Whimsical Christmas Mason Jars
It was one of those Saturdays. I spent all day on my feet, mailing dishes bought from my eBay store, cleaning the Airbnb across the street, and cooking. By 7 0’ clock my legs were really hurting. After taking a hot bath and leisurely leafing through a cottage magazine for a while, I was recharged. Making a few whimsical Christmas mason jars seemed like a great way to relax and unwind.
I’d been wanting to try a crafty repurposing project. Mason jars are favorites of mine because they’re made of quality materials, inexpensive, and oh so versatile. I wanted to make something fun, and a little bit different from other things I’d seen, although as a crafter I know King Solomon was correct when he said there’s nothing new under the sun.
Rustic Whimsy Christmas Mason Jar
This first jar is definitely whimsical, and slightly rustic. The kindergarten teacher in me definitely reemerged when I was making it. You could always leave off the pom poms and add a plaid bow to make it more rustic (and less fun). For materials I used:
a pint-sized Mason jar
Christmas cookie cutters
high-temp hot glue gun, and glue sticks
ink pen (not pictured)
sharpie marker (not pictured)
Use Christmas cookie cutters to trace 3 shapes onto cardboard. I used a gingerbread man, a Christmas tree, and a star cookie cutter. First I traced the shapes with a pen, then outlined them with a Sharpie marker, and cut them out with scissors.
Wrap the cardboard shapes with the twine. My twine has a sticky residue on it, which makes it easier to adhere to things. You could use any type of jute or natural-colored twine or string. If you don’t have sticky twine, leave a long end hanging when you begin, then tie the end pieces in a knot when you finish wrapping.
Plug in the hot glue gun, and let it get nice and hot. Mine is a high-temperature version from Michael’s Craft Store. Glue the pom poms (or other embellishments) onto the twine-wrapped shapes. Hot glue the shapes onto your jar. I just eye-balled mine for proper placement. Be careful, and don’t burn your fingers!
First I poured vintage buttons in the bottom (about 2 inches high). Then I filled the rest of the jar with Buffalo Snow.
Screw on the lid, then wrap it with twine. Tie it off, if needed. Tie the natural ribbon into a bow, and trim the ends. Then put a dab of hot glue in the middle of the lid and place your bow. Voila! You’re finished with jar #1.
Snow Greenery Christmas Mason Jar
This was my first time using epsom-salts to make snow. I read about this method on the Jessi Living Lovely Blog. You can read that post here. I usually make my snow with paint, glue, and baking soda. I like both kinds, but the epsom salt snow definitely looks more like ice crystals than the baking soda version. It is also messier (and feels crunchy on the kitchen floor).
I planted two holly bushes in our yard a few years ago, for a convenient supply of winter greenery. I was excited to use my very own holly, along with a few frasier fir sprigs, and leftover cranberries I froze after Thanksgiving (cranberries keep nicely when frozen).
For materials I used:
a pint-sized mason jar
green food coloring
a 1” sponge brush
red metallic yarn
a small measuring cup
Fill the jar with water, and add the desired amount of food coloring. Add greenery and cranberries.
Screw the lid on, then “paint” it with glue using the sponge brush. Now for the best part! I turned my jar to the side and used the small measuring cup to pour the Epsom salt onto the glue. Wipe off any glue or salt that gets on the glass part of the jar.
Wrap the yarn around and around the jar, just under the lid. I tied a cute little side-bow, then trimmed the ends. Watch out, the lid is still wet and will need to dry and harden overnight.
Your Whimsical Christmas Mason jars are finished! I plan to use mine with different holiday tablescapes. They will be perfect for our Christmas Eve kid’s table. When they aren’t serving as table decor, I’ll put them on my kitchen windowsill, to give me something to smile about while washing the dirty dishes.
Read about my DIY Silver Plaid Christmas Wreath with Flocked Pinecones and Pom Poms here.
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