Glittery Santa’s Belly Jar

My original intention was to create Christmas luminary jars with this design. However, I’ve decided to use these to hold candy canes instead. :) Turns out that jars covered in glitter just don’t light up as nice as I had hoped.


On their own they sure are pretty though, especially in the sunlight!

See that sparkle in that top pic and this one here? Do you have any idea how hard it is to take a photograph of something sparkly? Next to impossible. Out of probably 30 shots, I got TWO with sparkle. LOL!

Above is a VIDEO of the sparkle effect – it’s worth the 7 seconds it takes to watch it, so click “play”!

Recently Martha Stewart glitter went on sale at Michael’s. I’ve been wanting to try it after reading all over the blogosphere last year just how wonderful it is, so in the cart it went. I can’t wait to try it on some ornaments this year! (This is not a sponsored review, this is a product I purchased on my own and this is my honest opinion).

The glitter is a little pricey, but if you use a 40% Michael’s or other craft store coupon or get it on sale you can get a good deal. Be sure to capture all the glitter as it falls so you can return the excess to the jars.

If you would like to make some glittery Santa’s belly jars of your own…

You will need

mason jar(s)
masking tape
Mod Podge or white craft glue
Martha’s glitter (black, red, gold, white)

ANOTHER CRAFTY IDEA >>  Bottle Cap Flower

What you do

Wrap the center of the jar with a strip of masking tape. Be sure to press all the edges down, particularly around the raised letters on the jar, if there are any.

Use the paintbrush to apply Mod Podge or glue to the bottom section of the jar, overlapping the masking tape a little to be sure you get adequate coverage. Place hand inside jar and hold over a paper plate, sprinkling glitter onto glued area, turning with your hand and wrist. Continue until all glue is covered. Repeat this with the top section of the jar, but not the rim. Gently tap off the excess glitter onto the plate. Let this dry for at least an hour.

Carefully remove the tape from the center of the jar. Paint the center of the jar with Mod Podge or glue and sprinkle with black glitter. Gently tap off excess glitter. Let dry for about 30 minutes.

To add the buckle, pipe glue onto the black glitter, carefully spreading to the width you want using a paintbrush. Sprinkle with gold glitter and tap off excess.

Use a paintbrush to add glue or Mod Podge to the rim of the jar. Sprinkle with white glitter and tap off excess.

If you liked this you will probably like my Santa’s Belly Ornament as well!

And don’t miss my friend Meaghan’s fabulous Santa Belly Cookie Pops!!


  1. Robin says

    How darling!!! Please drop in if you have a minute and add this to All Things Merry & Brite Linky tomorrow!
    All Things Heart and HOme

  2. Cynthia R. Hallum says

    These are great, I think my grand kids would love this project with grandma.

  3. Jennifer says

    This is one of the cutest things I've ever seen. I had already seen you linked up on Hope Studios and clicked over. I didn't even realize it was your blog at the time.

  4. [email protected] says

    Amanda, these candles are so cute, you might actually get me crafting ;)

  5. Lorie says

    That is such a cute idea! I actually think I am going to make some homemade raspberry jelly to give away with some homemade rolls this year and decorate the jar just like that!!

    I will be featuring this tomorrow!!

  6. Megan says

    Amanda, these are adorable. Too bad they didn't light up very well but I could see using these to giveaway homemade candies. Think I need to run to Michaels. I think I even have a coupon!

  7. Lana @ Never Enough Thyme says

    Those are really cute, Amanda. I think a group of different size jars done all the same would be neat!

  8. thatgirlblogs says

    randomly, I have a bunch of unused mason jars! loved the video — I am going to put bags of homemade fudge in ours. I love, love, love this idea, thank you!

  9. Stephanie says

    saw this on Mod Podge Rocks and I LOVE it! The way it shines in the video and the sound of your Cricut…ahhhh, love it all. :)

  10. Sandy says

    I totally love this! The little video of sparkliness almost took my breath away… ok – not really – but it sure does look pretty!

  11. Erin says

    These are super cute!! I'm kind of like you, I would have thought those would have made fantastic candle holders. But they make cute treat holders too!! :)

  12. Alana says

    looking at this, I got to thinking how to make a luminary using this design – You could use that paint they sell for making faux stained glass. It probably wouldn’t take all that much longer to make, although you might need 2 layers to get the colour to show properly with a candle, but I’d be willing to bet the effect with the lit candle would be quite interesting.

  13. Margaret says

    Thank you for the wonderful inspiration to make this! I actually painted under the glitter (yes it did take a bit more time) but a candle inside now looks beautiful! Also, after all the glitter was completed, I put a heavy layer of hairspray on it so the glitter won’t “move” as much. :)
    Thank you again!!!


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