A glass Christmas tree; that’s something you would have to buy, right? You couldn’t make a glass tree, could you? Actually, you can! It’s really pretty easy to make an unusual glass tree that can become a table centerpiece or even an outdoor decoration.
When you use baby food jars to make the glass Christmas tree you’ll see just how easy it is to assemble. You’ll need 17 glass baby food jars to make the tree. The best jars are the ordinary ones without unique shapes or glass etching. Each jar must be exactly like the next and each must have it’s own lid.
Start by punching a hole in the center of each lid. Use a large nail or awl to poke the hole. If you’re using a nail it might be necessary to make several small holes to create one larger one. The hole must be large enough to push a miniature Christmas light through it.
Decide on the shiny material you want to put inside each jar. It can be a piece of curled ribbon or a small section of tinsel rope. Place one decorative piece in each jar. You might be tempted to fill the jars full of sparkly things but this will prevent you from seeing the light shining through the jars. You don’t have to make each jar the same; you have the option of putting a different type of material, or a different color of material, inside each jar.
To assemble the tree you’ll need Gorilla Glue epoxy or something similar. Do not use hot glue for this project! Set a baby food jar on a flat surface so that the lid is facing upwards. Glue two jars together then glue the single jar above the two connected jars. This creates row one and two. Continue gluing, making a row of three jars, then four, then five. Glue all the rows together. In the center, under the fifth row, glue two jars, side-by-side, to create the tree trunk.
Take the strand of lights and lay them on top of the glass jars. Push one light into each hole of the jar lids then you can finish the tree. Use a wooden base – painted or not – to create the stand for the glass tree. Attach the Christmas tree to the stand by using the same epoxy and gluing the tree trunk to the wooden base. Give the tree a finished look by gluing wide ribbon from the bottom, up the side, and down the other side. Push the ribbon between the jars as you do this to keep the shape of the tree. Add things like strands of beads or other decorations to create the finished look you want.