I’ve been loving these Ball quilted mason jelly jars lately, so I decided to turn some into festive votive holders for Christmas. Or luminarias for the fancy folk.
There’s just something about the ridginess (totally made up word) of the jars that make them extra fun and perfect for painting.
Now I got so into making these that I didn’t take step by step photos, but they’re easy and you’re smart so I’m sure you can just follow the instructions and manage just fine.
- Ball quilted mason jelly jars
- White paint (chalk paint works well, but isn’t mandatory)
- Cheap paint brush
- Buffalo snow (comes in a bag at the craft store, no need to drive to Buffalo to get it)
- Fancy mason jar lid inserts
- Battery operated tea lights
- Ribbon, washi tape or tinsel garland for embellishment
Step 1 – Paint the outside of the quilted jar with the white paint. I used Americana Decor’s Chalky Finish Paint in their Lace color.
Step 2 – When it’s dry either use a piece of sand paper or a piece of wet paper towel to knock off the paint from the ridges. You want this to look rustic and non-perfect, so throw caution to the wind and just go for it.
Step 3 – Put a 1/2″-1″ layer of snow in the bottom of the jar.
Step 4 – Add tea light. If you buy the tea lights with the remote controls, you win a prize for thinking ahead.
Step 5 – Screw your lid on.
Step 5.5 – Embellish the rim with ribbon, washi tape or tinsel garland. Oh, I just thought you could use baker’s twine also!!!
I found some snowflake mason jar lid inserts at JoAnn’s much earlier in the season.
They are super cute, but if you can’t find them you can use the daisy ones used for drinking straws or the flower frog ones.
Please DO NOT put real tea lights in these. You may set the snow on fire and the metal lids will get really hot and next thing you know you’ll pick up the jar and have a snowflake permanently branded onto your hand.
Could be cute in December. Not a good look in June!
I was trying to be all artsy with this last photo of the luminarias reflecting in the mirror. Not sure I nailed it.
You know if you would have told me five years ago that I would get all excited about painting mason jars, I would have told you to lay off the booze. You live, you learn, you start painting anything that doesn’t move.