How to Make Mason Jar Christmas Lights

    CRAFTS CLASSES
    TO INSPIRE CREATIVITY
    by Cyndee Kromminga

    About the Author

    Based in the Midwest, Cyndee Kromminga has been writing craft and interior design articles for 15 years. Her articles and craft designs have appeared in Crafting Traditions Magazine, Easy Holiday Crafting Series-House of White Birches Newsletter and Country Woman Christmas Books. Kromminga's education is in interior design and she has experience operating a craft and design business for more than 20 years.

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    Add a touch of rustic country charm to your Christmas decorations this holiday season by making Mason jar Christmas lights. Use jars recycled from the previous season's harvest to make this craft even more economical. Mason jar lights are simple to assemble and easily shared with children. Make several as holiday gifts for family and friends, and as appreciation gifts for those special school teachers, bus drivers and babysitters.

    Things You'll Need

    • 35-count miniature electric Christmas lights, white or multi-colored
    • 1-qt. Mason jar
    • 8-inch, round, crocheted doily
    • Rubber band
    • Homespun fabric strip
    • Scissors
    • Small artificial pine branch floral pick
    • Wire cutters
    • Low-temperature hot-glue gun
    • Low-temperature hot-glue stick
    • Miniature pinecone

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    Bunch up a 35-count string of miniature electric Christmas lights in a tangle, allowing the plug to hang loose. Insert the lights in a quart-size Mason jar with the plug and excess cord hanging over the edge.

    Place an 8-inch, round, crocheted doily over the mouth of the canning jar, centering it so the edges hang evenly on all sides. Secure the doily around the rim with a rubber band.

    Rip a strip of homespun fabric measuring 1 inch wide by 18 inches long. Wrap the fabric strip around the rim, covering the rubber band. Tie the strip in a bow and trim the ends.

    Cut two pine branches, each 3-inches long, from the pine branch floral pick using wire cutters. Apply hot glue to one end of each cut branch and insert the ends under the center knot of the bow. Apply hot glue to a miniature pinecone and place it over the knot of the bow. Hold the pinecone in place until the glue has cooled.

    Plug in the Christmas lights and enjoy the soft glow on your mantel or table.