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Making Painted Glass Jar Holiday Candle Holders

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If you like to make crafts that require painting, then these pretty candle holder jars are for you. They can be painted for use during any season. This is a page about making painted glass jar holiday candle holders.


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This is a great looking and easy to make project for any holiday with a personalization of your stencil theme.

Total Time: 1 hour


  • empty glass jar(s) with at least one smooth side
  • self stick vinyl sheet (ask at any craft and many Dollar stores)
  • scissors
  • acrylic paint
  • sponge brush(s)
  • tea candle(s)
  • string, twine, or rattan
  • optional: corn kernels, beans, beads, or even pebbles for the bottom of the jar


  1. Draw or copy a shape onto the back of your sheet of vinyl.
  2. Cut it out, remove the backing and stick it directly onto your jar, smoothing out any bubbles.
  3. Paint your first coat of whatever color you choose onto your jar. It will be thin and streaky, that's OK you will let it dry a bit while making your second jar and come back for two or three coats more.
  4. Before the paint becomes totally dry peel off your cut out decal. If you wait until it drys it may pull off some paint and leave less clear edges.
  5. Once it is dry, tie some twine or rope along the top neck of the jar and add whatever seeds or beans into the bottom of the jar before adding your tea candle.
  6. They make a sweet centerpiece or decoration, don't you think?
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October 24, 20160 found this helpful

How sweet! I love this idea!

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October 25, 20160 found this helpful

If you like my craft I'd appreciate your vote! Thanks!

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October 25, 20160 found this helpful

To avoid having the tea candles sitting at an angle like the right one in the picture, don't use beans or anything coarse for the ballast. Ballast is supposed to be heavy and even. Plaster of Paris with a tea candle pressed into it before it hardens makes a much safer ballast.


However, unless you have cats who like knocking things over, you don't normally need a ballast. Gluing some of that sticky feeling drawer liner mesh onto the bottom (outside) is much safer.

Also, unless you are a sadist who enjoys seeing people burn their fingers, include a few pieces of spaghetti. They work really well for lighting the candle, pilot lights and even BBQs.
Have FUN!

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