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Last Updated on May 7, 2021 by Katherine

Mason jar luminaries are a great inexpensive way to jazz up your home decor. You can paint, mod podge (Check out How to Make A Wonderful Mason Jar Candle Holder In 5 Easy Steps for example) or glue and glitter. 

This post specifically talks about four cleverly amazing luminary crafts that you can make for your home or even for a thoughtful gift for someone. These ideas are super beginner and budget friendly as well.

Ready? Let’s get started!

Fall Stencil

If you aren’t keen on fall colors or shapes, you can pick any shape your heart desires. At the time I was feeling a bit “autumny” so I chose a leaf stencil.

To complete this craft, you just need a mason jar, craft paint, brush and a stencil!

All you need is a stencil, a jar and some craft paint.

My leaf jar is all done and ready for showing!

I recommend using a sheet of adhesive vinyl to create your stencil, if you can’t find that, cardboard will do. Simply stick your stencil on your jar and paint the outside. Once it’s dry, remove the stencil and boom, lovely fall themed jar ready to go!

Spooky Jars

All you need is a mason jar and some children's tights.

If you’re looking for something a little more spooky than fallen leaves, I suggest grabbing a pair of children’s size Halloween tights and a mason jar. The size is important as it fits better on the jar than an adult sized pair of tights.

You'll simply need to cut the pantyhose down so it wraps nicely in the jar.

Simply cut the tights to size and wrap your jar around them. You can either use the lid to secure them to the jar or use glue. For an extra punch, wrap a spooky bit of ribbon around the edge of the jar lid.

The light is a little hard to see, next time I'll take a night picture with it!

Frosted Sayings

All you need to get started is some frosted spray paint, mason jars and letter stencils

A different take on the stencil craft from above, you’ll need multiple jars. I picked a simple saying of “HOPE”, but you can pick whichever one you’d like. Each jar will form one letter.

I used painter's tape to stencil my letters!

Like the stencil, you can either use painter’s tape or a vinyl sticker for your letters. Once you’ve got that on the jar, you simply take some frosted glass spray and spray those jars down. Once the spray is dry (check the bottle for instructions), simply remove your tape or stickers.

These make beautiful luminaries!

You can then decorate your jar lids however you like.

Snowy Escape

Everything you need to make your very own snowy jar!

I love the ingenuity of this idea. Instead of paint, you take glue (I used tacky glue which worked perfectly), some Epsom salts and glitter. Paint the glue on your jar and then stick the salts and glitter mixture onto it. Instant snow covered jar! You can then decorate the lid with some festive berries or Christmas themed ribbon.

I used a paint brush to spread the glue over the jar and then dropped the epsom glitter mix over top.

The result is a lovely snowy jar, and I love the look!

Once the glue is dried, I recommend a sealer and then dress with a lovely wintery bow!

Inspired by DIY Snowy Mason Jars on A Pumpkin and a Princess.

Mason Jar Luminaries Are Easy to Make

There are vast amounts of different crafts using mason jars out there on the world wide web. I’ve shared with you my four favorite luminary crafts, and I hope you’re suitably inspired. You can make these crafts in under 30 minutes. They are all quite affordable as well, around $10 per project. I found my supplies at my local Wal-mart or the dollar store.

I hope this article has inspired you to go out and create some fantastic mason jar luminaries! Please share this post on social media and pin it to Pinterest! Spread the word!

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