Crushed glass Christmas mason jars covered in mod podge and sparkling broken glass pieces. A beautiful velvet ribbon adds a nice finish to this easy DIY mason jar project. This simple craft idea is a great way to add some glam to your holiday décor and can be used as luminaries with a flameless tea light inside. Inspired by our favorite Snowy Mason Jars, this project is fun and festive for the holiday season.
If I could only pick one thing I enjoy decorating with the most, it would be mason jars. They are multipurpose and great for holiday décor. Whether the jars are displayed on a mantle or tablescape, mason jars can be an inexpensive home décor staple.
For this project, you can use new or old mason jars and give them a new life with crushed glass. I couldn’t decide between traditional red and green or glitzy glam gold and silver, so I made all four. I plan to display them down the center of our dining table with fresh greenery for Christmas.
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Supplies to make Christmas mason jars
How to decorate mason jars with crushed glass
Here is a quick video tutorial on how to decorate jars with crushed glass vase filler.
- Apply glue evenly around the mason jar. Avoid applying too much glue that it will begin to drip once the glass has been added.
- Coat the jar with crushed glass. Tip: use protective gloves to gently press the crush glass flat against the mason jar. Set jar on protected surface to dry overnight.
- Tie ribbon around the mouth of the jar and add a battery-operated tealight inside.
Tips and tricks for decorating with crushed glass
- Use caution when handling the crushed glass. I didn’t find it to be too sharp but definitely work slowly and keep away from children. Protective gloves can keep your hands safe while pressing the crushed glass onto the jar.
- If you want to ensure the jars have an extra heavy-duty hold, use clear Gorilla glue. While both options work wonderfully, I did notice two jars I used the extra strength glue on haven’t lost any pieces.
- After the jars thoroughly dry overnight some pieces may fall off. If there are noticeable empty spaces, simply add more glue (or use hot glue to adhere bigger pieces) and crushed glass to fill the areas.