Whether you’re an adult or a kid, painting with watercolors can result in some beautiful pieces of art, even if you are an amateur at best with the paintbrush. One use of watercolors many may not think of off the top of their heads is creating a colorful luminary—and out of a simple glass mason jar no less!
This project, requiring few supplies and little to no artistic talent, is not only an easy way to spend a relaxing afternoon, but it also produces some incredible DIY lighting that you’d likely pay at least $20 for in the store—except it wouldn’t be nearly as personalized to you. Calling for any design you want—multi-colored, single-hued, etc.—these luminaries only require a couple of coffee filters, a clean mason jar, and some additional inexpensive supplies. The end result would likely even work well as a gift for holidays like Mother’s Day or Valentine’s Day. So, if you think you want to give this project a try, check out our guide below and get started!
Supplies and Materials
- Watercolor paints
- Sponger applicator or large paintbrush
- 2 coffee filters, white
- 1 mason jar
- Mod Podge matte or similar decoupage medium
- Twine or ribbon
- Paper towels or newspaper
Directions for Watercolor Luminaries
- To start, lay the paper towels or newspaper on your work surface.
- Set the coffee filters on your paper towels/newspaper and start painting with your watercolor paint colors of choice. Once you have finished, let the coffee filters dry completely.
- Tear the dry painted coffee filters into small but manageable pieces. The final size of the pieces is entirely your call—smaller pieces might be easier for some to attach onto the mason jar’s surface. Also, smaller pieces, roughly two inches, equal fewer wrinkles.
- Smear a slight coat of the Mod Podge onto a small part of the mason jar. Set one coffee filter piece on the Mod Podge, and then add a thin layer over the piece, which should secure it onto the jar.
- Now, repeat the previous two steps, slightly overlapping the painted pieces, until the outside of the jar is completely covered. The rim should be untouched.
- With the outside of the jar covered, apply one more generous (not dripping) layer of Mod Podge onto everything. Allow the jar to completely dry.
- To add additional decoration, tie a piece of twine or a ribbon around the jar’s rim and secure with Mod Podge, hot glue, or regular glue. Enjoy your watercolor luminary!
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