Thursday, September 22, 2011

DIY: Mason Jar Candle Holder

During our spring cleaning earlier this year, we found a random mason jar in our linen closet. I had no idea where it came from, but Hubsey seems to think his old roommate got it as a wedding favor. I'd like to think that some friendly neighbor is sneaking into our house and leaving presents, and maybe they'll leave money next time, but I doubt it.

Anywho, I thought I'd do something with it. This from Pinterest, specifically.

You'll need:
a mason jar (or other glass receptacle)
interesting paper of your choosing
Mod Podge
a paintbrush

Cut up (or in the case of my ancient piano music, gently tear) the paper. Put a layer of Mod Podge on the glass, arrange a piece of paper how you want it, and put another coat of Mod on top. Repeat until the glass is covered. For mine, I layered several pieces of paper to make it more like a collage.

Let it dry for a few hours. Grab a votive candle and realize that perhaps you didn't place your paper very well:

Whoops. The sheet music was thicker than I realized. And those bare spots at the top that looked pretty cool in natural light looked REALLY stupid with a candle.

Good thing I bought a back-up jar at GoodWill when I was there getting candelabras. Let's try this again:

Kind of creepy for Halloween, no?

There we go! As Borat would say, great success.

Have you tried out any of your pins lately? How'd it go?


  1. That came out great! Of course, I would have done the same thing and had to have done it twice. I would have been ripping at the first jar though because I wouldn't have thought ahead. I hope you'll come by and link up today!

  2. That's beautiful! Good thing you had a backup!
    Happy Thursday! :)

  3. lovely! i love me some modge podge! i need to get around to making some DIY's for the fall season!


  4. I tried the melted crayon art in the sun from Pinterest. The first one using the sun was just okay the second one using a blowdryer was better. The third one I tried to do by running the crayons through a hot glue gun and it was a dismal failure, plus I got melted purple wax all over the white kitchen floor. Epic FAIL!!! I have discovered that really the only way to get that off is with the Magic Eraser (or a knife). I think I'll stick to Pinterest food ideas for a while :) ~ Suzi

  5. Looks great! Love that you sared the mistake... makes me not feel so bad about redoing projects 10 times lol!

  6. Great idea and project. I recently bought a mason jar to store my Wilton tips in but I realized I didn't like the way they looked in there and it was not very practical because you had to dump the whole jar just to see what you had. A candle holder is a great idea to use that jar for!

  7. this is so fun! on halloween we put tea lights in these jars and hand them in our tree!


  8. LOL! Suzi, that's awesome. Bummer about the floor, but hilarious to picture.

  9. Wow that's very cool :)


  10. I like this take on a halloween votive--it would be great year round especially with the current craze of everything musical.

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