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Take One Jar: 9 Inspiring Ideas For Upcycling During The Festive Season

There’s nothing better than crafting for Christmas – whether you’re making decorations, presents or just crafting for fun, the festive season has a way of making everything more exciting. We’ve collected some fab projects for you below that all have one thing in common... they all use an upcycled jar. Do your part for the environment this season by turning any old sweets, spices or food jars into fun festive candle holders, plant pots and decorations.

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1. Candy Cane Luminaries

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Peppermint candy canes are a staple during the Christmas season, and with some clever application of glue and masking tape, plus a sparkling set of glitter like that in Debbi Moore’s Art Deco Christmas Glitter Set, you can create gorgeous candy cane luminaries. They look good enough to eat!

2. Cutout Luminaries

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Likewise, you can use masking tape or vinyl to create fab cutout luminaries. Use a die or ScanNCut, or create your own shape with a craft blade, then cover the jar with a glass-suitable paint such as Kreul Glass and Porcelain Paint in Chalky Colours. White paint adds to the white Christmas aesthetic, but the jars would also look great in pink, green and blue.

3. Snowman Goodies

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If you have a collection of small jars, why not craft some adorable snowmen? Simply add a felt brim to one of the jar’s caps to create a hat, draw or paint a snowman face and buttons, and finish with a scrap of fabric for the scarf. They’re perfect for keeping hot chocolate essentials in.

4. Christmas Tree Sconces

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If you fancy keeping your jar luminary simple, you can turn your crafting attention to its surroundings instead and create a sweet stand with MDF shapes. Use a set like Pretty Gets Gritty MDF Festive Trees and decorate. If the stand is unstable, though, or only loosely attached to the wall, make sure to use fake tealights instead.

5. Festive Flower Pots

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Jars can also be turned into fantastically festive plant pots, full of winter-themed florals and leaves. Simply cover the outside (or inside if the plants are fake) with gold, red or green paint, and build up your bouquet. To make sure the plants last the whole season, you can opt for fake florals, and accentuate them with Craft Buddy Bunches of Wired Microbead Berries.

6. DIY Snowglobes

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Jars that are flipped upside down work surprisingly well as snowglobes. To create your own, secure a plastic Christmas-themed toy or decoration on the inside of the lid, and fill the jar with water, glitter and any other safe snow substitute. Then, put the lid back on, flip the jar over, and add some embellishments for a finishing touch.

7. Snowy Scene Luminary

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Silhouette luminaries are super sweet, great for storytime and guaranteed to be loved by kids – just make sure you don’t leave any little ones unsupervised around a lit candle! You can create your own scene with a ScanNCut or crafting blade, or use a die set such as Tattered Lace Folk Art Houses.

8. Festive Fairy Light Jars

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If you have any leftover fairy lights from decorating the tree, why not create a gorgeous fairy light jar? The lovely decorations look great on their own, but you could make them even more festive by adding snowflake die cuts to each individual light. When the lights are turned on, it’ll look like a jar of luminous snowflakes.

9. Cosy Covered Jars

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Don’t these jars look cosy? As well as being the perfect place to store sweets and small presents, crochet and knit cosies are great for practising basic stitches if you’re a newbie, and enjoying some mindful crafting if you’re a professional. Use a yarn like Deramores Studio DK in Pearl for a white Christmas aesthetic, or get creative with red, green and gold.