Reusing Household Items as Candle Jars

Tinted glass

What you will need:

  • Mason jars or any other glass jars, bottles or vases
  • Food colouring
  • Liquid glue
  • Tray or sheet pan
  • Small dishes to mix the glue in
  • Paintbrushes
  • Oven

Pour glue into individual bowls - one is bowl required for each colour application.
Add drops of food colouring, mixing until desired colour is reached.
Paint the glue mixture onto the glass jar/container in desired pattern - (try patches of complimentary colour to create a marbled effect!)
Note: you can either the paint inside or outside of the container.
if you painted the outside, place jar/container upside down and leave to drip for an hour. If you painted inside, leave container upright to drip.
After all excess glue has dripped/evened out, place glass containers upside down in the oven on low (about 80 degrees celsius) for 10 minutes.
After 10 minutes, turn upright and bake for a further 20-30 minutes.  

Let to cool. Finished!


Recycled Beverage Bottle


What you will need:

  • Any kind of bottle — beer, soda, wine, liquor
  • Acetone (found in nail polish remover)
  • Scrap yarn or string - (yarn works a little better than string, but either will do)
  • Lighter
  • Ice bath (Ice + water in a sink or bucket)
  • Sandpaper
  • Dish for acetone

1. Wrap the yarn around the glass bottle two or three times, (usually just above the label), and tie off tightly.
2. Removing the yarn (while still keeping tied), place in a dish of acetone to soak.
3. After 60 seconds, replace the acetone soaked yarn on the bottle in the desired place.
4. Light the yarn, spinning the bottle quickly to ignite all sides. This flame should burn out in about 30 seconds.
5. Immediately after the flame is extinguished, submerge the bottle in the ice bath. The top of the glass should crack and fall off..
6. Once you have your broken bottle, sand the top until smooth.
You now have a recycled candle jar!

Note: If you are using a particularly thick glass bottle, you may have to repeat the steps a few times for the glass to crack.



Antique + Coloured Jar

What you will need:

  • Paint (any colour you like!)
  • Paintbrush
  • Sandpaper
  • Mason jars (note: works best with jars that have etched/imprinted writing or images)

1. Paint the mason jars and allow to air dry. If using a thick paint, one coat is enough. If you prefer a more solid colour, or are using thin paint, add a second coat.
2. When your mason jars are completely dry, use a piece of sandpaper to scratch off some of the paint. You don’t need to be careful at all during this part - the more scratched it gets, the more aged it will look


That’s it! Fill with your desired candle and enjoy!


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