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Sonoma Family Life Magazine

Winter in a Jar

Dec 09, 2018 12:00AM

By Richela Fabian Morgan

Snow may not visit the Bay Area, but, with the help of Snowflake Jars, you can still experience its charm. This craft can be as simple or ornate as you choose it to be. You can use a small jelly jar or a large pickle jar, a single tea light or half a dozen, a sole jar or several grouped together. Snowflake jars can add a little festivity to a mantle or make a statement as a dining table centerpiece.

Snowflake Jars


Snowflake stencils

10”-wide piece of parchment paper

White duct tape

Glass jar with lid (any size)

Silver chrome duct tape (optional)

Battery-operated tea lights





1 Download and print out free snowflake stencils from the Internet. (A good place to start your online search is Pinterest.)

2 Place the parchment paper over the snowflake stencil printout and trace the snowflakes with a pencil.

3 Cover the snowflake tracings with white duct tape. Be sure that the tracing side of the parchment paper is face up. Please note: The snowflake might be larger than the width of the tape. You may need to overlap the tape strips at the edges in order to completely cover the tracing.

4 Flip the parchment paper over so the tape-covered side is facing down. Because the parchment paper is somewhat transparent, you will be able to see the tracing. Using clean scissors, cut out the snowflakes. You have created snowflake stickers.

5 Remove the parchment paper from the back of each snowflake sticker and place the stickers on the outside of the jar. Be sure to save the parchment paper that was removed from the back of the stickers. You will use it for step 7.

6 Optional: Cut little pieces of silver chrome duct tape and place on the outside of jar. This is to add more shimmer to your design.

7 Take the parchment paper from step 5 and place it inside the jar.

8 Place the tea light(s) inside the jar and close it with the lid. 

Richela Fabian Morgan has written several craft books, including her most recent Duct Tape Bags (Clarkson Potter, 2016) and the bestselling Tape It & Make It: 101 Duct Tape Activities (Barron’s Educational Series, 2012). Find out more about her work at