How to Make Candle Holders Out of Jars


Using leftover glass jars to create customized candle holders is both thrifty and fun to do. Any size jar, from baby food jars to canning jars, work well for this simple project, and you can decorate the jar however you like. Use glass paints or tissue paper decoupage to add color, or let kids decorate the jars themselves with glitter and craft glue. By adding a wire to the neck of the jar, create outdoor lanterns customized for any holiday or decor.

An empty canning jar holds infinite candle possibilities.
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Things You'll Need

  • Glass paint
  • Foam brush
  • Craft glue
  • Tissue paper
  • Glitter
  • Craft knife
  • Stickers
  • Old holiday cards
  • Copper Wire
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Sand
  • Tealight candle
Step 1

Clean the jar thoroughly to remove any remaining food residue.

Step 2

Add a basic wash of translucent color by painting the outside of the jar with glass paint. You'll find this paint at most craft stores.

Step 3

Decoupage the outside of the jar if you want to create a variety of translucent colors. Simply mix one part clear-drying craft glue with one part water, and apply to the jar with a foam brush. Coat small sections at a time, and press small pieces of torn tissue paper onto the glue. Add another layer of the water-glue mixture over the tissue paper and let dry for several hours.

Step 4

Apply craft glue in different letters or designs to the jar and sprinkle with glitter if you want to create a sparkly candle holder. This method is messy but kid-friendly.

Step 5

Apply stickers, or glue an image cut from an old holiday card to the outside of the jar for a whimsical design.

Step 6

To create a hanging candle holder, cut one piece of copper wire slightly larger than the diameter of the jar and wrap it around the neck. Cut a longer piece of wire, roughly 12-inches long, and use needle-nose pliers to wrap each end around opposite sides of the wire at the neck of the jar.

Step 7

Pour sand in the bottom of the jar to act as an anchor, and nestle a tealight candle inside.

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Tips & Warnings

  • Make a floating candle jar by filling your jar with distilled water, anchoring a live bloom down inside and topping with a floating candle.
  • Always supervise children and pets around burning candles.


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