DIY Fairy Lights Mason Jar

DIY Fairy Lights Mason Jar

Learn to make yourself a light up Mason Jar. Keep it for yourself or give it away as a gift!
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Is your room or dorm room looking a little drab? Not enough light or color? Maybe it's big/little reveal week in your sorority and you need some crafting ideas? Or maybe you just need some great gift ideas for birthdays and other such occasions.

Well look no further — here is a super easy and chic do it yourself project. It’s so simple that a smurf could do it.

Step One: Buy a Mason jar

Make sure to purchase a Mason jar that you like. It can be big or small. The size should depend on the space you have and how many light strands you plan to put inside it. Maybe you want a colored mason jar, it all depends on the aesthetics your going for.

Amazon, Target, and Michaels are great places to find Mason jars. The dollar store is also an option, or even dollar general.

Personalized Options.

Step Two: Buy a top for the Mason jar or drill into it

Depending on what you want, you can either drill a hole into the top of the Mason jar, or buy a designed lid. I have a pretty star lid that has a handle. The important part is to have a hole that the lights can be slipped through. You will want access to the battery pack or adapter, depending on the type of lights you purchase.

Here are tops that have designs or holes:

Star Top Hanging Mason Jar.

Lowe Cornell Transform Inserts.

Michaels example one and two.

Lids with lights attached (Ignore step three if you buy this lid.)

Step Three: Buy the lights for the Mason jar.

If you want it to be more luminous, I recommend more than one strand of lights for your jar. However, be careful not to over crowd it or it will look too clumpy. Unless that’s the look you’re going for, the fun part is it’s all up to you! I have a strand of lights that is battery operated and twinkles. You can find the lights in different colors either with a battery pack or an adapter. Some of the battery-operated lights have timers. Keep in mind that the light strands come in different lengths. You will want your Mason jar to accommodate the strand of lights you buy. Also, there are solar powered lights and flickering ones like what I have. The options are endless.

Battery Operated: Amazon, Target

Plug lights

Solar Power

Multi colored

Different colors: Red and blue

Step Four: Assembling all of your pieces together

I coiled my string of lights around my hand, so that it was a loose coil. It made it easier to put the lights into the Mason jar, as opposed to just shoving it in there. Remember to string the lights through your Mason jar top, before putting the lights into the jar.

Once the lights are in the jar, screw on the lid and Voila! You have successful made your light up Mason jar.

Keep in mind that you can do anything you want with this project. Anything outlined above are just guidelines to help you in your endeavor to make an awesome craft, gift, or personal project! You can personalize the mason jar anyway you’d like; painting it, add glitter, stickers, peoples names, sorority or fraternity letters, mix and match the color lights in the jar, or even buy a colored jar. It's all in your hands.The most important task is to have fun while creating something special. It’s super simple and easy to do. Remember it’s so easy a smurf could do it! So please get creative and share with me the wonderful Mason jars you come up with.

My Mason Jar:

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25 Responses To Your Friend Who Doesn't Text Back

Omg thanks for responding so quickly...oh, wait.
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We all have that friend. That friend we love to death, but if we are sure of anything in this world, it’s that they will not respond to your text because they suck at texting. That moment when you see “Read 1:04 p.m.” and you’re like “and???? Helloooooooo!”

These are 25 responses for that dear friend.

1. Lol thanks for tagging me in that FB post, now text me tf back.


2. OMG, wait you met Chris Hemsworth and he’s professing his love to you??!! No? Okay, then you can def text me back.

3. Hey I’m coming to help you since you obviously broke your thumbs and can’t respond.

4. Lolol thanks for responding. I’ll just continue the conversation with myself. That’s cool.

5. Good chat.

6. Yeah I wouldn’t know how to respond either, pizza topping selection is a thought-provoking process. Take your time. Meditate on it.

7. The classic: ^^^^^^^^^


8. I hope you’re writing me the 8th Harry Potter novel.

9. That was a yes or no question. This isn’t difficult. You wouldn’t do well with ‘Sophie’s Choice.’

10. Omg, did you pass out from the excitement of getting a text from me? Totally understandable. Text me when you regain consciousness, love.

11. Omg what a witty and clever response. Nothing. So philosophical.

12. The only excuse I’ll accept is if you’re eating guac and don’t want to get it on your phone. Because avocados are life.

13. I love it when you do that adorable thing when you don’t text me back for hours. So cute.


14. Okay I’ll answer for you. Yes, you’re going out tonight. Glad we had this convo.

15. In the time it has taken you to respond, dinosaurs could have retaken the earth.

16. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHA

17. The dramatic but also very valid response: That’s what happens when you don’t respond for 30 minutes. People die.


18. I apologize for asking if you were coming to watch Bachelor, clearly the decision has caused you serious reflection on your priorities. I’m sorry to have caused you this existential crisis.

19. Sorry I annoyed you with my friendship. But like plz respond…

20. Your response time is longer than Ross and Rachel’s entire relationship. 10 seasons. You couldn’t text me back for 10 seasons?!!

21. Wait. You’re responding too fast. I can’t keep up. Hang on. Don’t respond so quickly. Jeez.

22. A subtle but perfectly placed gif. What will you go with? The classic eye roll perhaps or maybe a “you suck.”


23. Did you fall off a cliff? Wait, you don’t exercise. Pause your Netflix and respond b*tch.

24. Omg I WON THE LOTTERY. *responds* Lol now you respond…

25. And my personal favorite and go to, Did you text me and then decide to THROW YOUR PHONE ACROSS THE OCEAN?! Lol swim fast, I need an answer.

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Litterati Can Create Long-Term Impact From Clean-Ups

Litterati is making clean-ups more fun and encouraging individuals to take action to prevent waste from ending up in the wrong place.

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Litter. We've all seen it on the sidewalks, on the roads, in the parks, in the ocean. It comes across a wide range of shapes, sizes, and origins. Most of us may have contributed to it at one point or another, carelessly or accidentally. Many of us will spend time to remove a few pieces here and there.

It's a hot summer day a camp. You and your peers have taken a trip to at a park. You are about to leave when the camp counselor asks everyone to find and remove five pieces of trash on the park grounds. You then scramble to find and remove five pieces, show them to the counselor and head on to the bus. It may be a boring and seemingly annoying task, but it helps keep the planet clean.

Litter cleanups don't have much of a long-term impact. It just temporarily makes a place look neater. This practice, however, can be more interesting and have a longer-lasting impact if you could pull information from it. Each piece of "trash" on the ground comes from somewhere. Each piece had some purpose at one point and was manufactured and distributed by some business at one point. Each product or packaging of a product has a unique identity and origin. Manufactures may print a specific label, embed their logo or company name on the product or its container, in the case of food or beverages.

Litterati can transform how people perceive litter cleanup. The Litterati app allows users to photograph each piece of litter that they remove. With each photo, both the geographic location and time took are recorded. Users then give tags, relating to the object's type, brand or material, to each piece of litter that they photograph using the app. Once there is an Internet connection, the app will automatically upload all the pictures onto its global database. On the app, all the pieces collected within the user's account is shown in a gallery. The Litterati website provides a map with the geotag of each piece of litter removed using the app. The website also lists the top 20 countries with the most activity and the 20 most frequently tagged objects, brands or materials.

Removing litter while using the Litterati app is more interesting because the app tracks how many pieces of litter you pick up and it, somewhat, has the look and feel of Instagram with its tagging feature and gallery. The geotags allow you to track the location of each piece of litter removed. With all of the photos and tags, people can look for trends in the types and locations of litter found on their school or university grounds, parks, streets, and neighborhoods. This information can then be used to reduce litter through changes in purchasing, the creation of new legislation or rules, and finding solutions to reduce the prevalence of certain materials in an outdoor space. The pictures and locations encourage individuals and organizations to ask themselves why and how each piece of trash ended up there or where it comes from.

It is more time-consuming and tedious to take a picture of every piece of trash while you remove it. When conducting in clean up in a place that is cluttered with litter or in a very limited time frame, it may not be feasible to use Litterati. At the same time, the data gathered from Litterati is more reliable and convincing than just tallying up the different types of trash within an area. In a court case that Big Tobacco leveraged against San Francisco's cigarette litter tax, Big Tobacco claimed that collecting information with pencils and clipboards is neither precise nor provable. Jeff Kirschner, the founder of Litterati, made an Instagram campaign to photograph and tag each piece of cigarette found in San Francisco (before Litterati was created).

When their data was used in court, Big Tobacco not only lost their case but the litter tax also doubled. The photographs with geotags and timestamps provided solid proof of the problem. Information gathered from Litterati can be utilized to push restaurants and stores to develop ways to reduce the number of sauce packets, single-use plastic bags, and straws that they give out. When a corporation such as Walmart or Wawa finds thousands of pictures of their branded packaging as litter, it could spur innovation to reduce their prevalence in the litter stream. Seeing your company's brand frequently in the litter stream could damage your brand's reputation.

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