Loving the dollar store for Christmas crafts! Light up the Christmas decorations and learn how to make this Dollar Store Craft Lighted Vase for the holiday season. This is a very easy dollar store Christmas craft that is flexible enough for all ages.
Turn this dollar store craft into a recycled craft! I have no doubt the materials are also in your craft drawer and who doesn’t have unused extra glass containers or vases. Even the littles can help with picking out the colors and practice their glue skills making a practical Christmas decoration.
How To Make Christmas Dollar Store Craft: Lighted Vase
Used vase or glass container or mason jars
Self Stick jewels (optional)
Modge Podge or glue to make your own
Fairy lights or flameless candles
If making your own modge podge mix 1 cup glue to 1/3 cup water. Thin or thicken as needed.
When choosing the container it is easier to start with containers that have straight flat sides.
- Decide upon the colors of the vase.
- Measure the length of the vase from top to bottom.
- Add 1/2″ to the length. This will allow for extra length at the top and bottom to adjust if needed.
- Cut tissue strips in the length from step 3 by 1″ for the width.
- On a piece of tissue paper, trace the bottom of the vase on the tissue paper.
- This circle will become the base to attach the strips of tissue to on the bottom of the vase.
- Trim the circle to make it slightly smaller than the bottom of the vase.
- Apply a layer of modge podge to the bottom of the vase.
- Apply the tissue paper circle to the modge podge.
- Brush a layer of modge podge on top of the circle.
- Begin modge podging the vase in sections. Each section equals one strip of tissue paper.
- Apply modge podge to the first section.
- Apply a strip of tissue paper with one end on the top, lined up flush with top of the vase.
- Bring the strip of aper down to the bottom of the vase. The end of the tissue paper will be glued to the bottom of the vase.
- This is where you can adjust as necessary. Shorten the tissue paper if needed with its’ end on the bottom of the vase.
- Apply a layer of modge podge over the tissue paper.
- Tip! If the circle on the bottom of the vase has gotten to dry, just add a dab of modge podge to the circle to refresh the area.
- Now repeat for each strip of tissue paper. Lining up the strips side by side, a little overlap is fine.
- After completing all strips, the last strip may need to have the width trimmed to fit, let the vase dry.
- Optional but also fun is adding Santa or Christmas art to the vase. Use clip art or cut out a figure from wrapping paper and glue to the vase after all the strips have been completed.
- If you are adding jewels or bows or ribbons to the vase I suggest letting the vase dry overnight.
Tissue Paper Tips: There are two ways to place the tissue paper strips side by side and it is your preference. The strips can be overlapped and this will make a slight stripe where the two colors overlap. The second way is to place the tissue paper side by side with the edges just touching: this method does take longer and requires more decision.
The final look of the vase is slightly different depending upon the method, but all goes! I like the overlap method because it is easier, quicker and any age child can participate.
Light Up The Christmas Vase
It is very very easy to light up the vase and it really adds a nice glow to the Christmas decorations! You can use flameless candles or battery operated twinkle or fairly lights. It is important to chose the battery operated lights so you don’t have an unwieldy cord to deal with or find an outlet.
Now fill the lighted vase with flowers, candy canes, lollipops or yummy homemade candy. I love using these vases for candy cane holders! Use scrap ribbon to tie around the top of the vase and finish with a bow. Then fill the vase up with goodies as a teacher gift, neighbor gift or stocking stuffer gift.
A fun twist is to use white tissue paper and use twinkle lights with multiple colors for a very festive holiday vase. If using real flowers use a mini water vial to ensure the flowers remain fresh.
Dollar Store Lighted Vases
Tis the season! Making lighted vases were such fun and looking around the house I found more unused glass containers to recycle into lighted holiday vases.
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