Jam jar candle holder craft

We are fighting back against the darkness brought with the clock change and making jam jar candle holders to light up our home.How to make beautiful jam jar candle holders

How to make jam jar candle holders

As soon as the clocks go back it’s like someone threw the light switch and the afterschool atmosphere changes. Instead of lamenting the lack of light we are making our own, transforming jam jars into beautiful candle holders to create a cosy glow in the kitchen as we play and eat dinner.

You will need: clean jam jars, PVA glue, water, a paint brush and some embellishments – we used sequins but autumn leaves or tissue paper are great alternatives

This is a good upcycling craft using old jam jars and we like to use ones with a wide neck, so it’s easier to place the tealights inside and light them.

jam jar candle holder craft
Start by thinning your glue with a little water,  mixing it all together with your paintbrush.
jam jar candle holder craft
Then paint this mix over the outside of your jam jar.
jam jar candle holder craft
Add your embellishments and paint an extra layer of the watered down glue on top to hold everything in place, and provide a protective finish.
jam jar candle holder craft
Once the glue is completely dry pop your tealight inside and sit back and enjoy the warm glow.
jam jar candle holder craft
For more candle holder craft ideas try our salt dough candle holder

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  1. says

    Beautiful! I love the soft glow of tealight candle holders. Not only are yours beautiful while lit, I bet they’re beautiful sitting around the room without candles as well.
    Thanks so much for sharing!

    • Cathy @ NurtureStore says

      Thanks for your comments. I love it too :) Just what we needed to brighten up our kitchen.

  2. says

    That looks great ~ been looking for ideas for jam jar tealight holders and think we may use up some of our starry sequins now :)

  3. Sharon Noble aka Cheeky Monkeys Childminding says

    This is a brilliant idea – very simple but effective and great fun – now just need to eat the jam/marmalade and pickle so that we have enough jars – thank you for the inspiration x

  4. says

    Stopping by from the Sunday Showcase Linky Party!
    Really like your idea for the jam jar candle holders. They turned out so pretty! Bet it was a fun project enjoyed by all.
    Our entries for Sunday Showcase are Nature Walk and Mad for Matisse!
    Hope that you will pop by to see my blog, Sunrise Learning Lab.

    Have a nice week and hope that you will pop by my blog to say hello.
    :) Colleen

  5. says

    this came out lovely & would make an awesome holiday gift for a grandparent, etc…. the wheels are turning now! many thanks for the inspiration & for sharing on the sunday showcase last week.


  6. says

    I keep going back over and over all the comments because I remember looking at this and loving it and commenting, but alas no comment. I love this idea! I am so glad you put it on Monday Madness. I am now off to pin it!

    • Cathy @ NurtureStore says

      Laura – I wonder where your comment went? Thanks so much for leaving another one – really pleased you like this idea :)

  7. says

    It seems my comments are never on peoples things I think I comment on and then if they link up to my post I look again and see I didn’t comment. I think it is just me having seen a post and wondering why I didn’t comment. I really liked this idea and thought I had said so but I guess I didn’t. By the way. I am featuring this tomorrow!

  8. Amy says

    Beautiful! What brand sequins did you use? I love the variety of shapes and colors! if you could post a website/link to purchase them that would be great!

    • Cathy @ NurtureStore says

      Hi Amy, the sequins are lovely aren’t they. They were just a random find in a pound store (dollar store) – lucky!

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