Here’s a quick tutorial to make your own Christmas jars that create cute winter scenes for your holiday kitchen decor. And to be honest, let’s file this one under, “better late than never” Christmas crafting. The good news is that these jars are super easy to make so you can still squeeze them in this year, or go ahead and pin this post for next year if you want.
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- 2 gallon jugs
- Sugar (about 6 cups per jar)
- Christmas houses
- Tea lights
Believe it or not, finding the perfect jars was the hardest part of this project. Three stores, six different types/sizes of jars, and several returns later… the winner ended up being these 2 gallon jars from Target. I wasn’t able to order them online, which turned out in my favor because they were quite a bit cheaper in-store when I went to pick them up. I also found them here on Amazon.
My white houses and trees are part of a larger Christmas village set from Bed, Bath, and Beyond. I grabbed it on sale for $40 and used a 20% coupon on top of that. It’s currently sold out online, but still available full price on Amazon. Target has similar individual houses at in the Wonderland collection for around $5 each. If you’re feeling craftier, you could also grab houses from the Dollar Store and spray paint them white.
My village came with tea lights, but I was looking for an easier option. I found these timer tea lights on Amazon that automatically turn on and off each day. They burn for 6 hours and then turn off for 18 hours, repeating until you turn them off. I turned mine on for the first time at 5pm, so they light up every day from 5-11pm on their own now. To create more of a glow, I added 2-3 tea lights in each house.
Finally I grabbed several options from Hobby Lobby for the jar lids. I never know exactly how I want a project to go until I start putting it together, so I grabbed multiple options. Everything was 50% off.
After experimenting, I opted to use thin ribbon to tie a loop around the lid. Then I tucked the decorative ribbon and berry stems underneath. I did need wire cutters to snip the berry stems off the larger branch.