Canning jar candles are very easy to make, make great
gifts, and are only limited by your imagination!
To start all you need are some old wide mouth canning
jars, wire ribbon, potpourri, votive candles, small
glass votive candle holders, and craft glue or a hot
If you don't have any old
canning jars, you can find some very inexpensively at
thrift stores and yard sales. Wire ribbon can be a
little expensive. Look for it at yard sales and at craft
store clearance sales. The after-Christmas sales a great
time to stock up. One roll of ribbon will make several
canning jar candles. Potpourri you can make yourself or
buy on sale. Votive candles are inexpensive at stores
like Target or Walmart, and you can also find glass
votive candle holders very inexpensively at Walmart. You
want one that will set in the rim of the canning jar.
You can fill the canning
jar with whatever you wish. Potpourri is one of the
easiest fillers. I bought a nice autumn-scented
potpourri and added some orange slices I'd dried in my
food dehydrator. You can also add dried cranberries,
apple slices, or cinnamon sticks.
After you fill the jar,
set the candle holder inside the mouth of the jar. The
top of the candle holder should be even with the top of
the jar. You might have a little trial and error before
you find just the right candle holder. Place the candle
in the holder and then use the ribbon to tie a big bow
around the neck of the jar. That's it! (You might want
to use a little craft glue or your glue gun to tack the
ribbon in place).
You can glue some dried fruit, flowers, or other
decorations on the bow for a more decorative look. You
can also put other things in the jar besides potpourri.
I've seen one half filled with white sugar with a short
white taper candle set down in the sugar. Very pretty!
And that one doesn't require the candle holder.
At Christmas you can purchase small ornaments and place
them in the jar instead of the potpourri. Any small
figurine would do-in the spring you could use little
Maybe fill a jar with marbles or layers of colored sand.
Even pennies! Use your imagination. These candles make
great gifts and are also fun to make for yourself. If
you get tired of one just empty it out and start again!
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