How to Make a Glitter Christmas Jar

A glitter Christmas jar adds light and a festive feel to any room.

Last week, I was invited by House of Fraser to take part in their crafts session with London Craft Club. It took place in their Victoria store which had a lovely chic cafe called the Tea Terrace where we had a delightful afternoon tea after our hard work with glue, and in my case – glitter!

Read on to find out how I made my festive jar, step by step.

You Will Need:

  • A clear jar
  • Snowflake string light* – House of Fraser
  • 3 x AA batteries
  • Pine cones
  • Sisal
  • Snowflake cutter and white paper (alternative: ribbon)
  • PVA glue & adhesive spots
  • Paint brush, pen/pencil and scissors
  • A topper (I used a hummingbird & pine cone)

Step One – Decorate the Jar

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The decorations on your jar, such as the paper and glitter, create a lovely layer that lets lots of pretty light through and also adds a festive look.

First, take your jar and using a small brush, PVA the sections that you’d like to add your glitter to. I added two thick stripes at the bottom of my jar as well as the top of my lid. I recommend that you have a ‘designated glitter area’ so that it’s not too messy when you start sprinkling the glitter onto your PVA at home. Tip: PVA and sprinkle glitter in small sections at a time so that the glue doesn’t dry by the tip you get to it.  

In between the glitter I added cute strips of white paper with cut-out snowflakes. I also used PVA to stick this on and then used a smaller glitter for the snowflakes before the glue dried.

WARNING: Glitter gets everywhere… but, it is LOTS of fun for adults, as well as children 😉

Step Two – Stuffing the Jar

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Whilst your glue and decorations dry, put your 3 batteries into the cute snowflake fairy lights before inserting it into the jar. I covered my battery pack with white paper to create the illusion that it’s not there and placed it at the very bottom so that it’s hidden. Then, carefully add the sisal (or other stuffing such as cotton wool), pine cones, paper cut outs of snowflakes and anything else you might want inside of your jar with your lights. As you add this be sure to add your fairy lights bit by bit in a spiral motion so that the light is spread out evenly inside, no matter what angle you look at the jar.

Tip: leave enough fairy lights to wrap around your topper when you shut the lid of your jar.

Step Three – Choose a Jar Topper

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I really liked the hummingbird but I was stumped with how to include it on top of my jar… so I came up with this idea where I lent the bird on a pine cone. I used adhesive spots by squishing them together and making a goo and then adding them to the bottom of the pine cone and bird tail to keep them in place.

To finish off, I wrapped the 3 remaining lights snaking out from the inside to the top, around the topper I’ve created. This held it in place firmly…and Voila! It’s time to decorate your room with it by putting your lovely new xmas decoration on a shelf or window sill.

So, apart from walking away with A LOT of glitter on me after the HoF event, I also had a lovely festive jar to decorate my home this Christmas. It is now by my bedroom window, adding a festive feel to the interior and sparkling away 🙂

Are you into your Christmas crafts? If so, what are you making this year? 

Writer / Blogger on The Fairytale Pretty Picture. Currently working in the head office of a large retail company in London, UK and living in Essex.

16 Comments

  • December 5, 2016

    Little B & Me

    Oh my gosh, this is adorable!
    I don’t have the patience to do it or the skill but I’d love to try.

    Super cute <3

  • December 5, 2016

    Talya

    What a lovely idea. I’ve been thinking about making something like this for our home so thanks for sharing!

  • December 5, 2016

    Dean of Little Steps

    Looks amazing and most importantly, easy to make too! 🙂

  • Aww this is beautiful. I love crafting with old jars/bottles and lights. These look great.

  • December 5, 2016

    Fashion and Style Police

    Thanks for sharing these steps. I will try making mine.

  • December 5, 2016

    five little doves

    Oh what a lovely idea!! And it looks very simple, I think this is something I will try with the children – thank you!

  • December 5, 2016

    Lauretta Wright

    I do love crafting – in fact, I wish I had more time to do it if I’m honest. I’ve also got materials to make a craft jar, which was inspired by one of my friends. I’m looking forward to finding time to make it! Thanks for more ideas – loving the glitter on top of the jar!

  • What a fab idea. I love crafts and especially Christmas ones 🙂

  • December 5, 2016

    tots2travel

    Very festive, I’d be finding the glitter all round the house for weeks if I attempted this. Wish I was more crafty!

  • December 6, 2016

    Ella Ivoire

    I’m so down for trying this! Should I tag you in instagram if I do?

    • December 8, 2016

      Alina

      Hi Ella, Definitely! You’ll find me via @fairytaleprettypicture. Can’t wait to see it 🙂

  • December 6, 2016

    Zena's Suitcase

    I love this idea! I think having some homemade decorations at this time of year really adds something to the Christmas feel of a room. It looks so easy too

  • December 6, 2016

    karen

    That looks so pretty. I’ve got some big glass vases that I’ve put some little fairy lights in. I think they don’t only look nice this time of year but great all year round

  • December 8, 2016

    Anosa

    I am not good at doing any crafts what so ever if this glitter is absolutely amazing

  • December 8, 2016

    Kara

    Ooooo that is really pretty, need to make one of these

  • December 10, 2016

    Nevena Krstic

    This is such a cute DIY! 🙂 xx