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How to make a DIY Christmas jar with an antique Santa figure

Make your own Christmas jar with a few supplies and your favorite antique Santa figure!

Hey Guys! I’m so excited to be joining in on my first ever Pinterest Challenge. Today we’re making our own Christmas jar or hurricane! If you’re coming over from Everyday Edits, Welcome! I’m glad you’re here. Wasn’t her lantern gorgeous!?

And a shout out to Cindy from Countryroad407 for putting this challenge together! I’m so excited to be apart of this round!!

Inspiration photo from Northern Feeling 

This month’s inspiration photo comes from Katrin at Northern Feeling. She created the most adorable little village in a jar with twinkle lights, faux snow, mini trees, and of course these sweet little houses. It’s absolutely adorable and my kids have already put this craft on their list to-do list this holiday season.

The great thing about the Pinterest Challenge is that we can look at wonderful inspiration photos like Katrin’s jar and make our own – but with our own twist!

Making your own Christmas Jar

For this month’s Pinterest Challenge I’m going to make my own Christmas jar to use as my dining room tables centerpiece with my antique Santa figure on display.

I’ve gathered some other supplies to fill up my jar and to complete this project. Projects like these are so fun because you can add your own twist as opposed to buying one new.

To fill your jar you can add pinecones, twinkle lights, real or faux stems, etc. I decided to keep it as natural and rustic as possible. So I grabbed my largest glass jar, some pinecones from outside, and I cut up a faux cedar branch that I had laying around in my attic.

First, gather all your supplies.

This is where you can have fun! Add really anything that makes your heart feel happy and reminds you of Christmas. I always like to pick a theme first. Are you looking for a snowy Christmas scene or maybe a rustic walk in the woods?

Whichever direction you are looking for, try and stick to your theme that way your jar doesn’t seem overwhelmed with items. You’ll at least need a jar to add your items into and whatever your main feature will be. For instance, an antique Santa like mine or maybe a snow-covered house or barn. And then all your other supplies to fill in your scene.

Next, assemble your jar

Onto the fun part… assembling your jars! I added the pinecones to the bottom layer of my jar first. If you don’t have pinecones you could maybe add faux snow or even twinkle lights.

Then you add your next layer. This is where I added my antique Santa figure.

And Lastly, once my Santa figure was securely placed in the pinecones I added my faux stems. I cut small pieces of my faux cedar branch and placed them all around my jar so it looked like my antique Santa figure was talking a walk in the woods.

Lastly, show it off!

As I said earlier in this post, I wanted to show my Christmas jar off by using it as the centerpiece to my dining room table. Now, It would look pretty bare if I didn’t add other elements to the tablescape. So I used a pretty striped table runner, some eucalyptus garland, candle holders, pinecones and pinecone garland, and copper accents.

I placed the jar itself on a cake stand so my Christmas jar would be the tallest element and layered in some Christmas trees to add color and texture to my display. The pops of copper are my favorite though. I just love how copper shines when the light hits it. It just reminds me of Christmas time!

The most important thing to remember is that when you are styling your Christmas jar remember to add features around it to draw attention to the focal point (which is your jar) not take away from it. If you have too many focal points your jar will get lost and your guests won’t know where to look. So I always add one main focal point and in this case, it’s my Christmas jar, and then I add several smaller layers to bring attention to the main attraction.

And done! Thanks so much for reading along! Now it’s time to hop over and check out Terrie’s DIY Christmas hurricane! And be sure to click on the other links too – there’s so much inspiration I’m sure you’ll want to pin a few!

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Kori~ From The Farmhouse Life

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  1. Love that you used a vintage looking Santa in your display and I adore the copper pieces surrounding it!! Very charming!! Thanks so much for sharing!!

    1. Isn’t copper the best at Christmas time?! And thanks so much for your kind words and for stopping by!

    1. I’m so glad you caught that… that’s what I was going for! Thank you so much for popping by!

  2. Oh, Kori! You ROCKED your first Pinterest Challenge! Love the vintage Santa in your Christmas jar, and the magnolia branches look great with all the other Christmas accents… those trees, too! Welcome to the group!

  3. What a sweet centerpiece for your table, Kori! Congrats on your first Pinterest Challenge! Your Santa is such a treasure and now he is highlighted as the center of your pretty table.

    1. Thank you very much! My home was built in the 1700s with the ceilings showing off beautiful wood. I like to pay tribute with warm colors to show it off!

  4. You did a wonderful job on your first Pinterest Challenge! I love your antique look Santa used along with Cedar. The copper cups beside your glass cylinder look so good and I love how you styled the rest of your table. Glad you joined our group and I’m also happy to discover your blog.

    1. Thank you! That means so much to me! I had a great time and feel so grateful to be apart!

  5. Kori, this is just so classy and gorgeous! Congrats on your first Pinterest Challenge! You did a wonderful job with your Santa in the woods. It’s funny how small elements like copper mugs bring the whole look together so perfectly. Well done!

  6. Such a beautiful idea and way to show off a gorgeous Santa with the pinecones and pine. The copper looks great with it too. So pretty!

  7. Love your Santa in a jar and the whole vignette! I usually put one of my german Belsnickel Santas in some type of lantern, jar or cloche. So fun!

    So nice to meet you during this challenge. I can’t wait to check out more of your blog!

  8. This looks so good, Kori! I love the way you combined antique elements and nature. It’s all so pretty and I love your copper mugs too. They’re super festive! Hugs, CoCo

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