How long do you leave your tree up after the holidays? We usually leave ours up about 2 weeks. One of my favorite childhood memories is sitting in the living room with my mom and my sister after the holidays, with only the lights from the Christmas tree glowing in the room. My mom usually had a glass of wine in her hand, my sister and I, hot chocolate. The days were short, the temperature outside freezing, and the reality of the holidays being over was always a let down. Our little celebration of lights before bedtime brightened up those dreary days.
I think many of us have come up with ways to celebrate “winter after-the-holidays,” mostly to keep us sane, and especially if you live in the north and are suffering from cabin fever.
Cabin fever craft: Pine treeline drawing jar candles
Here is an easy winter craft idea with a flare of cabin decor. You can keep these around even after you’ve packed all the holiday trimmings away. These only take about 30 minutes to do. Even less if done in multiples.
I actually gave several of these away as Christmas gifts knowing that my friends and family could light them up after the holidays to warm up those frigid winter nights.
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Jar candle – I used 11.5 oz – 14 oz sized Mainstay brand at Walmart, but you can also find small white jar candles without labels in larger or bulk quantities. See list further below.
Black paint marker – with medium or fine point
How to make pine treeline drawing jar candles
Peel off the label. Most jar candle labels come off pretty easy without residue. When you go to buy yours, test one of the labels to see if it starts to peel off easily. But don’t actually peel it off, lol, I wouldn’t want to get you arrested:)P
Then, Google “pine treeline drawings”
Practice drawing pine treelines and a “ground” for your pine trees on paper. If you can scribble, you can do this.
Use the marker to make ground lines along the bottom of the jar.
Next, make uneven vertical lines around the jar for your “tree trunks”.
Now start filling in your branches.
Do a half side of the jar at a time, giving about 15 minutes for the ink to dry.
Tip: Use paper towel and glass cleaner (or a little dish soap and water) to wipe off the marker ink if you don’t like your drawing at first. But with a little practice you will get the hang of it. And it’s fun!!
Give them as a gift
Once mine were completely dry (overnight) I wrapped them in cellophane bag with a string tie.
I went with a few types of trees. On some of them, I used a variety of trees, and on some of them I left spaces between the tree groupings.
Pine treeline jar candles: a winter craft idea that doesn’t say Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza or even Festivus.
It just says plain old WINTER!
Make a larger quantities as a party or wedding favor, using bulk quantity LABEL-FREE jar candles, like these:
I hope you are staying warm if it’s cold outside, and enjoying your start to this new year.