Frosted Christmas Luminaries

Make the holidays sparkle with frosted Christmas luminaries! These snowy, icy jars will light up your holidays!
DIY frosted Christmas luminaries with frosted berries

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Good morning! These frosted Christmas luminaries are so easy and cheap to make, I can't wait to show you!

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I'm up to my eyeballs in Christmas decorating and projects you guys! ๐Ÿ‘€๐ŸŽ„ I'm getting there, but my home is currently an explosion of Christmas chaos! You might be tempted to give me grief about starting so early (like my son Kyle..."mom, it's not even Thanksgiving yet!!"), but the reality is that if I wait, you won't have the time to plan and shop and craft! Just in case you ever wondered, we DIY and home decor bloggers share our projects suuuper early in the season so that YOU will have time!

Before I jump into this easy project, it's Thrifty Style Team project day! That means that at the end of my craft, you'll see links to a bunch more Christmas decorating ideas...each one is thrifty! I love being part of this group of talented bloggers who inspire me each month!

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Frosted Christmas Luminaries

These snowy Christmas candle jars are extra wintery because I've added a snowy effect inside the jars as well as outside! They're a cinch to make, and you probably already have everything you need at home! Here's what you'll need to make your own.



Step One
The first step is to add a snowy interior to the jars. To do this, heat a couple inches of water to a simmer in a pot on your stove top. It doesn't need to come to a rapid boil, just until the water is hot. Hold a jar over the pot for a few seconds until it fills with steam.

steam jars

Spoon in about 1 Tbsp of flour and swirl it around to coat the inside of the jar. Tap off the excess.

add flour for snowy effect

You could leave the jars as is because this effect is easy to wash off.

snowy mason jars

But we're going for extra frosty luminaries!

Step Two
Working on a small section at a time, 'paint' the outside of the jar in white glue. 

paint craft glue to outside of jars

Use a spoon to pour Epsom salts over the glue, then set aside to dry. Epsom salts have a sparkly, glittery effect, so they're ideal for this project. You could also try plain old sugar or salt.

sprinkle on Epsom salts for sparkle

Step Three
While I had the glue out, I decided to add a frosty touch to my greenery and berry sprigs. I lightly dabbed on glue with the paintbrush, and then spooned on some of the Epsom salts.

frost berries

The difference is subtle, but definitely adds a feeling of Christmas to the berries as you can see from this before and after!

before and after frosted berries

Step Four
Once the glue has dried, it's time to decorate the luminaries. Wrap a length of twine around the jar rim several times and tie off, leaving long sides.

tie on jute twine

Hot glue a berry sprig on top of the knot and finish tying the twine into a bow. Add a flickering votive or tea light candle to add warm ambiance!

sugared berries and frosted mason jars

Easy. Affordable. Perfect!

I love projects like this that you can finish quickly and enjoy! Whether on a mantle or as a table centerpiece, these snowy frosted luminaries add a little bit of Christmas magic!

frosted Christmas luminaries lit up

I hope you add this easy project to your TO DO list this Christmas season! These frosted luminaries would also make great hostess gifts and are sure to be appreciated all season long!

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frosted and wintry Christmas luminary candleholders

 Thrifty Style Team Christmas Projects:

DIY Felted Acorn Garland from Chatfield Court
Dried Allium Christmas Ornaments from The Creek Line House
DIY Upcycled Snow Globe from The How-To Home
DIY Wine Bottle Luminaries from Postcards from the Ridge
Frosted Christmas Luminaries from DIY Beautify
Repurposed Pillowcase Scarf from Redhead Can Decorate
Easy Holiday Hoops from I Should Be Mopping the Floor
Perfectly Flocked Pine Cones from Duke Manor Farm
Terracotta Christmas Trees from Salvage Sister and Mister
Canning Ring Snowman from Cottage at the Crossroads

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  1. Those are cute! Last year I bought a large bag of epsom salts with the intention of crafting with them. My husband asked if I needed to soak my whole body :).

    1. Haha, well they are great for soaking in too, gotta love a product that's dual purpose!

  2. Oh I seriously love these!!! Sooooooo smart using epson salts!!! Saves us all a lot of cash in not having to buy a ton of those glass sparkles and I like the salt effect even better!:o Thanks bunches!!

    1. Yes, exactly! This one is a real money saver!! Happy crafting Sandra! ๐Ÿ™Œ❤๐Ÿ™Œ

  3. Cindy - these luminaries are gorgeous! We can't wait to try and make some for ourselves! We think these would be pretty, outside for an evening party. BTW - love the new logo!

  4. What a lovely ambiance for Christmas decorating. I love the touch of glitter, too. I think I need to make a few for my table and as gifts.
    Have a wonderful weekend, Cindy.

    1. Thanks Meegan, I love the sparkle! Have a great long weekend!

  5. These are so beautiful. I am absolutely going to make some this year.

  6. boy, with epsom salts on hand, these illuminated jars couldn't be any cheaper! thanks for the idea and the easy steps!

  7. These are so pretty Cindy, and I love that you went extra frosty! Perfect for the holidays.

    1. Thanks Kristy, all the sparkle is so nice for the holidays!

  8. cindy- your luminaries are so pretty and look so magical lit up.

  9. Cindy, these are so pretty! I love the idea of adding the Epsom salts for a frosty look. This is a great way to upcycle old jars. Thanks so much for sharing the tutorial.

    1. Thanks Angie, a great idea for used spaghetti jars!!


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