Make a Fun DIY Mason Jar ‘Fairy Light’ With Your Kids


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If you’ve got some old Mason jars around the house (or really any glass jar), you might be wondering what to do with them. Instead of stashing them away in the attic or throwing them in the recycling bin, why not repurpose them into something totally unique and different?

Check out this super-easy, DIY weekend project that will help you transform a regular old Mason jar into a glow-in-the-dark fairy light. Your kids will love how they sparkle and shimmer at night, and it’s the perfect craft for when you’ve got a little free time on your hands.

What You’ll Need:

  • Glass jar
  • Glow-in-the-dark paint
  • Paintbrushes (preferably longer-length brushes)
  • Paper or old cardboard (as a workspace to avoid a mess)
  • 45 minutes to an hour of your time

Sewanta 16oz Regular Mouth Mason Jars with Lids and Bands, Pack of Five

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Artecho Acrylic Neon and Glow-in-the-Dark Paint Set

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Dugato Artist Filbert Paint Brushes Set, 13 Pieces

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How To Make A DIY Mason Jar Fairy Light

Crafting blog DIY Joy lays out the steps in their post, and it couldn’t be easier. Using the glow-in-the-dark paint and the long paintbrush, simply paint dots of varying sizes all over the inside of the Mason jar. Here’s an idea of what they look like, from DIY Joy’s Twitter/X account:

Note that the glow-in-the-dark paint will need to be “activated,” so DIY Joy recommends drying your jar in the sun. The sun’s UV rays will “charge” the paint so that it glows as intended. The result? A beautiful and unique fairy light!

If you’re short on time or just not that crafty (hey, it’s OK!), there are even easier ways to make fairy light Mason jars.

YouTuber Amanda of Love Crafted Decor shows how to make a snowy winter fairy light:

To make this one, just add glitter, Mod Podge and a strand of battery-operated string lights.

HTVRont Holographic Extra Fine Glitter Powder

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Hobays 20-Pack of Battery-Operated Fairy Lights, Warm White

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TikToker Mimi (@mimithemom1) makes it even easier, no paint, glue or glitter required. Simply stuff a strand of battery-operated string lights inside a clean Mason jar, pop the lid back on and ta-da! You have a beautiful fairy light.

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What do you think? Will you be adding a DIY fairy light to your home?

This article originally appeared on SimpleMost and was syndicated by MediaFeed.

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