Summer Crafting Series: Mason Jar Luminaries

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This is the first post in my Summer Crafting series, highlighting 15 my favorite crafts for summer, some of which I’ve tried before and others I’m doing for the first time.  This one is a DIY from my husband’s 40th birthday party–I tested various dyes and spray paints on small mason jars before settling on this variety, which I continue to love and use as decor every chance I get.

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It’s also kid friendly because this craft is easy to do.  It’s fun coming up with creative ways to tweak the luminaries, as well as finding places around the house to display them so they are properly appreciated._DSC0053Because I have 100 of these babies from our event, I’m continually brainstorming ways to put them to use–tea parties at my mother-in-law’s (who has a huge outdoor space that I would love to line with my luminaries), baby showers, birthdays, anniversaries, bachelorette parties.  You name it, I’ve got a luminary for it.  

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We were having friends over Saturday night, so I set out my petite lovelies on our patio to make our casual gathering a little more special._DSC0072

My preference is to use electric candles whenever possible.  Having to remember to light candles before a party is just one more detail that I don’t like to worry about, especially when there are usually so many other things going on in our house (and my head).  Electric candles also have the huge perk of being reuseable, and you never have to be bothered with changing out the candle during your party or event.

To make these decorative props, I spray-painted the outside of the miniature mason jars.  I chose to paint the outside instead of the inside of the jar in case I wanted to use regular candles–but I also think the final result looks more chic with the spray on the exterior (unless you’re going for a different look….).

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I know mason jars are overused and overdone for every craft project and DIY, but I just. don’t. care.  I’m still loving them nevertheless and delighted every time I see them at a party or wedding (such as here and here) or come across a new use for them that I hadn’t thought of before.

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This DIY is has so many variations:  you can leave the jars clear or dye them a light color and nestle an electric candle into sand (regular or colored), shells, candy, spray painted brush (similar to what I used inside of my votives for the birthday party), flower petals, mini-birds’ nests, pebbles, beads, colored goo (for Halloween), cotton, tissue paper, colored stones, or any other decor your crafty heart desires.  I use gold for almost everything–but silver spray paint would look just as stunning._DSC0147

Also try using votives in spaces in your home that aren’t traditional.  Hang them from trees in the backyard, set them on front window sills, use as night lights (like we did here) in the bathroom or kids’ rooms, up or along stairs, or to line the walkway or hallway outside or inside of your home.  How pretty is it to walk into a home for a party and have the interior hallway lined and lit with these metallic gold bejeweled lovelies?_DSC0160

Enjoy!

xx

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