Light Up Christmas Tree Tutorial {guest post}

*Hey everybody! Season 14 of So You Think You’re Crafty is going to be fantastic. However, it won’t be starting until the New Year – we decided to let the crafters have a little break and family time too :) . But I have a great schedule of guest posts and shop spotlights lined up from now until then. Have a great Holiday season and see you all after the New Year!*

Hello all you lovely SYTYC readers, I’m BreAnna from Peacoats & Plaid. I am delighted to be guest posting today for such a neat crafty blog 🙂 Let me give you a little background on yours truly…

I started my blog in 2010 (in my days before Pinterest) to keep track of and share all of my home decor and DIY projects. It was a hobby that I plugged away at randomly. 2 years later and it has since become an almost full time gig and I LOVE it!

Anywho, without further ado…

I can’t say that I came up with this idea on my own, my mom actually made one “before being crafty was cool.” She’s the ultimate craft hipster. I’ve always wanted one of my own, so when my little Bean was in the baby food stage I saved every single jar with the intentions of using them for crafty goodness.

I started by cleaning off all of the label residue from the jars. In hindsight, you probably don’t need to do as good of a job as I did as it is going to be covered. In fact, you just may be able to skip this step altogether. Learn from my mistake 🙂

Starting at the end of the lights that you plug in, glue 2 lights into the inside of the jar with hot glue. The more, the better. This is the only jar that you will glue 2 lights inside, all of the rest will be 3. (try to ignore my hideous manicure, I’m way overdue)

Repeat last step with 3 lights. These 2 jars will be the base of the tree.

Using hot glue, attach the tinsel garland around the bottom and between the 2 jars.

Glue the jars together (again with hot glue) and finish off the base by attaching garland all the way around the top of the 2 jars. Cut the remaining garland off and secure loose end with more hot glue.

Glue 3 lights to the inside of 2 more jars starting with the outside jar. Make sure you are working up the tree in a weaving pattern with the lights. These jars will be hanging off the side of the base and will make up one edge of the bottom tier of the tree (which will have 5 jars total).

Attach tinsel around each jar individually with hot glue.

Glue the jars together.

Attach the jars to the base with hot glue. The 2nd jar should be slightly hanging off the edge of the base.

Glue 3 more lights to the inside of the next jar. Attach to the middle of the base with hot glue. Repeat the steps to make the 2nd edge of the bottom tier as you did before. Finish off the row by gluing tinsel to the top of the middle jar.

Work through the next 4 rows by gluing 3 lights to the inside of a jar, attaching to the previous row in a pyramid shape, repeat that step until you finish out the row, then attach tinsel garland to the sides, between, and top of the row with hot glue. Here is the amount of jars each row should have: Base (2), Row 1 or bottom (5), Row 2 (4) Row 3 (3) Row 4 (2) Row 1 or top (1).

Finish off the tree by making sure all the jars are securely glued to one another. Attach an additional row of tinsel garland around the entire tree to cover up the sides of the jars.

… and here she is in all her shiny glory, just waiting to be plugged in 🙂

As you can see, the back isn’t the prettiest. You could pretty it up a bit by squeezing the extra cord into each jar. I didn’t mind because when I display the tree you can’t see the back.

I love the groovy effect the jars give to the lights. FYI I used LED lights for this project so if you use the old school string lights you may get a different effect.

There you have it. Now you can make our own kitsch-tastic baby food jar light up Christmas tree 🙂

Hope you enjoyed, stop on by Peacoats & Plaid anytime if you have any questions or just to say hello! A big thank you to Missy for having me 🙂


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  1. ColleenB. says

    Beautiful.I must say, have never seen one made using aby food jars. Love it.
    Hubby and I had made trees similiar years ago to put outside.
    Made wooden frame, drilled holes for the lights and used the aluminum pie pans as the reflectors but now we use the so called ‘trash’ CD’s. It’s gorgeous when the lights reflect off the CD’s