New Year’s Eve Mason Jar Crafts

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If you love to craft, making New Year’s Eve decorations is a fun way to celebrate both your creativity and the start of a brand new year. After all, what better way to ring in a fresh new start than by using your own talents to make something beautiful for your home?

If you like a little touch of rustic and a little bit of elegance, you can combine the two with New Year’s Eve Mason jar crafts. There are many ways to combine Mason jars with light for a special touch at your celebration.

DIY Glittering Candleholders

Create lovely, glittery candleholders with a few basic supplies. This one is messy, so work on a metal cookie tray covered with a sheet of newspaper. When you’re done, you can easily use the paper to funnel unused glitter back into its jar.

You will need:

  • Clean Mason jars
  • Glitter in colors of your choosing – silver, white, opalescent and pale blue are all especially nice for New Years
  • Mod Podge or similar craft glue
  • 1-inch foam paintbrush
  • Painter’s tape
  • Tealight candle or electric tea light
  1. Circle the Mason jar with a strip of tape about halfway up the jar.
  2. Pour out the glitter onto your work tray.
  3. Use the brush to paint a thin, even coat of Mod Podge all over the bottom half of the jar, up to the circle of tape.
  4. Roll the jar in the glitter until it is evenly coated. Tap the jar to remove any loose glitter, and then roll again to cover any bare spots.
  5. Let the jar dry for a couple of hours before removing the tape.
  6. Set your candle inside the jar, and light for a beautiful effect on New Year’s Eve.

Lacy Candleholders

Create a romantic, old-fashioned look by covering Mason jars with lace, then setting them aglow with candles.

You will need:

  • Clean Mason jars
  • Craft glue
  • Small craft paintbrush
  • Lengths of flat lace
  • Scissors
  • Tealight candle or electric tea light
  1. Measure the jar by wrapping the lace around it, then cut the lace to fit neatly around the jar.
  2. Cover the outside of the jar with craft glue.
  3. Wrap pieces of lace around the jar, laying strips side by side horizontally until the entire jar is covered.
  4. Let the glue dry completely, then place the candle inside and light when it’s time to celebrate.

Jar of Fireflies

Create a magical effect that brings to mind an enchanted forest.

You will need:

  • Clean Mason jar
  • Short string of LED battery-powered lights
  • Craft moss
  • Chopsticks or thin dowel
  1. Push the string of lights into the Mason jar, making sure the on/off switch is at the mouth of the jar.
  2. Tear off small bits of moss and push them into the jar, using the chopsticks to push them to the bottom of the jar and all around the lights.
  3. Continue placing small pieces of moss until the light cord is concealed, and the effect is one of glowing fireflies hidden in the greenery.
  4. Set the jars out on your table or mantel come New Year’s Eve.

Painted Luminaries

Here’s another easy way to transform an everyday Mason jar into something special and romantic for New Years.

You will need:

  • Clean Mason jars
  • Spray paint in color of your choice – silver, white or blue would all be nice
  • Inexpensive stickers from the dollar store – look for small stars or balloons.
  • Tealight candle or electric tea light
  1. Work outside to avoid breathing in paint fumes. You can protect the grass or pavement by spreading out a layer of newspaper for a work area.
  2. Position the stickers around the jar, spacing them evenly to create a pleasing design.
  3. Set the jar on the newspaper, and cover with spray paint. Use even, short movements to paint as evenly as possible and avoid drips. You might want to use two coats of paint for best coverage.
  4. Let the paint dry for at least an hour or two, then carefully remove the stickers.
  5. Place a candle in the jar, and enjoy the festive effect.

Glow Light Jars

For an otherworldly, colorful glow, use glow sticks to coat your jars. The effect will only last for a few hours, so do this shortly before your guests arrive.

You will need:

  • Clean Mason jars with lids
  • Glow sticks in various colors – at least ten sticks per jar
  • Scissors
  1. Cut the end of the glow sticks and pour the contents into the Mason jar.
  2. Screw on the lid, and shake well.
  3. Enjoy the colorful, eerie glow until it fades a few hours later.
  4. Be aware that there is glass inside glow sticks, so don’t reuse these jars for any type of food or drink purposes.

When it comes to New Year’s Eve, balloons, streamers, poppers and noisemakers usually take center stage. But you can add a soft touch of glowing light, color, texture and fun to the mix with lighted Mason jar crafts that are easy to make even hours before the festivities begin.

Last Updated: December 27, 2012
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About Michelle Ullman Michelle Ullman has lived and gardened in Southern California since childhood. A freelance writer, she covers topics ranging from gardening to home improvement to health issues. She also has experience as a catalog copywriter and poet. Michelle has trained and worked as a respiratory therapist and surgical technologist, but prefers to spend her time gardening, and walking with her dog. Michelle holds a Bachelor's Degree from Redlands University in Business Management. 

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