DIY: Glittered Mason Jar Candle Holders

by Kim Merrikin, Seattle Goodwill
December 4, 2016

Glittered Mason Jar Candle HoldersGlittered Mason Jar candle holders look great as a table centerpiece, on the mantle, or guiding your guests up your pathway for your holiday party. On a scale of one to ten, ten being the most difficult DIY project that precipitates Pinterest failsand one being the easiest DIY project you’ve ever encountered—this project is about a two. Here are the supplies you’ll need:

From Goodwill:
Mason Jars
Candles that stand on their own
(I found two mason jars with hangars already attached, and a whole bag of white votives for a total of $4 at our Flagship store on Dearborn.)

From a craft store (or Fred Meyer):
Spray Adhesive
Glitter (finer glitter works better!)
Polyurethane Spray-on Sealant

Glittered Mason Jar candle Holders - SuppliesGiven that no one wants glitter tracked all over their house—and it involves spray-on chemicals—I advise doing this project outside or in a well-ventilated garage, and over a cardboard box or ground covering to make glitter clean up easier.

Step One: Wash and completely dry the mason jars.

Upside Down Mason JarsStep Two: Spray adhesive
With the jar upside down, spray the bottom, and part of the sides—where ever you spray, glitter will be.

Step Three: Glitter
Right after you spray the adhesive, while it’s still very tacky (like your best ugly Christmas sweater), sprinkle the glitter over the whole outside of the jar. If you’re not feeling like it’s glittery enough, spray it again, and roll it in the glitter mess you just made. Give it 15-20 minutes to dry.

Glittered Mason JarsStep Four: Seal
After you’ve given the adhesive 15-20 minutes to dry, shake off your jars (to remove loose glitter), and add a coat of the polyurethane sealant, and let it dry. If you can still brush glitter off your jars at that point, add another coat. Note: Polyurethane can stay stinky for a while. I advise giving your glittery candle holders a day before you bring them in your home.

Step Five: Add candles
Place your candles in your jars—wherever you may have placed them—and enjoy the glittery glow!

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Kim fancies herself a professional communicator. She has experience in writing, graphic design, and social media, and is always looking to expand her knowledge base into other fields of communication. She loves people, coffee & Seattle (including the rain).

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