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
- 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
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
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
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?