- 1 quart and 1 pint mason jar
- X-acto Knife
- Good white paper (at least 97lbs) to print the graphics on
- Cutting mat (optional but you need a good hard surface to cut on)
- Battery Operated Tea Light
- Printable patterns below
- Spray adhesive
Because the image provided is so detailed you need to make sure the following conditions are met to get a nice clean cut:
1. Use a precision craft knife. We used a #1 (barrel size) with a #11 blade which is the thinnest for detail work.
2. Use quality inkjet paper that is at least 97 lbs in weight. Thinner paper will tear easily:
3. Cut on a very good cutting mat or any hard surface that will not be harmed by the knife.
Gather the few supplies you’ll need.
Painting the jars. What we did and suggest NOT doing. For the jars shown we placed some Mod Podge into a bowl and added a squirt or two of white paint. We then brushed it onto the sides of the inside of the jar. The result was not nearly as nice as we wanted. Though it looks great lit up in the dark, in the light it looks messy. So we tested another method that we suggest using instead.
A better method to paint your jars.
Because we were unhappy with our original jar painting, we did some testing. Then we created a post on how to paint mason jars which you can check out before moving on to the rest of your project.
You can cut out the graphics in minutes using an X-acto knife.
They’re now ready to place in your jars.
In order to hold the images inside the jar used a light spritz of spray adhesive.
Carefully put the image inside the jar, pressing it into place.
We placed a small amount of moss in the bottom of the jar and set our battery operated tea light on top of it.
Batteries for these lights are very cheap. The ones I use and linked to under supplies are on a timer.
For the top of the lid we used a 5 Minute Paper Flower.
Glue your twine around the edge of the lid.
We added an extra little flourish tied on with some twine.
You can decorate your own Mason jar lights however you wish!
I would rather not paint my jar although wondering about the same effect. How can the cut-outs be seen through the glass if the glass is painted?
Hi! Love these jars! I am not familiar with the Silouette but is the pattern perhaps an svg that could be used with a Cricut Maker?
Well, this was working out ok, and looked very pretty, until I had to cut out the deer. The tree, twigs & such became too thin, and the whole cutout crumpled and/or ripped when I tried to do anything with it. Do you have any suggestions?
Other than that, it’s a very pretty project, and I would love to make more
I’m so sorry to hear that!. Your problem could be caused by a variety of things. The following are my suggestions which would help prevent that when dealing with a detailed image like this one. I’m going to update the post also to add them in, in I’ll be adding these to the post also. Good luck!
1. Use a precision craft knife. We used a #1 (barrel size) with a #11 blade which is the thinnest for detail work. X-ACTO KNIFE
2. Use quality inkjet paper that is at least 97 lbs in weight. Thinner paper will tear easily.
3. Cut on a good cutting mat or any hard surface that will not be harmed by the knife.
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Great Idea, Loving it. My question is how do you turn the light on and off?
Maybe I missed it.
Thanks Sandra! The little battery operated tea lights have a switch under them for on off. You have to just pull it out and switch it. Some of the tea lights come with auto timer built in and when you turn them on they will stay on for 6 hours and auto turn off for 18. I think I linked to some on the post.
EDIT: I even found some larger ones that work with a remote! http://amzn.to/2gKh9N2
Awl thank you Nancy!
I would like to make gifts with lights that don’t need to be taken out of the jar. Any idea
Well any battery ones will eventually need the battery replaced so I’m not sure what other options you have unless you put in some small twinkle lights. that would require a hole in the back of the jar though. Unless you just drape the cord over the back, which I’ve done here: http://bit.ly/diyjarlights I’m not sure what else would work. For myself I love the timer ones where you turn them on and off with a remote. Eventually batteries still have to be changed. If I think of anything else I’ll let you know!
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Could this be done with printed photos?
Hi Bev! My only concern is that it would be difficult to see the photos through the paint.
I love these jars! Thanks for sharing with us on the homesteader hop!
Thanks Jamie for stopping by!
Hi Nancy, Love these mason jars! How clever and creative! Well done! Blessings, Janet
Thanks Janet. So glad you enjoyed them!
These are so, so sweet! Thanks for the tutorial.
You’re very welcome Erin. Ü
I am so in love with what people do with mason jars. I just think that these are so cute. I would like to invite you to our party we would love to have you! https://www.floydfamilyhomestead.com/2016/09/07/the-homesteader-hop19/
Thanks Tana! Yep I’ll be back to your party this coming week!
These look lovely, so pretty, thanks
Thanks Julie. Ü
Is home talk free?
Yes it is Sandy. You just set up an account and you can add your own ideas as “posts” or just look around for ideas. Ü
I absolutely love these! So, so pretty. They would look beautiful on my shelves. Thanks for the free printable to make my own!
You’re so welcome!