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Recycled Decoupage Luminary Jars

By: Melony Bradley

Make everyday Earth Day with Recycled Decoupage Luminary Jars from Melony Bradley. Save old jars, clean them out and decorate the outside with tissue paper and other meaningful images. Display them indoors on a table or outside on a porch in the summertime.

Recycled Decoupage Luminary Jars


  • Grocery bag
  • Foam brush
  • Aleene's Collage Pauge
  • Glass jar
  • Vintage encyclopedia paper
  • Acrylic paint
  • Foam stamp
  • Jute or hemp
  • Optional: Heart or clover-shaped punches


  1. The luminaries were created by tearing a brown grocery bag into small pieces and using a foam brush and Aleene's Collage Pauge to layer the pieces over the glass until the glass is covered. Be careful not to layer too heavily, you want to see the pretty candle glow peeking through.
  2. I used vintage encyclopedia paper and wrapped it around the center of the jar. I used acrylic paint to stamp over the paper using large foam stamp motifs accented by smaller butterflies, circles, etc. Simple jute or black hemp makes an easy accent to complete this rustic look.
  3. If you want to something a little more festive for St Pat's Day, try using heart shaped punches to create cardstock clovers. Marvy Uchida makes a great variety of these in all shapes and sizes.

    Recycled Decoupage Luminary Jars
  4. Layer festive colors of tissue paper over the dark green clovers using the collage pauge. This would be a great project to do with kids and a terrific way to celebrate St Patricks Day!
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Love this site! And so many good ideas, especially for us in the later part of our lives. My brain feels inspired and I look forward to starting one of the many projects. Thank you so much.

@juneisbel and @lisawright01: Tea lights, as mentioned by @Iceni should be OK - the sand will protect the bottom of the jar from the heat of real ones, as well as giving the jar a bit of weight to stop it falling/getting knocked over too easily. I don't know how fire/flame resistant (if at all) Aleene's Collage Pauge is, but if you put the paper on the outside, that shouldn't be a problem. If you do put the paper on the inside, you'd be best-off using battery-operated tea lights. If a light isn't bright enough, you can remove the plastic 'flame' and/or use several per jar (which would NOT be recommended for real tea lights!).

! Tea lights of course! Put a bit of sand in the bottom of the jar.

How do they light up! What do you use?

How do they light up? I'm sure you cannot put live fires in these jars.


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