Frosted Winter Mason Jars: Snowy Luminaries Craft

Decorate your home with these beautiful snowy winter mason jars. These are a great way to use up glass jars and decorate with all winter long. I’ll show you the step by step tutorial for making these snowy mason jars.

More fun holiday projects for winter: Snowy Winter WreathRainbow Snowflake Pillow, and Wood Slice Ornaments.

Winter is a time of cozy nights, warm drinks, and festive decorations. One popular DIY project that can add a touch of magic to your winter decor is creating winter mason jars. These beautiful jars can be used as candle holders, vases, or simply as decorative pieces to bring the winter wonderland indoors. In this blog post, we will guide you through the step by step process of making your own winter mason jar crafts, and provide tips and variations to make them unique to your style.

Why You’ll Love This Project:

There are several reasons why you’ll love making winter mason jars. Firstly, it’s a fun and creative activity that you can do alone or with friends and family. It’s a great way to spend a winter afternoon, especially if you’re looking for a craft that is both relaxing and rewarding. Secondly, the end result is absolutely stunning. The combination of the snowy trees and the soft glow of the candlelight creates a cozy and magical ambiance in any room. Whether you’re decorating for a holiday party or simply want to add a touch of winter charm to your home, these mason jars are sure to impress.


Here are the supplies you will need for making this craft. You can find these things at your local craft store, the dollar store, or even Hobby Lobby if you prefer.

  • Mason jar
  • Christmas/Holiday wrapping paper – preferably with a tree pattern 
  • Mod Podge
  • Paint brush (I prefer a foam brush)
  • Scissors
  • Epsom Salt
  • White Glitter/Faux snow
  • Flameless tea lights or real tea lights


Here are the steps to make your own mason jar luminaries for the winter and holiday season.

  1. Wash and dry your glass jar.
  2. Cut out wrapping paper design. Leaving plenty of room above the wrapping paper pattern to create a “snowy sky.”
  3. Apply a thin coat of Mod Podge on the lower portion of the jar.
  4. Carefully place the wrapping paper onto the jar and wrap it around cutting off any excess or overlapping wrapping paper. Allow a few minutes to dry.
  5. Add 4 oz epsom salt and white glitter and/or faux snow to a bowl and mix.
  6. Apply a coat of Mod Podge above the wrapping paper covering the entire jar. Making sure to apply the Mod Podge only to the top of the wrapping paper to create “snow topped” trees. Sprinkle epsom salt/glitter mixture using a spoon.
  7. Allow everything to dry completely before displaying or adding a flameless tea light.

To seal in the glitter and snow, add an additional coat of Mod Podge on top of the epsom salt and glitter mixture to keep it in place. Or feel free to use a spray sealer to seal in the glitter.

How to Use the Craft:

To use your winter mason jars, simply place a flameless candle inside the jar and enjoy the soft glow of the candlelight. A real teal light may be used too, but be careful to remember your lit candle. Another way to light up the mason jar is to fill the jar with battery operated string lights.

You can also use them as vases by adding fresh or artificial flowers. These jars make beautiful centerpieces to place on a dining room table for winter parties or can be placed around your home to create a cozy atmosphere.

Variations for the Frosted Mason Jars:

There are multiple ways to make these mason jar votive candles your own. Here are five different variations to try after you complete the steps above or omitting or altering a step or two.

Snowy Scene Mason Jar: After adding the snowy epsom salt mixture around the rim of the mason jar, fill a mason jar with fake snow or epsom salt, and add miniature trees, figurines, and a small string of battery-operated fairy lights. Secure the lid and tie a ribbon around the jar for a festive touch. This will work for a waterless mason jar snow globe.

Winter Wonderland Mason Jar: Paint the outside of a mason jar with white acrylic paint and let it dry. Then, use a hot glue gun to attach small plastic snowflakes or snowflake stickers to the jar. Fill the jar with battery-operated tea lights or fairy lights for a magical winter glow.

Cozy Candle Holder Mason Jar: Wrap a mason jar with a strip of plaid or flannel fabric and secure it with hot glue or twine after the snowy outside of the jar has dried. Place a small pillar candle or a battery-operated candle inside the jar for a cozy and rustic winter centerpiece.

Frosted Mason Jar Vase: Skip the wrapping paper and apply the epsom salt snowy mixture to the entire jar to create a frosty appearance. Fill the jar with fresh or faux winter flowers, such as white roses, evergreen sprigs, or pine branches and pine cones, for a beautiful and seasonal centerpiece.

Hot Cocoa Mason Jar Gift: Layer the ingredients for homemade hot cocoa in a mason jar, such as cocoa powder, sugar, and mini marshmallows. Attach a tag with instructions on how to make the hot cocoa, and decorate the jar with ribbon or twine for a thoughtful and delicious winter gift.

Snowman Mason Jar: Apply the epsom salt and glitter mixture to the entire jar using the Mod Podge. Use buttons or paint markers to add a face and buttons to the jar. Feel free to tie on a scarf to make a cute little snowman jar.

Common Questions about Winter Mason Jars:

Can I use regular wrapping paper instead of holiday wrapping paper?

Yes, you can use any type of wrapping paper that you like. However, holiday wrapping paper with a tree pattern adds a festive touch to the mason jars.

Can I use scrapbook paper instead of wrapping paper?

Yes, any paper will work great for this project, but thinner paper will adhere more closely to the jars, than thicker paper.

Can I use real snow instead of epsom salt and glitter?

While real snow can add a realistic touch to the mason jars, it may melt and create a mess. Using epsom salt and glitter provides a similar effect without the risk of melting.

In conclusion, creating winter mason jars is a delightful and rewarding DIY project that can add a touch of magic to your winter decor. Whether you choose to make them with the rustic wood slice tree ornament variation or stick to the classic snowy trees, these mason jars are sure to bring warmth and charm to your home during the winter season. So gather your supplies, get creative, and enjoy the process of making your own winter mason jars. Happy Crafting!

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I’m Emily, a mom and wife with a passion for crafting, celebrating holidays, and creating memorable moments. From Idaho to the world, The Benson Street is a treasure trove of easy, fun DIY projects, delightful printables, and delicious recipes. With over a decade of experience in blogging and a love for all things seasonal, I’m here to share my tips, ideas, and occasional mishaps. Join me in adding a dash of joy and creativity to every day! Read more…

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