This year my teenage daughter wants a more traditional theme in our house… apparently as cute as our “theme” Christmases have been, she longs for something more red and green, like when she was little. ( Come on! Our Candyland Christmas Tree was AMAZING!) I myself, was longing for lots of frosty snow, and birch log candles, and starry whites…Feelin’ me, readers? But hey, she has a point. Gotta admit, I miss that homey Christmas feel too! She sold us on the idea, so we started brainstorming some projects we could make, without having to buy an entirely new set of decorations. I ran across this cute Luminaria made for Halloween by ‘My Anything and Everything‘ and decided it would be a perfect idea, with a few Christmasey tweaks! Love the way they turned out, they will definitely be front and center for our “Vintage Home” theme this year! (Sorry, I can’t help it with the themes…)
We chose to use the word “Joy” and three mason jars, but obviously it’s up to you.
Thrilled that our DIY Luminaria is featured in the 2016 Country Sampler’s “Christmas Decorating” Magazine!
- Smooth sided mason jars (Hobby Lobby is where we got ours)
- Frosted glass spray paint
- Clear matte sealer, or glitter spray paint
- Stick on letters to spell your word
- Spray paint for the lids (optional)
- LED votive candles (Craft stores, or at Home Depot in the Xmas Section)
- Ribbon and picks for the lid
Place the letter sticker on each jar, centered as much as possible. I used a piece of painters tape along the bottom of each jar to give me a guideline of how far up to place the sticker… so they would all be the same distance from the bottom when lined up next to each other. Make sense? Rub the sticker on well so no paint leaks underneath. Remove lids and rings.
Spray paint the jars with the frosted glass paint. I did mine in three light coats, letting it dry at least 15 minutes between coats. Let dry at least one hour after last coat, then spray with clear matte sealer, or a glitter spray paint to seal. We started out thinking glitter spray, then went for the clear sealer from the same maker. Let dry overnight.
If desired, spray paint the rings and lids. I used a silver sparkle spray paint, ‘cause thats what I had. You can leave them gold if you like.
Remove the stickers. I warmed them up with a hair dryer first so they would peel off easily… I was concerned about scratching off the frosted paint if they were too hard to get off. That worked out really well.
I tied some mini ornaments onto some wire ribbon, wrapped it twice around the top of the jar, then tied it.
Add your LED votive to the bottom of the jar, with or without a little craft snow. We discovered when we used snow that it boosted the height of the candles, and we would have placed the letters a little higher on the jar if we had realized this before hand… Just FYI!
Done! I use some dollar store cooking tongs to grab the votives to pull them up for turning on and off… Seems easier then sliding them out each time, especially if you are using snow! A little tip… the words show up best against a dark background, so keep that in mind when you are placing these decorations come the holidays!
Wishing you “Joy” for your holidays!