Charming Winter Luminaries: Snow-Kissed Pinecone Candle Jars

Make beautiful winter luminaries that appear covered with freshly fallen snow using snow texture paint! Perfect for the holidays and extremely simple to create.

Make Beautiful Snowy Winter Luminaries
If you are like me and don’t go around your yard collecting pinecones every spring, they are available at craft stores as well. Even though pinecones typically fall from trees in autumn, spring is when pinecones drop.

HINT: If you love luminaries but would rather buy them instead of making them yourself, Etsy offers an extensive selection of luminary kits.

Pinecones drop their seeds for new trees during spring rainstorms, much like any other tree does. Don’t wait until fall or you might only find ones obliterated by weather and lawnmowers – why not consider dried orange slices as an alternative?

Snow texture paint is thick and typically applied with a palette knife, though you could also use paintbrushes, craft sticks or your fingers – whatever works. In this tutorial I show how I apply snow texture paint using both options!

DecoArt makes Glistening Snow-Tex, with a glittery finish, which unfortunately is no longer available – however it’s easy enough to sprinkle glitter onto regular Snow-Tex. They also sell the Glistening Snow Writer which allows for writing or adding small details, great for ornaments! For this winter luminary project I also used some lace as well as twine and baker’s twine for embellishments.

I have made numerous luminaries, but these snow-Tex ones stand out. Once they dry completely, you can move them easily without worry. Plus I love their wintery charm; adding a few holly berries would really add something special!

I took far too many photographs of winter luminaries this season – it was hard to select just a few to feature here!

On one, I wrapped the entire rim in twine; on another I just tied some twine around the top – whatever brings you joy is what matters – that’s how I do things!

Add pinecones by either attaching them with glue to twine and then the jar or directly on lace near its rim – whatever works!

Here I’m using my fingers. This gives me more control than using any other method; do what works for you! Snow-Tex can also be added around the rims of jars.