Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Blue Jars For Christmas

I love the oh-so-versatile blue jars that can be used all year round in various ways, from empty to stuffed with what ever takes one's fancy. Top of the list favorite way to use mine is this way in the Christmas season...
Yes, I know it's a little early...but then it gives you a heads up to do it for yourself! :) 
It's quick, easy and inexpensive!

Rinse the jar with water, shaking out the excess water.
Hold it tilted in one hand and turning it while pouring regular table salt
with the other to coat the whole inside. 
Let dry, place a small votive with a tealight just inside the top and it's finished.

If this is not disturbed, it will last many years. I used kosher salt but I think table salt is prettier and the kosher salt tends to drop off easier as it's a heavier salt.

Edited: I was asked what kind of votive cup I used. These votives are often seen in thrift shops, yard sales or the GW. Good luck in finding some! :) BTW, Christmas is only two months away!

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25 comments:

WhiteWhispers2u said...

Great idea! I love the look and have many jars myself~Cheers Kim

Blondie's Journal said...

I love this! I was wondering about the candle, too. I have several of these cups!

XO,
Jane

Joyce - Quilted Nest said...

Your blue jars were my favorite thing at your open house last year! It's not just the jars themselves - but how fabulous they look against all the white in your rooms.

Pamela said...

Those are just beautiful!! Thanx for coming to party and hope to see ya again real soon!

Kerin said...

What a beautiful and simple idea. Thanks for sharing. I'm going to give thesea try... and just maybe try some clear ones too. I have lots and lots of old canning jars.
I am now following your blog, and looking forward to reading your posts.
Have a beautiful day!

Zuni said...

These jars, and what you've done with them, are beautiful! Thanks for the tutorial on the salt! What a great idea! They would look great in our "beachy" bedroom and bath! And the greenery looks beautiful around them!

Honey at 2805 said...

Your jar ideas are brilliant and so pretty! Thanks for sharing this great idea!

I appreciate your participation in Potpourri Friday. Many thanks!

Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage said...

I never would have guessed that your faux snow was common table salt. It makes such a wonderful decoration, Esther. Thanks for the creative tip.

Thanks also for joining Time Travel Thursday again this week. I love visiting your lovely cottage and peeking at your pretty projects. ;)

Blessings,
Liz @ The Brambleberry Cottage
http://thebrambleberrycottage.blogspot.com/

Shannon said...

I a-dore aqua ball jars. Love the post.

HeartVintageDesign said...

Great idea for using the jars without tops!

Adrianne said...

I love the looks of this - it's never too early to start collecting Christmas ideas! I would love to have you come on over and link up at Freestyle Friday anytime this weekend!

Adrianne
www.happyhourprojects.com

Chlvie said...

I love this idea so simple and yet so beautiful. Great idea! I will be trying this myself I do believe off to the thirft store!

Cheryl~ZanyMayd said...

F A B U L O U S Idea! Thanks for sharing....

Robin said...

You are a genius! I am so using this idea the year. Love your styling BTW.

Liz said...

That is a great idea! They look so pretty and wintry with the ever green! Love it!


~Liz

Heaven's Walk said...

What a fantastic idea! Love this! Thanks for sharing! :)

xoxo laurie

Jami said...

Cute, cute! I love the first vignette- hope you don't mind if I replicate it in my home. ;-)

Jami @ An Oregon Cottage

Lee said...

What a great idea, I am going to use this idea for some outdoor lights for bar b ques this summer. I live in New Zealand so we are just starting our summer, well meant to be, its pouring outside at the moment.

I have just discovered your blog from a link in another one. I love the first vignette, very pretty.

Jenny@daysofchalkandchocolate said...

These are so beautiful! And I love that you can keep them up all winter. Thanks for linking it up to Latest and Greatest Friday! I can't wait to see what you link up this week!

Amy Kinser said...

I have blue ball jars all over my house and absolutely love them. This is a fabulous idea for Christmas. Thanks.

Blessings, Amy

Anita @ Cedar Hill Ranch said...

I just won (bought) some blue Mason jars on eBay, so I can't wait to see what all I can do with them.

Cathy @My 1929 Charmer said...

So simple, so pretty. Thanks for sharing, cause I have a lot of blue jars. thanks.

Pat said...

Thanks for the update on how you suspended the tea lights. I forgot who had blogged about the blue jars and couldn't find your post until today when I read the post announcing your new granddaughter. Congratulations!

Eva Beaule said...

I like this! I love using canning jars.

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I love this idea for Christmas you can use something other than salt? as some other type of product of decoration ?. I love the idea that you can decorate in any time just simply use your imagination how to decorate.


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