I had seen something like this a couple of months back, in one of my late night random browse-till-you-drop sprees. Yesterday, I booked my tickets to go visit my best friend this weekend, and was wracking my head thinking of what to get her, while I came upon the Instructables Home-made Gifts Contest 2015, and Eureka!, this idea materialised in my hands. I must say I am rather pleased with the effort and how the gift turned out.
Step 1: Gather Your Materials!
1. Mason jar or any glass bottle
2. Glass paint or Acrylic paint (I used Acrylic as it was readily available at home. You don't need fancy ones for this project, I've used the basic 12 colour student quality ones.)
3. Good quality brush (so that there are no stray fibres that are left trapped between the paint and glass.)
4. Painter's tape
5. A pair of scissors
6. A can of sealing paint - gloss/matte as is your preference
7. LED string lights or self adhesive lights
8. Disposable cup (to keep flowers in)
Step 2: Tape Off the Section for Your Photo to Show Through.
Step 3: Paint the Jar and Decorate It
Now decorate your jar with stripes, polka dots, hearts, or whatever takes your fancy. I have used polka dots and stripes across two jars (check final photos). Of course, you may skip this step too and leave the jar in one single solid colour too.
Step 4: Seal Off With Transparent Spray Paint
Step 5: Peel Off the Painter's Tape and Stick in Your Photo.
Measure your 'window' and print out your favourite photo after re-sizing it to fit this. Double-tape your photo on all sides (as shown in the photo) and stick it from the inside aligning with the window you have created.
Step 6: Clean It Up and Get Ready to Show It Off!
Take a step back and admire your handiwork :)
Step 7: Light It Up, Stick Some Flowers In, and Viola!, You're Done!
I made two of these - the smaller one functions as a night-light only and the bigger one, a photo-luminary-vase. For the bigger jar, I put in a disposable cup inside the jar to hold the water and fresh cut flowers.
Thanks for reading this patiently, and all the best for your own photo-luminary-vase!