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Holiday Decor Inspiration: 3 Super Easy and Kind of Amazing Mason Jar D.I.Y. Projects

Here I reveal the secret* (*totally not a secret) that I’m really not a crafty person. Not yet, anyway. Moving into our first house has been such a great source of overall inspiration and motivation to attempt some of the amazing holiday craft projects I’ve been drooling over online. And if it ever stops being 80 degrees in Los Angeles this November, mark my words: I will get to festive crafting with gusto. I feel it coming on. (Note to self for future post: “How I Became a Mad Festive Crafter in 30 Days by Starting With Really Easy Projects I Couldn’t Mess Up for Positive Reinforcement.”)

This season, I’m starting with mason jars. Here, I bring you a trio of holiday craft ideas that seem to me fool proof. And they offer a huge impact for a small craft-store investment and a few minutes worth of time. Et voila:

Mason Jar Snow Globes
I mean, these are the sweetest, most charming little things. All you need to make them is to hot glue a fake tree onto the bottom of the mason jar lid, and glue some fake snow around it so you can’t see it when the tree is in place. Fill the mason jar with some snow, and then set the lid in the jar and fasten with the screw-on piece. You can add some glitter to make it look like the snow is glistening — and glitter is something to which I never say no.
All you need: glue gun, mason jars, fake trees and snow
Source:  Michaela Noelle Designs

Mason Jar Snow Globes

mason jar snow globes a la Michaela Noelle Designs

Cute Stuff-Filled Mason Jars
For these, drop a votive candle into a mason jar. Cut a few pieces of spruce about as tall as the votive and position them around the sides. Cut some craft berries off of the vine and drop them in between the greenery. Tie some twine around the neck of the jar to finish it all off.
All you need: mason jars, votive candles, fake berries and spruce, twine
Source: Iowa Girl Eats

Berry-Filled Mason Jars

berry and pine-filled mason jars a la Iowa Girl Eats

Mason Jar Firefly Lanterns
For this project, grab some mason jars and simply flick drops of glow-in-the-dark paint inside. The paint will need to charge up during daylight hours in order to glow at night. When the sun goes down, use them to line a path to your door for a neat guest entrance to a holiday party. (I’ve seen a version of this project that uses busted-open glow sticks instead of paint, but that seems more Halloween-y to me.)
All you need: mason jars, glow-in-the-dark paint
Source: Apartment Therapy

Mason Jar Firefly Lanterns

mason jar firefly lanterns a la Apartment Therapy

Little note about where to get mason jars: Anywhere! Ace Hardware currently has a 12-pack of eight-ounce jars for under $10. Target has the large 32-ounce ones for $17.59 for a 12 pack. Overstock currently has a set of 32 16-ounce jars for $36.49 — and oops, I just bought them. So come on over, I’ll whip up some White Russians (sub one percent milk for cream, I’m not an animal!) and let’s get to crafting!

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