Make a Giant Glow Jar of Fireflies

This way-over-sized glow jar filled with fireflies is a spin on the traditional wreaths and garlands. It is fun, easy, festive, and wireless!

Doesn’t it look like a huge firefly jar?


And the best part? No lovely fireflies are harmed in the making of this project!

This giant firefly mason jar idea came to me while I was enjoy the glow from these mason jar oil lamp we made recently.

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To make our big glow jar, all you need are-

  • some evergreen clippings, such as boxwood, conifers, etc
  • wood craft sticks
  • hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • battery operated LED fairy lights. You can also use plug-in holiday LED lights and hide the wire behind other objects.
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First step, make a frame in the shape of a mason jar. Overlap the ends of the craft sticks, and alternate the sticks to go above / below the adjacent ones, so we get a relatively flat frame.

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Next, glue pieces of evergreen branches onto the frame, until all the craft sticks are covered.

Use extra branches on the bottom to hide the battery boxes later. Also glue some vertical supports to tie the battery boxes to.

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It’s fun to play with the different textures of the boxwood and pine.

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Attach the battery operated LED fairy lights  onto the craft sticks using some rubber bands or tape. The switches can be accessed easily from the back.

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Wrap the string of lights around the branches and weave it back and forth inside the “jar”.

You can hang this on a door or a wall.  Or, prop it next to a wall on a mantel!

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I serious think that I caught some fairies on camera! (I DO believe in Santa and fairies!)

Look closely at the “lid” of the jar! Do you think those sparkles are little fairies joining in the fun? =)

Perhaps they found a happy place among these giant blossoms we made last week?

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Or in these enchanting mini houses we “built” last year?

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The branches will look great for 1-2 weeks. Afterwards, the glow jar frame can be saved for future use. Just tear off the dried twigs.

Or use fake branches which will last year after year!

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Happy creating! See you soon!


  1. How sweet! I have fallen in love with it!!! I’m an avid DIYer and always try to be busy with some new projects. Was searching for a unique idea to start. The Glow Jar me stop and crazy to make it asap! In a hurry to start. Wish me good luck, Ananda! 🙂

  2. Oh! Ananda! You blow me away with your creative energy, talent, insight…I’m running out of words here. This jar with fire flies looks stunning and yet it’s so simply put together. KUDOS!!!

  3. This fun project is truly lovely! I love how you put it together with craft sticks making it an easy project for children to do. I think it would also work with evergreen branches. I think fairies like to hang around on this kind of greenery too!

  4. Hello,
    I love ,I always love your fairy imaginination withe mother Nature… It’s so nice… Thank’s for all this beauty simple life…have a nice day or night I do not know time where you live! Here it is 17.30 pm!
    The button on my website is on! Yes!

    Be always in joy and peace with Love…

  5. Those are amazing! I think those would be so cute to make.

    You should link this up at our linky party:

    TWO parties in one! One for blog posts and another for Pinterest Pins, all posts shared to our group Pinterest board.

    I saw a Fairy Christmas Blog Hop recently with tons of fairy related Christmas activities and this would be perfect for it. Sorry I don’t remember the websites but this is just so perfect.

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