I love the simple elegance of mason jars. They look beautiful when they are painted and lit up for the holidays. The great thing about this project is it can be done with children of all ages. It is fun for adults too.
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For this project you will need:
- One 16 oz mason jar per person
- Acrylic Paints
- Cotton swabs or paint brushes
- Paper Plate or egg carton for palette
- LED tealights (or you could use regular tealights but I like that the LED lights are mess free and worry free with kids)
- Butcher paper, plastic liner (such as a dollar store tablecloth) or re-purposed box to protect your work surface
Squeeze a selection of colors onto the paper plate palette. We chose red, green and white for the holidays. I found it easy to give each child one cotton swab per color of paint. This made clean up a cinch! You could also use brushes and have a cup of water for rinsing. Turn the jars upside down on the work surface. I used plastic kitchen bags as smocks. Have the children paint the jars. Spaces between the paint design look pretty when lit. A polka dot effect is really nice and easy to create with cotton swabs. Allow to dry. Use in the evening with tealights for a warm and dramatic effect. Our kids were really proud to see their creations lit up at night.