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Camping Craft: Mason Jar Lights

Camping Craft: Mason Jar Lights
Camping Craft: Mason Jar Lights
Messiness: Low
Age Range: 2y - 9y
Estimated Time: <30 mins

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Julie Kirkwood
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This is an easy and fun craft to take along when you go camping, or to brighten up any summer night. Colorful tape over mason jars with glow sticks inside create a dramatic effect to light up the night.

How We Did It

Camping Craft: Mason Jar Lights

I used jelly sized jars, purchased in a flat of 12 from a local grocery store, but you can use any size jars. The glow sticks are from the dollar store. I used 3 types of colorful tape: duct tape, packaging tape and washi tape. They all look great on the jars. The duct tape requires cutting with scissors. The packaging tape has its own cutting blade. The washi tape was the easiest to work with as it tears easily and doesn't require scissors.

Camping Craft: Mason Jar Lights
Have your child cut or tear sections of the tape they want to use. My four year old did amazingly well cutting through the very sticky and thick duct tape.
Camping Craft: Mason Jar Lights
Place tape all over the outside of the jar to cover completely.
Camping Craft: Mason Jar Lights

My 9-year-old easily wrapped the packaging tape with the cutting blade around the jar.

Camping Craft: Mason Jar Lights
Once the tape is sticking to the jar, press all around the jar to smooth out the air bubbles in the tape.
Camping Craft: Mason Jar Lights

SAFETY TIP: Place tape on the bottom of the jar as well. The tape will hold the pieces together if the jar gets dropped and broken.

Camping Craft: Mason Jar Lights
Wait until dusk, then activate your glow sticks or turn on your battery operated tea lights and place them inside the jars. I love how these turned out! An easy and fun craft by day, and a dramatic way to light up the night.

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