Introduction: New York in a Mason Jar Night Light
Hi everyone :)
Here a have a New York in a Mason Jar Night Light, with the Brooklyn Bridge on top. I made this design because I love New York! I grew up in New York City and I miss it, so I decided to make this NY Mason Jar Night Light so that I can have something that reminds me of New York.
It is fun and cool to make, and a nice decoration for a room. This is a DIY night light and you can choose to use a different city theme if you would like.
- large mason jar
- printed out silhouette of the New York skyline
- multi colored crushed shells or stones
- jute rope
- watercolor paint
- wooden toothpicks
- thin rope
- thin craft wire
- artificial moss
- aquamarine and gold paint
- glue gun
- small American flag drawn on small piece of paper
- color changing tea light
- two black flowers
- pearl beads on wire
- some small leaves
Step 1: Making the New York Skyline Silhouette:
- The first thing I did was print out a silhouette of the New York City skyline that I liked. Then I cut around the image and made sure it was able to fit inside the mason jar.
- Once I had that done, I then used watercolor paint and painted the silhouette using blues, light blues, and purples. I then went over the skyline with black watercolor to make the silhouette stand out more. Once I was finished painting, I set it to the side to dry.
- For the stand I cut out of cardboard a rectangle that fit inside of the mason jar and was as long as the silhouette I printed out. I then painted the cardboard in aquamarine paint. I left that to dry as well.
- Once the silhouette and the piece of cardboard had dried I attached them by using the hot glue gun to make a line of glue on the cardboard to attach the silhouette to. * Make sure the final piece fits inside the mason jar before moving on :)
- I also attached a thick stick of gold wire to the back of the piece and then a piece of the gold wire with the white pearl beads to the front of the piece and I added some small leaves as well.
Step 2: Creating and Decorating the Inside of the Mason Jar:
- The first thing I did was add some gold glitter to the inside of the mason jar and shook it around so that it would spread out around the mason jar.
- After that I used the hot glue gun and glued the colored crushed shells to the bottom of the mason jar. I did this by first adding a layer of hot glue and adding the shells until it reached the point that the piece we made in the first step would still fit in the jar, allowing for the shells to be the bottom layer and the ocean.
- Then I added some artificial moss so that the sillohette on the cardboard would sit nicely inside of the mason jar.
- I also added some silver glitter and shook it around so that it would mix into the colored crushed shells and moss.
- Once that was all done I added glue inside of the jar, then nicely placed the silhouette on cardboard inside the jar.
- The last thing I did inside the jar was add some black glitter to the front of the silhouette on cardboard.
Step 3: Making the Brooklyn Bridge:
- For this part you are going to need wooden toothpicks, jute rope, wire, small rope, gold paint, and a glue gun.
- For the base I used 15 toothpicks and glued them on to the jute rope on both ends. I then secured them by wrapping the jute rope one more time around each end and I lined the rest of the rectangle with jute rope.
- After that I flipped it over and glued 15 toothpicks on half of the rectangle we made and another 15 on the other half of the rectangle. I then trimmed the ends with a scissor so that there were no points from the ends of the toothpicks.
- After that I turned the piece around and started to stack 3 toothpicks on both sides of the original rectangle that I made. I then stacked 4 toothpicks on the toothpicks that were added under the rectangle so that they would be the same height as the 3 on the original rectangle. After that I put jute rope around the ends so that they looked more combined.
- Then I secured 4 toothpicks to the middle of the bottom edge of the original rectangle using glue as well as jute rope. I also added 2 combined toothpicks to both sides of the combined 4 in the middle. I then trimmed the pieces to my desired length and I added two toothpicks glued together to the top of those pieces so that they would be combined and become one piece. Once I did that I did the same on the other side :)
- After that I stacked up 4 toothpicks on the 2 added sides of the rectangle to make 3 rows. I then trimmed these and glued jute rope to the ends of the bridge as a nice finishing touch.
- After that I painted the entire bridge in gold paint except for the jute rope. I then drew an American flag on a small piece of paper and cut it out, I attached it to a small piece of wire and glued it to the top of the second column of the bridge.
- After that I made the suspensions of the bridge by cutting three different sizes of gold wire for the ends of the bridge after the columns and 5 for the middle part of the bridge. I glued these pieces to the edges of the bridge, with the wire going from taller to shorter. After that I used a thinner string then the jute rope and secured it to the columns and attached it to each piece of wire.
- I then went over the string and wire in gold paint so that they were the same color as the rest of the bridge.
- The last thing I did was make the legs of the bridge for this part all I did was glue 2 toothpicks together to be the base, I then trimmed them so that they were the same width as the rest of the bridge. After that I glue 4 trimmed toothpicks (keep in mind the longer these toothpicks are the taller the bridge is) to the 2 toothpick base. I then made one more leg and painted them both in gold. Then I glued each leg to the bottom of the bridge in the same place as the column above it.
- Then you are done with your mini version of the brooklyn bridge!
Step 4: Decorating the Mason Jar With Jute Rope:
- * Don't glue on the Brooklyn Bridge yet I did that and it was harder to add the jute rope because you don't want to destroy the bridge.
- The first thing I did was add some jute rope near the opening of the bottle using the hot glue gun. After that I Added two lines of jute rope near the bottom of the mason jar as a lining for the amount of area I wanted to glue the jute rope to.
- After that I glued a circle with the jute rope near the end of the mason jar and I kept gluing around in that circle until I reached the center and the whole bottom of the mason jar was lined in jute rope.
- After that I filled in with jute rope the area I made with the two jute rope lines. I went back and forth with the jute rope and trimmed it at each end until I had filled the whole area that I wanted.
Step 5: Decorating the Outside of the Mason Jar:
- Now we get to add the Brooklyn Bridge and make the outside of the mason jar look just a little bit prettier :)
- For this part you are going to need your self-made Brooklyn Bridge, artificial moss, 2 artificial black flowers, 6 pearl beads, 8 artificial small leaves, and blue crushed colored shells or blue stones.
- First I glued some artificial moss to the top of the mason jar for the Brooklyn Bridge to sit on using the hot glue gun (make sure you can still see New York city inside the mason jar and don't use to much moss just enough that the bridge can nicely sit on it).
- I then glued the Brooklyn Bridge on the moss at a angle so it fit nicely on top of the mason jar (I also added some gold glitter to the bridge so it sparkles)
- A then I added a black flower 3 pearl beads and two leaves to one side on the front of the mason jar, and I added two leaves to the other side. I did the same to the back of the mason jar, but make sure that the flowers as well as the two leaves are on the opposite sides they are in on the front of the mason jar.
- After that I separated the blue crushed shells from the other colored shells (you can use blue stones or glass if you like.) once I did that I then glued them under the bridge on the moss so they could make it look like there is water under the bridge.
- Then you are done decorating the outside of the mason jar!!
Step 6: Making the Handle and Attaching the Tea Light:
For this part all you need is jute rope, 4 pearl beads, four small artificial leaves, a glue gun, and a color changing small tea light.
- The first thing I did was glue the tea light to one end of lid of the mason jar, but make sure that it fits in the mason jar nicely before you glue it to the lid and make sure you can access the batteries of the tea light and you can turn it on and off.
- Then I made the handle by knoting the jute rope until I reach my desired length for the handle. I then added bead pearls and the small leaves to the handle. Once I was done with the handle I glued one end of the handle to each ends of the mason jar.
Now you have a mason jar with New York city inside, and that you can hang up and can be used as a night light or a display :)
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