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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I Was Accidentally Charged $700, Had My Picture Published As Someone Else And Only Embraced Internet Security Afterwards

Pay attention to where you information is on the Internet because it could be misused without you ever knowing.
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Bing. Email.

"You sent a payment of $663 to Facebook."

Bing. Text.

"Hey, this is your picture in this magazine. I didn't know you were a doctoral student conducting research with your professors."

Sadly, both of those scenarios were me, all in a span of three months. Let me explain:

Last semester, I took a class that required to learn and execute Facebook Ads. Obviously, a credit card was linked so students were not using their own money. Well, somehow my PayPal got linked to the student account (my fault, and I'm not ashamed to share that). It charged me once at $30 and got it reversed on my own, so I didn't tell anyone.

Then it happened again, double that amount.

So, I told my professor (good idea, Rebecca). We had quite the banter back and forth with Facebook, and they ended up taking even more from my account instead of giving it back to me. Well, they fixed that, but I still didn't have the funds back from the second time. Let's just say we settled the second time around - I got about half back, but I'm not mad because I thought I wouldn't get anything back.

Fast forward to this semester. I got an email last Wednesday informing me Facebook had charged me almost $700 for Facebook Ads. To be really honest, I flipped out. I thought this was over with, and I was afraid I wouldn't get the money back. Long story short, there was a mistake and my card was never removed from the class that had access to these funds.

My point here is, know exactly where your information is going on the Internet, whether it be Facebook Ads and PayPal or Facebook and those games that you get annoying notifications for. Thankfully, I am getting a total refund.

Last year, I was in an intern for CollegeFashionista.

Basically, I took photos of fashion and wrote blog posts about it, and I had a profile picture just like any other communication medium. For some reason, whenever I googled my name, this photo of me would pop up - none from Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, etc..

About a year later, my roommate's grandma texted her, "Hey isn't this your roommate?"

The photo I mentioned earlier had been mistakenly placed in a magazine, wrongly attributing me as a doctoral communication student.

Now, that sounds fancy, but it is still my photo in a magazine, with no permission to use.

I had mistakenly gotten into a slew of emails, and the reporter had googled my name instead of the correct Rebecca. Apparently, he used the first photo that popped up.

What if that wasn't even the correct Rebecca?

Pay attention! Pay attention where your photos are, whether it be on a blog, social media, etc. If you have to, put a Google Alert for your name. I would have never found out about it, and the magazine probably would have never mentioned it to me.

You know how annoying it is when you try to make an easy password, but you didn't put a special character in? Just do it. Protect your stuff, and know where your information goes.

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What I Learned From My Broken Computer

Don't rely on a fragile device.
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July and August of 2016 were exciting months. I began drafting my first novel (still unfinished), got my first smartphone, took a trip down the Oregon and California coasts, got my first computer, and started college. Yay!

As you see, I've only had my own personal computer for about 20 months. In that time, I've used it extensively for schoolwork, writing, and, yes, social media. Without realizing it, I quickly became attached to the sleek silver clamshell. Much of what was important to me was done through my computer.

It was great.

Let me emphasize "was". Just a couple weeks ago, my keyboard and trackpad more or less stopped working, and I haven't been able to get it fixed yet. I can kind of do stuff with an external keyboard plugged in, but the trackpad is stuck on right-click, which is a challenge. None of this is conducive to working on homework (or anything else) efficiently.

I never knew how much I relied on my computer until I couldn't use it anymore. I was so used to having my own computer that I took it for granted. Now, I must be intentional about my computer usage, since I either borrow my mom's computer or use the computer labs at school. I can't just casually flip it open and poke through Facebook.

A while ago, I deleted Facebook from my phone because I realized that it was too much of a temptation for wasting time. Surely I wouldn't spend as much time on social media if I was only logged in on my computer. I was wrong, of course.

The internet is unequivocally a major distraction. It's so easy to say I'm just going to check if there's any important communication, but that quickly turns into a half hour of mindlessly wandering Facebook, Twitter, and DeviantArt. When it wasn't social media, I'd be looking up news about upcoming Star Wars and Avengers movies, or browsing through old pictures in my library.

Let me make something clear: I did not throw all of my wasted time to entirely brainless pursuits. My computer had pseudo-productive ways for me to fritter away the hours. I would get worldbuilding ideas for a potential and spend a while typing and researching, or maybe work on updating my campus bird list. While these things are not wrong in and of themselves, they are a problem when they interfere with my responsibilities.

Now that my access to computers is more limited, I am forced to be much more careful with how I spend my time on the computer. A much greater proportion of my computer time these days is actually productive, compared to when I freely opened my computer whenever I wanted to. Overall, I'm also spending less time on the computer.

The results have been mostly positive, I think. The reduced screen time is great for my eyes. I rediscovered the joy of writing stories by hand, and I've had more time to read. Except for when I have urgent assignments, I'm not on the computer late at night, which is good for helping me fall asleep. And as I already said, I'm becoming more efficient with my computer.

Unfortunately, I still procrastinate like nobody's business. It just takes different forms now. For example, I spent an hour and a half reading a novel when I should have been showering, studying, and getting ready for bed. I play games with my sister. Again, these things are wonderful, but only when I'm not putting off responsibility.

Time management is a completely different issue from computer attachment, which has finally sunk in. Okay, I know not to rely on computers so much anymore. That's a good thing. The habit of procrastination will take longer to break, since it's been with me for as long as I can recall, plus my prefrontal cortex isn't fully developed yet.

But hey, I'm making progress. With God's grace, I will continue to mature and learn how to handle my inclination to laziness. Breaking my attachment to my computer was a strong first step.

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