Beaded Frost Luminaries

Beaded Frost Luminaries from @amandaformaro

I really love the look of luminaries, especially in the garden. I have an herb garden that has plenty of green, but really no color to speak of. I’ve planted a few flowers in there each year to pretty it up, but it never seems to be quite enough. These soft colored luminaries add just the right amount of soft color and light and, since my herb garden is near the front door, double as a lovely way to welcome people to my home.

Beaded Frost Luminaries from @amandaformaro

All of these luminaries are made from recycled jars. I keep just about every jar once the contents have been used up. Therefore, with Earth Day right around the corner, and the weather getting warmer, I thought it would be a great time to share these with you.

Beaded Frost Luminaries from @amandaformaro

I used Martha Stewart Frost glass paint for this project. The colors I used are in the instructions below and it is formulated to withstand the outdoors.

Beaded Frost Luminaries from @amandaformaro

After painting the jars, fold you wire in half to find the center.

Beaded Frost Luminaries from @amandaformaro

Using the center of the wire as your starting point, hold the wire against the jar rim, wrap around and twist together in front to hold it in place.

Beaded Frost Luminaries from @amandaformaro

Wrap it several times around the jar rim. You should have a few inches of excess wire to add beads onto.

Beaded Frost Luminaries from @amandaformaro

Bend the wire upward so that when you add the beads they won’t fall off.

Beaded Frost Luminaries from @amandaformaro

Here’s where your round nose plier comes in. Use it to curl the ends of the wire. This serves as a decorative end and keeps the beads in place.

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Beaded Frost Luminaries from @amandaformaro

Here are the variations that I used to give you an idea. You can certainly do whatever designs you like!

Beaded Frost Luminaries from @amandaformaro

Then, simply light them up. You can use regular tea light candles or use the LED tea lights that don’t require a flame.

Beaded Frost Luminaries from @amandaformaro

These are safe to stay outside, but you may want to wipe them down once a week, and if you know it’s going to rain, bring them in so they don’t fill up with water. Enjoy!

Beaded Frost Luminaries from @amandaformaroBeaded Frost Luminaries from @amandaformaro

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Halloween Luminaries
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Party Paper Lantern – Bonbon Break


If you’d like to try another bead project, my friend Suzy has this pretty beaded and wire butterfly and she’ll show you how to make it!

Beaded Frost Luminaries


  1. Wash and remove any labels and glue residue from jars. Be sure they are completely dry.
  2. Paint the outside of the jars with the frost paint. it will appear streaky at first, but as you work your paintbrush over the glass, smoothing the surface out as you go, the paint will become more uniform. Allow it to dry for one hour.
  3. Spray the painted jars with sealer and let dry.
  4. Snip wire into 2-foot lengths. Find the center of your length of wire and hold it against the rim of the jar. Wrap both ends of wire around the rim and twist together to hold in place.
  5. Continue wrapping the wire, leaving a few inches at each end to add beads. Twist wire together again to keep it from unraveling.
  6. Bend wire upward so that when you thread your beads on they won't fall off.
  7. After adding your beads, use the round nose plier to curl the end of the wire to prevent your beads from falling off, and to add a decorative touch.
  8. Try variations by adding some beads to the wire that wraps around the jar rim.
  9. These are very pretty lit up at night as well! Use tea light candles or LED tea lights inside the jars.


  1. says

    Absolutely perfect! Going to use for our window sill. I keep wanting to get rid of our string lighting there but havent found anythin to put in their place–these are the perfect switch with a sweet Spring feel! Lovely, thank you for sharing!

  2. Hilda says

    I love your choice of color paints. I would use copper wire. With time it would have a pretty patina. Just a suggestion.

  3. Jennifer says

    Where do you buy the Martha Stewart frost glass paint? I checked my local Joann and Michaels stores and they did not carry it. Thanks!!!

    • says

      I bought mine at Michaels. However, if it’s not at your store (check Hobby Lobby if there’s one near you) you should be able to buy it online without a problem. Just do a google search for the paint line. :)

  4. Sue says

    I was disappointed in the paint finish on my jar. I use the same paint, trying a sponge brush and a good quality sable brush as well but the finish is still streaky looking. Tried to improve the look with a second coat but still not a nice smooth finish as shown in photos.
    Any tips?

    • says

      Hi Sue, I’m sorry you had trouble! In #2 of the printable instructions I say:

      “Paint the outside of the jars with the frost paint. it will appear streaky at first, but as you work your paintbrush over the glass, smoothing the surface out as you go, the paint will become more uniform. Allow it to dry for one hour.”

      It’s true that the finish will be streaky. To fix that you have to keep smoothing out the paint with your paintbrush. If it siple won’t smooth out, you may have too much paint on the brush and jar. You can use either a dry brush or clean off the one you are using to help smooth out the finish. As with spray painting, 203 thin coats works much better than 1-2 thicker coats. Hope that helps!

  5. abby says

    I’m thinking of ways to fix my garden this spring and make it really nice, this is the perfect touch on it! I’m going to try and see how it fits my garden :).

  6. Kay the Country Bumpkin says

    You add a wonderful creative touch to all of your creations. Thank you! I definitely want to use some of your ideas!!


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