White Christmas Mason Jar Luminaries

$10
1 Hour
Easy

Super easy, pretty (and cheap!) mason jar luminaries for Christmas. I used stencils, glass paint, Mod Podge & salt to make these in under an hour. :)
white christmas mason jar luminaries, christmas decorations, crafts, decoupage, electrical, lighting, mason jars, seasonal holiday decor, These mason jar luminaries are so easy You probably have almost all the supplies on hand to make these already too
These mason jar luminaries are so easy! You probably have almost all the supplies on hand to make these already, too!
white christmas mason jar luminaries, christmas decorations, crafts, decoupage, electrical, lighting, mason jars, seasonal holiday decor, You ll need mason jars Mod Podge silver glass paint foam brushes stencils tea lights ribbon salt
You'll need mason jars, Mod Podge, silver glass paint, foam brushes, stencils, tea lights, ribbon & salt.
white christmas mason jar luminaries, christmas decorations, crafts, decoupage, electrical, lighting, mason jars, seasonal holiday decor, This step is totally optional but the snowflakes do add a pretty touch I used some Martha Stewart glass paint snowflake stencils to stencil my jars
This step is totally optional but the snowflakes do add a pretty touch. :) I used some Martha Stewart glass paint snowflake stencils to stencil my jars.
white christmas mason jar luminaries, christmas decorations, crafts, decoupage, electrical, lighting, mason jars, seasonal holiday decor, After the paint dried I coated my mason jar with Mod Podge Then I just sprinkled salt on my jar
After the paint dried, I coated my mason jar with Mod Podge. Then I just sprinkled salt on my jar.
white christmas mason jar luminaries, christmas decorations, crafts, decoupage, electrical, lighting, mason jars, seasonal holiday decor, The salt sticks right to the Mod Podge and it looks so pretty
The salt sticks right to the Mod Podge, and it looks so pretty!
white christmas mason jar luminaries, christmas decorations, crafts, decoupage, electrical, lighting, mason jars, seasonal holiday decor, I love how they turned out
I love how they turned out!
white christmas mason jar luminaries, christmas decorations, crafts, decoupage, electrical, lighting, mason jars, seasonal holiday decor, They would make a great centerpiece on a holiday table or even decoration for a winter wedding
They would make a great centerpiece on a holiday table or even decoration for a winter wedding.
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  • Sandi Baca Baskin
    on Nov 5, 2015

    Is that $10 per jar?

    • Dana Corby
      on Nov 23, 2015

      @Sandi Baca Baskin I'm not the OP but as a crafter (and former crafts-supplies seller) I can confidently tell you that she's talking about the cost of doing several jars, at least. $10 is on the low side but not by much. A small jar of Mod-Podge would cover about a dozen jars for about $4, the salt, $1 - $2, and the paint, $2. The ribbon might be a bit expensive unless you got it at the dollar store. (Have you seen the price of ribbon lately? Sheesh!) But I don't think the stencil could be included in that $10 -- maybe she already had it on hand. If it's a bit pricey there's no reason you couldn't use the pictures here as a guide and do the snowflakes freehand -- if they came out a little ragged you could use raffia instead of ribbon for the bows and call it Rustic. ;)

  • Anne Alexander
    on Nov 11, 2015

    I thought this would be a really neat idea and really cheap... I have the supplies on hand but looking for the stencils...where did you purchase them...?

    • Tonya Yoder Adams
      on Nov 14, 2015

      @Anne Alexander If you have a Michael's near you, they have them. Otherwise you may want to just call in and check various craft stores near you to see if they have the Martha Stewart glass paint stencils. Good luck!

  • Anne Alexander
    on Nov 11, 2015

    Where did you purchase the snowflake stencil? love the luminaries....

  • Cindy jones
    on Nov 20, 2015

    what kind of stencil do you use for the snowflake

  • Lynne
    on Nov 23, 2015

    my salt does not stay on, just goes patchy any help please

    • Nan
      on Nov 23, 2015

      @Lynne Your glass must be totally clean without any fingerprint oils left on it. Where you have left oils on the glass, nothing will stick to it. I use rubber gloves, wipe the glass completely with alcohol on a cotton swab, allow to dry and then start with the glue and salt. Hope this helps!!

  • RUTH M
    on Nov 23, 2015

    Would Epsom Salts work as well??

    • Charlie Malone
      on Nov 24, 2015

      @RUTH M For anyone using the Epsom salts, there is a HUGE Health risk as it is Extremely dangerous to anyone with Diabetes. It can actually kill a diabetic. Even the dust is highly dangerous. My Grandmother had a very good friend that used Epsom salts and it killed her. Her friend was a diabetic as well. When my Gramma asked her doctor about it he said yes it could kill her. My Grandfather got rid of the box she had immediately. Every person in my family that has had Diabetes asked their doctors and I even asked my sons doctors and they all confirmed it is dangerous to people with Diabetes. You can buy white sand at almost any major crafting store which would work for anyone that should NOT be around Epsom salts.

    • Theresa
      on Dec 6, 2015

      Yes works well :)

    • Kimberley Mouser
      on Oct 31, 2016

      Epson salt is extremely toxic to cats ( We all know that kittens and cats get into everything) all it takes is for your kitt/cat to rub againts it thereby getting it on there fur then they clean them selfs enabling the epson salt to enter there bloodstream it will shut down there kidneys (within a few hours ) within 24 to 48 hours the rest of their organs fail. This is a very cruel and painful way for your pet to suffer and endure until death. SO PLEASE THINK ABOUT ANY ANIMALS YOU HAVE when getting crafty

  • Bre2055725
    on Dec 25, 2015

    does the salt stay on .... is it possible to put the salt on the inside

  • Sara
    on Dec 26, 2015

    Is the Modge Podge on the inside or outside of the bottle? And if it is on the inside, what happens to the salt? (translated from Spanish)visesta manualidaad varias veces en otras paginas, pero nadie explica si el modge va por dentro o fuera del frasco, si va por interior que sucede con la sal?' Help please

  • Martha Hinkle
    on Dec 26, 2015

    These are so pretty!! I'm just wondering how long the salt will stick to the jar; it seems like it would flake off after handling and/or packing away for next Christmas. Is this something you would have to reapply every year?

    • Debbie Messmer
      on Nov 6, 2016

      The general consensus is if you top coat with Mod Podge or a clear sealant, they will likely last several years if handled and packed with care.

  • Helen Cannon
    on Dec 26, 2015

    Can. You. Color your salt?

  • Judy L. Hays
    on Dec 27, 2015

    On a scale of 1 to 5, 1 being the least difficult, what would you rate this project? Thank you!

  • Martha Hinkle
    on Dec 27, 2015

    These mason jar candles are so pretty!! I'm just wondering how long the salt will stick to the jar; it seems like it would flake off after handling and/or packing away for next Christmas. Is this something you would have to reapply every year?

  • Mary sams
    on Feb 10, 2016

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  • Jerome
    on Jul 21, 2016

    Car you add food color to Modge Podge to have different colored jars?

    • Geri Ann
      on Sep 2, 2016

      I would add it to the salt.

    • Christi Littlefield
      on Sep 16, 2016

      Yes you can add it to the Mod Podge, that way your salt will remain clear crystal that way for the frosty effect.

  • Barbara Jacoboni
    on Sep 6, 2016

    Do the stencils go on the inside of the jar or outside?

  • Marianne Bailey
    on Sep 14, 2016

    does the salt melt when the candle is hot? I used epsom salts and the salt melted off the glass jars

    • Keegan Cochran
      on Sep 15, 2016

      You can use battery operated tea lights instead of real ones.

    • Marianne Bailey
      on Sep 15, 2016

      maybe it was the moisture in the room. I was using the low heat led lights. it seemed like the jars never dried.. not sure. thanks for your answer

    • Becky Charbonneau
      on Sep 18, 2016

      Epsom salt is not actual salt. It contains no sodium and you can't eat it. That could be why it melted. I don't know for sure though. Edit: I looked into it more and couldn't find examples of it melting, but I did find that when the salt is exposed to air it will turn white, so these are "temporary" crafts. ???

    • Linda
      on Oct 3, 2016

      I've used diamond dust glitter 2 years ago and mine still look great

    • Linda
      on Nov 2, 2016

      This is Kosher salt--it's like coarse table salt. I'm not sure if Epsom salts would work.

  • Stacy Humphrey
    on Oct 3, 2016

    2 things...One, EVERY SINGLE TIME Ive tried to paint glass, it just smears around the glass. Yes....i DO use multi-surface paint and YES it says for glass on the bottme. Still...slides all around and neber sticks. Any hints? Okay, and 2...did you put salt all over the jar, or just around the top rim? Thank you!!!!

    • Sherri
      on Oct 17, 2016

      You can clean jars with alcohol first. And or you can put a clear finish on jar first and let dry before you use color.

  • Elizabeth
    on Oct 26, 2016

    Where to you get the Martha Stewart snowflake stencil.

    • Toni
      on Oct 30, 2016

      Amazon has a full inventory of snowflake stencils.

  • Dl.5660408
    on Oct 30, 2016

    Love the look. Do you seal the jars with anything ?

    • Gail Morey
      on Oct 31, 2016

      Rust Oleum makes a 2X clear gloss glaze and a triple thick glaze that makes things look like glass. Used the triple thick on some decoupage tiles I did. It's fantastic!

    • Dl.5660408
      on Oct 31, 2016

      Thanks! I'm going to try it

  • Sca12263547
    on Oct 30, 2016

    Does the salt and Modge Podge go on the outside?

  • Donna Ellis-Jones
    on Oct 30, 2016

    What is MOD PODGE and where do u buy it please

  • Kwe13567432
    on Oct 31, 2016

    Can you still write on the outside of the jar with the salt and mod podge

  • Heather
    on Nov 1, 2016

    I live in Canada, where can I purchase the snowflake stencils. Thanks.

    • Stephanie Parker
      on Nov 1, 2016

      Any craft store should have them

    • Wendy
      on Nov 2, 2016

      Michaels carries Martha Stewart stencils. 😊

    • Kim
      on Nov 7, 2016

      Thank-you Wendy, love these....easy & so pretty! YAY my City in Ontario has a Michaels!!!

  • Sandra Johnson
    on Nov 1, 2016

    How do u get the stencil on

    • Marybeth Masker
      on Dec 14, 2016

      Tape around edges of stencil with painter's tape. Be sure tape doesn't cover any of the stencil's holes.

  • Gwen Kaufman Stone Gentry
    on Nov 3, 2016

    What is the difference between regular glue and Mod Podge?

  • Spu12559974
    on Dec 2, 2016

    There are so many different kinds of Mod Podge. Which kind do I use?

  • Linda
    on Mar 11, 2017

    am curious can the jar be washed and cleaned at all?

    • Judy D. Janes
      on Oct 8, 2017

      After the project? Probably not unless you want to remove all of the paint, salt and glue.
  • Pam Arnold
    on Sep 14, 2017

    Simply elegant. Does the stencil show through the salt ok or only when the candle is on?

  • Ann Beck
    on Nov 18, 2017

    I’m just trying to save this and can’t Figure it out. Help?!
    • Anjelah
      on Nov 21, 2017

      click on the heart at the bottom f the post that states “I wanna try this” and it saves it to ur favorites
    • Jze24421710
      on Dec 11, 2017

      Is the snowflake stencil on the inside of jar or outside????
  • Jze24421710
    on Dec 11, 2017

    Love the look, but is stencil on inside or outside of jar????
    • Img8799216
      on Dec 18, 2017

      Undoubtedly outside since she used glass paint. The Mod Podge will not affect it (glass paint) once the paint dries.
  • Bjc10511997
    on Dec 16, 2017

    What keeps the salt from covering up the stencil?
    • Jan Donaldson
      on Dec 19, 2017

      Probably the fact that it's just a fine dusting, making it translucent
    • Diane
      on Feb 16, 2019

      The salt is on the inside of the Mason jar not on the outside where she painted on the stencil.

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  • Karen Meindl Mason
    on Dec 24, 2016

    Love this! I will definitely save for next Christmas for teachers presents. But not sure about the salt... will it stain furniture or hold up to being stored in a hot attic all summer when decorations are put away? What about using that fake snow?

  • Lisarae
    on Jul 7, 2017

    yes i am going to do wit dollar tree stickers in a christmas theme and mod podge over then salt or colored san or salt, spray dealer and a tea light. thanks for the inspiration
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