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Kids Can Make Their Own Light-Up Fairy Jars by Brenda Ponnay for

Make Your Own Light-Up Fairy Jars for Kids

By Brenda Ponnay

In my family, we’ve always had a a soft spot in our hearts for fairies.  And, I believe in keeping the magic alive as long as possible. So, when I first came across these battery operated LED lights, I just knew we had to incorporate them into a craft. Whether you are hosting a woodland-themed party or just having some summertime fun, these light-up Fairy Jars are so easy to make!

Supplies needed to make light up fairy jars

Supplies needed to make Light-up Fairy Jars

  • mason jars (get the wide-mouthed ones if you can for ease of use)
  • battery-operated LED lights like these or these
  • reindeer moss
  • pretty pebbles, rocks or stones
  • faux flowers
  • sticks, feathers, tiny pinecones, seashells etc…
  • hot glue* (or white craft glue)

steps for making light-up fairy jars (hot gluing)

Directions to make Light-up Fairy Jars

First you’ll want to attach your mason jar lid parts. Run a bead of glue around the rim and then carefully insert the centerpiece. Then glue your lighting element to the lid with the switch exposed for ease of use.

*A note about glue guns: hot glue can burn! We hosted a tween party with experienced crafters who have used glue guns many times and are very familiar with how not to burn themselves but if you are hosting a party of children, be sure to have a grown-up on hand to do this step. We cannot stress that enough.

crafting party to make light-up fairy jars

We set up a table with a plate of rocks, pebbles, shells, feathers, flowers, sticks and moss in the middle and a glue gun station at one end. Each girl took turns gluing their pieces and parts while the others spent time arranging their jar in the most “fairy”-hospitable manner. You’ll be amazed at all the creative combinations your guests can come up with! Just give them supplies and some glue and let the fun happen.

Light-Up Fairy Jars

When the tweens were done decorating we turned on the lights and took some photos. We had so much fun taking pictures that we scheduled another meet-up to go down to a near by lake at twilight for even more photos when the fairy lights illuminate up even more magically.

Kids walking to the water with light-up fairy jars

It was an adventure and a half!

Children holding Light-up fairy jars at sunset by the water

Then each girl took their fairy jar home to use as a homemade nightlight. These would make great party favors or even better, lighting for a campout sleepover! Yes, they also look like a jar of fireflies (or maybe you call then lightning bugs– depending where you live in the country).

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About the Author

Brenda Ponnay

Brenda Ponnay is an author and illustrator who loves to craft and make big messes when she’s not working on her books. Whether it’s painting, baking, drawing, making castles out of card...

Brenda Ponnay is an author and illustrator who loves to craft and make big messes when she’s not working on her books. Whether it’s painting, baking, drawing, making castles out of cardboard boxes or just doing the laundry with flair, Brenda Ponnay has learned that what really makes her happy is being creative every single day.

You can read about all her crazy adventures on her personal blog: Secret Agent Josephine.

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I’ve said this before but teaching tool safety early is far better than taking over. The best preschool I know has (low-temp) glue guns available for the kids to use themselves. The job of adults is to teach the safety rules and supervise. I’m not advocating to let children burn themselves but to empower them to use tools safely, because they are capable.
That said, very cute.