Make pretty luminaries that appear to be covered with freshly fallen snow using snow texture paint! Oh so gorgeous and perfect for the holidays, they are very easy to make. They will look great all lit up on your holiday table, upon the mantle or even lining the walk to your door. I’ll show you how to make some just like this!
If you aren’t like me and you don’t wander around your yard in the spring picking up pinecones, you can always buy a bag at the craft store. Yes, it’s spring when pinecones fall from trees, even though we commonly associate them with autumn.
Pinecones fall in spring to release seeds for new trees, just like any other tree releases seedlings. So don’t want until fall to go pinecone hunting or you may only find ones that have been obliterated by the elements and the occasional lawn mower.
Snow texture paint is thick and usually applied with a palette knife. You can use a paintbrush or even a craft stick, and you’ll see in this tutorial that I use my fingers too. Whatever works.
For this particular project I used Glistening Snow-Tex by DecoArt which has a glittery finish to it. They also make a Glistening Snow Writer, pictured above, that can be used to write with or add small details. I didn’t use the writer in this project, but it’s great for ornaments! I also used some lace to wrap around the tops of the jars, and some twine and baker’s twine.
I’ve made a lot of different luminaries but these are definitely among my all time favorites. The Sno-Tex dries nice and hard, so once you’re done you can move them around if you need to. I just love how wintery and festive they look! In fact, I think a few holly berries would be a really nice touch too.
I went a little crazy with the pictures, but I just couldn’t decide on my favorites.
So you’re getting them all!
To start I covered the rim or each jar with some lace.
On one of them I wrapped the entire rim with twine, on another I just tied some twine around the top. Do whatever makes you happy. That’s what I do.
You can add the pinecones by gluing the to twine and then to the jar, or glue them directly onto the lace near the rim. Again, whatever works!
Stir up the Snow-Tex, here I’m using a palette knife…
And here I’m using my fingers. I just find I have more control this way. Do whatever works for you. Put some Snow-Tex on the pinecones, then around the rims of the jars as well.
I added some epsom salts to the jars, about an inch or so, then put a candle down inside. I didn’t want to bump the drying Snow-Tex, so I used some tong to carefully add the candle. Now all you have to do is let the Snow-Tex dry for an hour or so.
There, aren’t they beautiful?
One of my favorite Christmas decorations this year!
- glass jar
- 2 pinecones
- Twine and/or baker's twine
- Hot glue gun
- Epsom salt
- Wash and dry jars.
- Glue lace around rim of jar.
- Tie twine around rim of jar.
- Attach pinecones to lace using hot glue.
- Decorate pinecones and top of jar rim with Snow-Tex.
- Add epsom salt to jar and insert candle.
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