These jars are easy to make and can be customized in countless ways! They are especially nice for someone who doesn't have the space for (or energy to set up) a Christmas tree.
I made one for myself years ago when I lived in a small efficiency apartment. But so many people commented on it, that I ended up making a bunch for gifts the next year. You'll need a large mouthed jar of some sort. Big pickle jars work great. You can eat a lot of pickles, or you can stop by an Italian deli. We got lots from a local deli dumpster. Deli Dumpster. Giggle-Snort! I like the sound of that.
You will also need a small string of lights. I use the little 20 count sets from Walmart. Then, you will need some things to put in with them. Look at your leftover Christmas decorations. I cut a garland into small pieces to layer with pine cones and berries. I also made some multi strand bows out of jute and slid them down the sides. I liked the rustic look.
Add some pretty ribbon of some sort, and you could be finished! Mine stayed like the one above for a few years, but I gradually began adding stems of flowers and berry branches to add interest during the day.
Last year, I decided to do a Snowman Jar for the boys' play room. He turned out pretty well. In the bottom, I layered the small light set with glass floral beads and miniature silver Christmas balls from the dollar tree. The snowman is an ornament from our tree.
I usually just let the wire for the lights run up the inside back of the jar and then under the ribbon and down.
Making unique Christmas gifts and decorations is so much fun, and people just love these things! What they don't know about where the jar came from can't hurt them. . .
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