DIY Art Corner: Make a Mason Jar Winter Wonderland Lantern!


With just basic supplies, you can make Christmas candle jars that look amazing when illuminated at night. 

One of the things I love most about handmade items is their uniqueness.  No one else will have exactly the same piece… even if they follow the exact same instructions. This is definitely one of those projects!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • A clean empty jar. I’ve used coffee jars and mason jars.
  • 1 piece of dark colored scrapbook paper… mine was a charcoal grey.
  • Template – download HERE
  • Other supplies: paper, pencil, ruler, craft knife (or scalpel).
  • Santa Snow.
  • Epsom Salts and clear glue.
  • 1 light source – tea light candle, battery operated fairy lights.

Note: I chose to hand-cut my townships and made different townships for all of my jars. If you have a cutting machine you may prefer to use that to cut the design for you.

  1. Measure the circumference of your jar.
  2. Using the template, sketch the township onto the paper, creating a skyline of several different houses and trees.
  3. Cut out the silhouette with the craft knife. Allow an extra centimeter at one end to use as a tab to glue the two ends together. Put the cut-out aside until you prepare the jar.
  4. Spray the top third of the outside of the jar with a light misting of Santa Snow. When it’s dry, apply a bead of clear glue around the top of the jar and sprinkle with Epsom Salts to make it look icy.
  5. Place the light source in the base of the jar and then fill the remainder of the base around it with Epsom Salts. The Epsom Salts look like snow!
  6. Wrap your township silhouette around the outside of the jar and glue the two ends together.

SplashLabArts is a Montessori inspired Art Center in East Falls (3510 Scotts Ln.). For more info about SplashLab, go to their website or email them.

About Kim

Kim, the Business Manager at SplashLab Arts, has been studying, making, and advocating for art and art education in the Philadelphia area for over 15 years. She loves coming to work every day and the opportunity to contribute to a place which uses art as a catalyst to enrich people’s lives! Kim also makes art with everything from plastic resin to laser cutters and is a science nerd in disguise. She holds a BFA and MFA.


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