If you’re looking for an inexpensive decorative item to make for your home, and you love the attractive look of tiny lights and the appealing smell of potpourri, then this project is probably the one for you! This decorative jar will make a great addition to your home. Or, make several and give them as beautiful homemade gifts to your family and friends. Read these easy-to-follow instructions and learn how to make a homemade decorative lighted glass jar:
The Materials You’ll Need Are:
1. Decorative Glass Jar with a Lid- A nice-sized jar will be about 10 inches high. It will have a wide mouth large enough to place one of your hands in.
2. Small String of Lights- Either clear or colored, the choice is yours. Just make sure the lights are the “cool” type that don’t heat up when they’ve been turned on for awhile.
3. One or Two Bags of Your Favorite Potpourri
4. Lace Doily – 6 to 8 inches in diameter
5. Wooden Apples on a String
6. Decorative Grass
You should be able to find all of these materials at your local craft store.
1. To start to make a homemade decorative lighted glass jar, place the closed end of the string of lights into the bottom of the jar. Let the rest of the string drape over the jar on the outside. Then, coil the string around the jar in a circular path. Try to keep the lights to the sides of the glass jar so they can be easily seen.
2. Hold the lights in place while you pour about an inch thick layer of potpourri into the jar. Carefully spread the potpourri out until it’s fairly level.
3. Coil the lights around the inside of the jar once again. Pour another inch or so of potpourri into the decorative jar and spread it out carefully, making sure not to disturb the bottom layer.
4. Repeat steps #3 and #4 until you have filled the jar. The glass jar should end up filled with alternative layers of lights and potpourri up to the top. Let the light plug hang over the side of the glass jar.
5. To continue to make a homemade decorative lighted glass jar, center the lace doily over the top of the jar.
6. Wrap the string of the wooden apples around the doily at the neck of the jar so the apples dangle over the side. Tie the string so it stays securely in place.
8. Grab a handful of decorative grass and tie it around the neck of the decorative jar into a loose bow. Place the lid on top of the glass jar, and you’re finished!
When the decorative, lighted glass jar is plugged in, you’ll see the tiny lights aglow among the bits of potpourri. If you want to smell the scent, simply remove the lid. If not, place the lid on the jar. Once the fragrant potpourri loses its smell, just remove the contents of the jar. Repeat steps #3 and #4 and place new potpourri inside the jar while you coil the lights back around the inside of the jar.