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How To Make Lighted Potpourri Jars

Lighted potpourri jars will make a festive addition to your holiday decor. They're easy to make, inexpensive, and they make great gifts.

You can place them on a small table near your entrance door, in a hallway, or use them as centerpieces for your dining room table!

Materials Required:
  • 1 strand of Christmas lights (about 20 bulbs)
  • Wide-mouth canning jar
  • Potpourri
  • Colorful holiday ribbon
  • Pinecones, assorted small holiday decorations
  • Holiday fabric cut to fit over the mouth of the jar
  • Glue gun
How to assemble the potpourri jar:

First, check the lights. Plug in the light strand and see if any of the bulbs are burned out and need to be replaced. Arrange the light strand along with the potpourri in the jar while the lights are lit up. This will help you get the arrangement of the materials just right and you'll be able to see what the finished jar will look like.

Next, place the fabric on top of the jar, placing the cord of the light strand so that it's coming out of the jar where you want the back to be. Tie a short length of ribbon around the neck of the jar to hold the fabric in place where you want it. When you have it just the way you like it, use the hot glue gun to attach the fabric and ribbon to the jar in several places so it will stay in place.

Decorate the outside of the jar with festive decorations, such as pine cones or artificial holly berries. Craft stores have a wide variety of inexpensive holiday decorations that you can use for this purpose.

Try using different potpourri scents. The lights in the jar will warm up the potpourri and help the aroma throughout the room.

These jars are very pretty and they'll look different depending on if you use clear or colored lights. Potpourri jars make great 
last-minute gift ideas!

Rachel Paxton is a freelance writer and mom. She is the author of What's for Dinner?, an e-cookbook containing more than 250 quick easy dinner ideas. For recipes, crafts, tips to organize your home, home decorating tips, and frugal family fun, visit Creative Homemaking at: www.creativehomemaking.com.

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