Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Jar Light Tutorial

Good morning. :)  I hope everyone is having a relaxing week after the Christmas rush.  I am getting a few things done around the house that have needed attention for a while now.  Vacations come just in the nick of time, don't they?!  I was planning to go to school to do some work today, but it's finally snowing here.  And blowing.  A lot.  I have to make that snowy blowy drive when school's in session, but today I can choose the comfort of home instead.  There's always tomorrow for a day at school playing catch-up.  Or the next day.

My holiday decorating was pretty minimalist this year.  But I had a phone call Monday night and arrangements were made to have people in on Tuesday night.   Yikes!  Well the area that was most in need of at least a little something was my stairs.  They were bare.  Na da.  Nothing.  Zip.
So I thought about what I have on hand, and this is what I came up with:
Please ignore the fact that the stairs are
"temporary" - unpainted plywood and all.
Here's the quick how-to.  I had the jars on hand because I didn't make strawberry jam this year.  (Next year... There is always next year.)

This is a branch of greens that I have had for a few years now.  I use wire cutters to harvest what I need.

Cut really close to where it "branches".

Use a berry pick which you picked up on a huge sale.
Just pull one strand out at a time.  It's actually rather therapeutic.
I used two berry strands and two "branches" from the greens.
Twist the ends of the greens together to make a circle.
Wind the berry strands around that.
Set the mini wreath on top of the jar and place the candle in it.
Hmmm... needs something....
A strand or two of the berries wrapped around?
They were going to be a pain when turning the
candles on and off.
I think it needs snow...
What do I have that looks like snow?
This stuff - and better yet I'll still be able to
use it when I'm done with the jars!
Didn't use this funnel for jam last June,
but it came in handy for this job!
Those little pellets are pretty bouncy, so pour slowly!
This was the kind of look I was going for.  Simple.
I love the soft light from the jars going up my stairs.
I think I'll add some of my snowmen to the empty stairs and this look will be good for me through January. :)
Have a lovely day!