Making Faux Wax Drip Jar Candle Holders

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Food coloring and hot glue will help you create these faux wax drip candle holders using recycled jars. Let us show you how.


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This is a technique I have perfected over the years of playing with glass bottle decorations. Many people will add food color to glue, pour it in a glass jar, and bake it in the oven. This effect looks like a colored glass jar. I never found this too interesting and decided to take it a step further and create a faux wax drip jar using food coloring and glue. This is so easy to make and it looks great when you add a tea light to the jar.

Total Time: 45 Minutes

Yield: 2 Candle holders


  • 2 jelly jars or glass jars
  • Elmer's glue
  • wood glue
  • hot air gun
  • bowl
  • food coloring
  • paintbrush
  • jute
  • tea light
  • scissors


  1. Wash and clean your jelly jars and gather up your supplies. I use an old ashtray to mix my glue in. This works easier and makes it easy to clean up after the project is done This project can get messy, so it is a good idea to cover your work surface or use a piece of tile to work on. Start off by pouring a good amount of glue into the bowl.
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  3. Choose your first color and mix it into the glue.
  4. Take one of the jars and apply a heavy layer of glue to the outside surface of the jar. You can add as much or as little glue as you wish. I like adding a lot of glue because it will give you a bubble effect when dried. Do not apply glue to a large area on the jar because the glue will start to drip and run.
  5. Take your hot air gun and make sure it is set at 200 degrees. You can go up to 230 degrees for this project. I would not recommend going much higher than this because it will make the jar way to hot to handle. Now start to dry the glue using the hot air gun. You basically want to see the glue change colors and start the drying process. There is no need to dry the glue completely. You just want to get the glue set.
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  7. While the first jar is drying you will take your second jar and apply the glue to the jar. The first jar is set off to the side and the hot air gun is propped up to dry the glue on the surface of the jar.
  8. Take the hot air gun and dry the glue on the second jar as you did with the first jar. Now you can place the two jars together and allow the hot air gun to dry them a bit more before adding more glue.
  9. Mix your second color into the glue. This will be your drip color.
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  11. Load up your paintbrush with a lot of glue and start dripping it over the first color on the jar. You want to make a lot of nice drips on top of the first color. You can use a toothpick to help place your drips on the jar or even get the glue off the paintbrush.
  12. You need to be quick now to get the hot air from the gun on the drips once you have them in place. You want to set the drips so they don't run again. You will continue to go around the jar dripping the second color on the jar. The other jar will be set in front of the hot air gun drying more of the glue.
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  14. When you have all the drips added to the jar, place the jar in front of the hot air gun and start the drying process. You will need to turn the jar now and then so the hot air gets to all the glue on the jar.
  15. Add the drips to your second jar just like you did to the first jar. Just hit the drips with the hot air to stop them from running. Once done, you can now place this with the first jar and allow the hot air to dry the glue a bit more.
  16. I never dry the jars completely and just leave them to dry overnight. It seems to give them a better effect when I do this and the glue drips look more like candle wax dripping on the jar.
  17. When done decorate the top of your jar with jute or even a ribbhon. Add your tea light and enjoy the beauty of your jar.
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