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Potpourri and Lights Jar



Using a strand of lights, potpourri and doilies you can create this fabulous gift in a jar. You can mix and match and make it however you wish. Green doilies or white, whatever fits your personality. Makes for a great Christmas gift.

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  • Mason Jar
  • Strand of 30 lights (colored or white)
  • Small bag of potpouri (pine or holiday fragrance)
  • Doily
  • Rubber band
  • Ribbon



  1. Put the lights & potpouri in the Mason jar.
  2. Leave the plug-in out.
  3. Put doily over the top of jar & put rubberband around the top.
  4. Tie ribbon around the rubberband.
  5. Plug in lights & the heat from the lights will heat up the potpouri.
  6. It looks pretty & smells great.


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Oct 25, 2013

one of my favorites


Dec 9, 2011

@Nicolette, As with any holiday lights, please use caution when the lights are plugged in; make sure you unplug them when no one is home. --editors of FaveCrafts


8 Ratings

Dec 8, 2011

I love this and want to make some, but I am worried about it being flammable. Is it?


Apr 2, 2011



Apr 2, 2011

I use battery operated lights, I usually get them at Walgreens. Only 15 on a string so depending on the size of the jar I sometimes only need one string. I also make a padded lid top, something like a pincushion and put rick/rack or ribbon around the lid edge. Yes the lid must be opened to turn lights off and on, but to me its better than un unweildly cord protruding. Of course if you have a dremel tool you can make a hole at the base of the jar for the plug in, or the battery pack, to come out of.


Apr 2, 2011

I have seen these jars smolder, but not burst into flame. I am sure if the person who had this jar hadn't seen it smoldering it would have burst soon. I feel it should be treated like a lite candle and never should be left unattended.


Jan 4, 2010

I have made this product for years and it IS a wonderful gift for someone when you don't really know what to get them. It's sol simple and the aroma is wonderful when you plug the lights in. Also very pretty and a great conversation piece.


Dec 27, 2009

Although this is a beautiful and really nice gift, one must be aware of fire dangers with this. The lights get hot and the potpouri can catch on fire. I have personnaly seen this happen.


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