How to make twinkling jars

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How to make twinkling jars

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Create your own centrepieces with this easy DIY twinkling jar project, using materials you may already have at home!

Add a sparkle to any room with twinkling jars! This super quick D.I.Y. project is the easiest way to create some Christmas cheer in your home, acting as a centrepiece on a dining table, lining the mantelpiece or even as a simple decoration in the bathroom.

They are also incredibly versatile – simply swap out the decorations for something a little more seasonal and you’ve got a decoration you can use throughout your home all year long.

We’re going to walk you through a simple version of these jars, but you can also get creative with the design. Get the kids involved in painting the outside of each jar with acrylic glass paint or roll each one in glitter for even more sparkle – the choices are endless!

For this version, all you’ll need is a box of battery-operated bud lights, a glass planter or jar and some Christmas decorations, such as baubles, greenery or pinecones.

Tools and materials

Batteries (check fairy lights packets)
Christmas baubles or ornaments
• 15cm Glass Sphere Planter 
17cm Glass Bowl Planter 
18cm Glass Low Bowl Planter 
Warm White Battery Operated Bud Lights - 100 Pack x 3
All necessary tools laid out on table

1. Assemble you materials

Pop the batteries in the battery pack and grab your glass vase/planter/jar.

person placing jar on table

2. Drop some fairy lights

In a circular motion, drop a few fairy lights into your vase. Place a few of your chosen decoration in the vase, taking care to wrap the fairy lights around them. You don’t have to be very precise when doing this – it doesn’t need to be perfect.

hands putting fairy lights in jar

3. Finish off

Repeat the fairy light/decoration stacking until you’re near the top of the vase. Turn on the fairy lights at the battery pack before reaching the top. Don’t worry about burning yourself – lights these days don’t overheat so you can touch them safely.

Once the lights are on, it’s time to hide your battery pack among your ornaments. Place the battery in the middle and carefully place the decorations around it, covering it as much as possible. Finish by topping up the vase with any extra lights or decoration. If you like, you can add a ribbon as the final touch! You can also switch out ornaments for pinecones or any other form of decoration.

Now it’s time to place your twinkling lights in your preferred spot. Place them in a festoon window, on the dining table, on the mantle, in the bathroom or wherever you’d like to add a little Christmas spirit.

Hand reaching into jar

Ready to make your own?

Explore our collection of planters and fairy lights for your own D.I.Y. twinkling jars project.

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Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.
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