Prepare Your Materials
Gather all of the materials you will need for your project. Make sure that your strand of lights is working properly. Check your markers to be sure that they have permanent ink. Semi-permanent ink will eventually wipe off your jar.
Wash Your Jar
Unscrew the metal band and remove the disk from your mason jar. Fill a sink with warm water. Add two or three squirts of liquid soap to the water. Mix the soap into the water until you have bubbles. Immerse your mason jar and the band of the lid into the water. You will not need the metal disk.
Decorate Your Jar
Use a permanent marker to create a decorative design around the exterior of your jar. Draw out your design on a piece of paper first. Tape the design to the inside of your jar and then trace it on the glass with a black marker. Allow the black ink to dry and then fill in the spaces of the design with other colors of ink. If you are giving this jar as a gift, you might want to write your name and the date on the bottom of the jar.
Fill Your Jar with Light
Take your strand of lights and carefully position them into the jar so that they are well distributed from top to bottom. Place the plug end of the lights over the rim of the jar, bending the wire down the back side of the container. Secure the wire in position by placing the band of the lid over the wire and the mouth of the jar.
Turn on Your Jar
Place your jar anywhere you want to add a little extra sparkle. Whether you want them for Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah or to celebrate the New Year, these jars are perfect for any festive occasion. If you’d like to create a more dramatic effect, consider creating more jars and displaying them together.