White Christmas Mason Jar Luminaries

It’s the most wonderful time of the year (that is, according to all the Christmas music playing on the radio stations these days). Although Christmas music started playing early this year (almost two weeks before Thanksgiving!), I’ve fully embraced the upcoming holiday and all the joy that it brings.


Despite the fact that I live in California and the last snowstorm recorded in Los Angeles was in 1949, I’ve never failed to wish for a white winter each year. Since there’s almost no chance of us getting snow this year (California’s in a drought, y’all), I decided to make a winter craft dedicated to snow. For those of you that are in the same situation as I am, read on to learn more about my DIY winter luminaries.

Project: White Christmas Mason Jar Luminaries
Supplies needed:
– 1 mason jar
– 1 candle (tea light or votive- it doesn’t matter)
– Mod Podge
– sponge brush
– salt (I used Epsom salt)
– black Sharpie/marker
– (optional) glitter

Supplies needed

One reason why I wanted to do this craft was because I had all the supplies at home (for my previous craft- Maple Leaf Luminaries). However, if you don’t have these materials at home, you can stock up at your local dollar store. Your total should be less than $10.

A snowflake template drawn by yours truly

I would recommend searching online for different snowflake templates in order to have an idea of what you want to draw onto your jars. Pinterest has several different examples available, so check it out for more inspiration!


Step 1: Apply a thin coat of Mod Podge onto the jar with your sponge brush. Let it sit there for about five minutes.

Step 1: Apply a thin coat of Mod Podge

Note: This step is necessary because you need a base for your Sharpie/marker to write on. Otherwise, your marker will smudge and it will not be able to stick onto the glass.

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Once it dries, your jar should take on a translucent color. Let it sit for about five minutes and make sure it’s all dry before you proceed to Step 2.

Step 2: This is where your creative side kicks in! Take all the time you need to draw onto your mason jar. I had a bit of trouble drawing with my Sharpie (because it was old and running out of ink), so it took about 20 minutes to cover my jar with snowflakes.


Note: Don’t be afraid to experiment with different snowflakes and sizes! Your jar will look much more cheerful when your project is completed.

Step 2: Draw snowflakes

Step 3: Apply another coat of Mod Podge on top of your snowflakes. Immediately after, sprinkle salt onto the coating. Make sure to place a paper/cloth underneath to catch the extra salt that doesn’t stick on.

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Don’t worry if the salt gathers in some areas more than others (as shown in the picture below). If you’re not afraid of getting your hands sticky, you can pat down the excess salt with your fingers. Otherwise, you can use another sponge brush to even out the surface.

Note: I found that using my fingers was quicker and easier. The Mod Podge rubbed right off after less than a minute.

Step 3: Apply Mod Podge & salt, then pat it down

Step 4 (optional): This step is purely optional. To make my luminary more aesthetically-pleasing, I sprinkled glitter onto the jar immediately after salting it. Adding glitter gives the jar somewhat of a sparkle when placed in both natural and artificial light.

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Step 4 (optional): Add glitter

Step 5: Let the salt dry for about 30 minutes. I accidentally lifted my jar without regards to the drying process and dropped a ton of salt onto my carpet. 😦

Step 5: Let it dry

Step 6: Place your candle inside, light it up, and enjoy! You can lay these luminaries anywhere around the house once they dry. The candles cast a warm, hazy glow when lit up in a dark room, so turn off the lights for full effect! 🙂

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* All photos taken by yours truly (except for the meme)

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