Thursday, December 9, 2010

Almost Free Candle Holders

Im starting to see a pattern here.  I do a lot of crafts with stuff that is fairly inexpensive.  These candle holders are almost free.  I say almost because you use empty glass jars from food that you already buy and tissue paper which you can get at the dollar store or recycle from a gift you have received.  If you are a pack rat, like I am, then you should have plenty of tissue paper in little folded piles all over your house. 

The idea for these came from Halloween.  Lots of different versions of ghosts and monsters were created using this method.  I just so happened to have a lot of empty baby food jars and pasta sauce jars shortly after Halloween so I thought I would use them up.

This is the first version I made.  Lets call this the Fall Collection, shall we? 

I just noticed something.  Its not much of a collection if it is just one, now is it?  Moving on....

I just took the empty jar, smeared the whole thing with Mod Podge and wrapped the tissue paper around it.  Another layer of  Mod Podge on top of the tissue and stuck some fake leaves on it.  Then I wrapped the top with yarn.  If you dont have Mod Podge, you can also water down regular school glue and use that. 

The picture really doesnt show its true beauty.  It looks so pretty when you put the candle in.  Gives off a very soft, warm glow.  And the baby food jars are the perfect size for a little tea light candle. 

I just loved the way they looked so I had to make more for Christmas..

Same idea here...clean glass jar, smear with goo, wrap with tissue...but here I splurged and bought a spool of ribbon for a buck at the craft store....It is Christmas, after all. 

You can make a few of these and they look really nice but since they are so cheap and easy to make, you could also make a bunch of them for real impact.  I am making about 25 for my large family room window and I cant wait to see how it looks..  Im thinking they would also look nice outside to light a walkway.   


  1. Ooh! I can imagine how cool that would look lit up. This is a great idea! Course, you already knew that. Thanks for linking up!

  2. HAHA I must be one too!!! I have tissue paper saved from store purchases in THREE different closets in my house! hehe! cute craft! thanks for saying hello <3

    Jenn @ Peas & Crayons

  3. Wow, I love these! I almost wish i had a baby so that i could have little jars to use too, hehehe! :)
    I'm going to try this out some time for sure, they're really pretty.

    Tnx for linking 'em up to my party! :)

  4. I love your thrifty idea, almost free is always good! Stumbled upon your site via tatertots and jello, thanks for sharing.

  5. Such a cute idea! The colors of the christmas ones are what made me click over from tatertots and jello! Lots of my Christmas decor is aqua blue! (and we have the same blogspot theme!)

  6. Oooh, those are so pretty!! Thanks for your sweet comment on my blog. The Christmas card hanger would be realy pretty for hair clips. GREAT idea! Happy holidays ;)

  7. I love this idea . . . and I have many glass jars since I hate to throw them away. Usually I paint them and use to store stuff.

    I'm a new follower from Show and Tell . . . hope you can get a chance to visit my blogs :-)

    Have an awesome weekend . . . Gina
    . . . and many more!

  8. Cheap and easy, you say? This sounds like my kind of project ;)

    If you get a chance later today, I'd love for you to stop by to link up to my Not "Baaad" blog hop :)

  9. Very pretty! Love the colors you used!

  10. The ribbon is a great way to cover up the grooves on the jars!

  11. I have seen a lot of these around but I like yours! They are beautiful.