This first post will be simple. Use canning jars (or assorted jars you save) and dollar store candles (tea lights work exceptionally well for this) to create luminaries that add soft light a table, driveway, etc. inexpensively.
Epsom salts added to each jar (1 cup per jar) create gorgeous sparkles and help to stabilize the tea light candles (sold in packs of 100 at craft stores and in smaller quantities at dollar stores) and gives a reflective quality similar to snow. Epsom salt doesn't spoil and you can soak in them later in a nice hot bath (a bonus if you ask me). Here is a photo of how this can be done (note, these jars don't have the Epsom salts):
|Photo Credit: Chelle Paperie|
Another fun thing to do is to create Halloween or Fall themed luminaries by covering the jar with tissue paper and Mod Podge or just paint the jar and spray with a sealing lacquer like the ones shown below. These would be a great way to light the walk to help increase safety for Trick-or- Treaters:
|Photo Credit: Crafts by Amanda|
|Photo Credit: The Thinking Closet|
My favorite suggestion today comes from a pin on Pinterest. Cut open a glow stick and let the magic begin:
I know these suggestions are very basic, even beginner level, but stick with me because as times go by we will be using jars to stop time and cook a meal! Soon you too will see there are countless ways to use, reuse, and recycle canning jars making them invaluable on the old homestead. Grandma did know best!
Do you use Mason/Ball/Canning jars as a source of light? Share about your creation below.