Jam Jar Luminaries aka Faeries in a Jar

Super Simple Crafts

I’ve seen pictures of these jars pop up in Facebook and Pinterest from time to time and decided to make them myself. Definitely a craft project for adults, but it is simple and only takes 20 minutes or so.

These jam jar luminaries add a delightfully cool glow to a dark evening on the deck or campsite.

You will need:

Empty, clean, jam jars

Glow sticks – necklaced sized, usually come 3 or 4 to a package for a $1



Rubber gloves

Plastic grocery bags (work surface)

Craft scissors

Safety glasses

Super Simple Crafts

I did this project outdoors. Lay plastic grocery bag(s) on your work surface.

Put on your rubber gloves and saftey glasses.

Open your jars and set lids aside.

Crack glow sticks all along length.

Fold in half and hold onto tops while putting v-shape end in jar.

Carefully use your scissors to cut at fold while keeping v-end of glow stick in the jar.

Fluid and small glass particles (from the inner tube of glowing fluid) will flow out into jar.

Repeat with one or two more glow sticks.

Add glitter and/or tulle. (I used fine glitter, I think bigger glitter would yield a different sparkle.)

Screw jar lid on tightly.

Wrap up your work surface and dispose of it.

Enjoy the glow!

Tips: If you are impatient with the flow of liquid, you can carefully use your scissors to not quite cut through the top of the plastic tube.

When you retire for the evening, if you put the luminaries in the fridge overnight, you may get another evening’s use out of them.

I think these luminaries would also be pretty with twine tied securely aroung the throat of the bottle and hung up.

The blue jar has white glow sitck fluid with blue and gold glitter added.

The yellow/green jar has yellow glow stick fluid and a piece of tulle added.

The red jar has red glowstick fluid and red glitter added.

Heroes never go out of fashion

Vintage and near vintage art is popularly repurposed in jewelry and mixed media art. I have not decided what I will make with this piece, maybe a card later in the month for Operation Write Home’s annual blog hop, maybe a piece of jewelry. However, when I ran across this poster my son is the first person who came to mind.

Standing_Tall Armed Forces Day poster 1951

The poster is circa 1951 and celebrates National Armed Forces Day. Here is the poster for May 18, 2013:


On February 27, 1950, President Harry Truman signed the proclamation declaring the third Saturday in May National Armed Forces Day. Parades at military bases in the US and abroad marked the day.

“Armed Forces Day, Saturday, May 20, 1950, marks the first combined demonstration by America’s defense team of its progress, under the National Security Act, towards the goal of readiness for any eventuality. It is the first parade of preparedness by the unified forces of our land, sea, and air defense,” President Truman said.

Here are a few more photos nabbed from the DOD site.


PASSING IN REVIEW – Airmen from Andrews AFB, Md., salute President Harry S. Truman during a parade down Constitution Avenue in Washington, D.C. (AFD-1951)


PEERING AT CONTROLS – Future pilots check out the controls of a jet during an open house at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan. (AFD-1956)


PERFORMING AT THEIR BEST – The National Guard band of Washington D.C., performs on the grounds of the Washington Monument. (AFD-1976)

108th Army Band AZ

Arizona has its own Army National Guard Band that performs around the state.The jazz section is particularly super! http://www.108tharmyband.com/Home.aspx There are many military bands around the US. If you would like to request a band perform in your community you can do that HERE.




If your desire is to create something nice for our men and women currently in service check out the inspiration and instructions for making blank cards for them to send  to loved ones at Operation Write Home where more than 2 million cards have been deployed since 2007.


A Gift for Your Table or Another’s

Need a fast hostess gift? Does your child want to make a present for their teacher? Just want something new on your dinner table tonight?

Terri O

“Vintage Snowman” Crafted by Carol for Terri O

This craft project upcycles two items, a wine bottle (washed) and jewelry (some you have and never seem to wear or perhaps some great thrift store finds). You can use it as a candle holder for a dripless candle or a a vase for a single flower.

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“Smiles” Crafted by Carol for Terri O


Pretty paper – I used scrapbook paper

Embellishments – ribbons, jewelry, paper flowers

Recycled wine bottle


Strong craft glue or Glue Gun with glue sticks

Scissors or paper cutter

Terri O

“Merry & Bright” Crafted by Carol for Terri O


1. Set wine bottle on a flat surface and place paper around it. Not all bottles are blown equally, your paper will probably overlap on small bottles and it might have a small gab with larger ones. Decide where you want to cut or tear the paper and do so.

2. If you are adding a  brooch, go ahead and carefully pin it to the paper and tape across the pinback on the back side of the paper for extra security.

3. Glue on paper.

4. Tear or cut paper for the throat of the bottle and glue on.

5. Embellish with ribbon.

Project time is about 10 minutes per bottle once you have chosen your paper and embellishments.