Mason Jar Love
Oh, the ubiquitous Mason jar, how I adore you. Scan Pinterest for mason jar projects, and you will be scrolling and pinning for hours.
Recently, I was asked to appear on a local morning show in my hometown of San Diego, and I created these Mason jar lights for a New Year’s party segment. They would be perfect lighting up any special occasion.
• Buy Mason Ball jars in the quart and pint sizes. Walmart has really good prices on the glass jars in boxes of six and twelve.
• Attach puffy stickers (from American Crafts Thickers line) in a cursive script to mimic the look of the raised Ball logo. Spell out clever phrases that play with up the word ball: “Have a Ball,” “Belle of the Ball,” or “2013 Ball.”
• Add round office file stickers in a random pattern along the bottom third of the jar. Once painted and peeled off, these round stickers will give the votive jars plenty of open “spots” for light reflection.
• Screw the lids onto each jar. Spray the glass jars one layer of gold spray paint and let dry. Unscrew the top and store away the removable round metal lid. Re-attach the round band onto the jar. The open mouth will allow for more light to radiate.
• Once dry, carefully peel off round office file stickers.
• For a candlelight glow that can last up to 48 hours, use inexpensive battery-operated LED tea lights from the Dollar Tree. Use two or more for extra glow in each jar.
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