christmas ornament, they’re definitely going to make our house feel all warm and glowy this year!

Close up of small mason jar Christmas luminary

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If you like these snowy Christmas luminaries, then take a look at our other Christmas crafts:

We hope you enjoy making this pretty Christmas luminaries!

If you make anything inspired by this tutorial then I’d love to see it, so tag me on Instagram @houseofmahalo!

Do you want to make your own mason jar luminaries for Christmas? Pin this tutorial now, make them later!

How To Make Christmas Luminaries With Mason Jars
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