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Glass Jar Votive Holders

Glass Jar Votive Holders

This has to be one of my favorite activities to do with the kids!

Start by saving jars for a month or more! Salsa, jelly, vegetable, and baby jars all work well. Soak the jars to remove the labels and scrub any excess glue off.

  • Clean Jars
  • Mod Podge (or diluted School Glue)
  • Brushes
  • Jar of water to rest brushes in
  • Tissue Paper (I limited the palette to whites and blues)
  • Magazine cut outs, sheet music, stickers, or decorative hole punches
  • Plastic tablecloth or sheet to cover your work area

1. Tear your tissue paper, sheet music, or other paper into small strips and/or cut magazine pictures into small pieces.


2. Brush a coating of Mod Podge onto the outside of the jar.


3. Lay down your first layer of papers. (You be the creative genius here! You really can’t go wrong.)


4. Coat the top of your paper layer with more Mod Podge and continue until the jar has been covered. It is okay to and encouraged to overlap layers. (Again, you are the creative genius!)


5. Finish your jar by brushing on a final coating of Mod Podge. Be sure everything has been coated.


6. Rest your votive holders on wax paper to dry. (Did you know that I never buy wax paper anymore? I use recycled cereal bags.) After an hour, flip your jars over to allow the other end to dry.

Insert your tea lights or use flame-less candles and enjoy!


They are so adorable, that after the season has passed, I’ve been known to use these for pencil holders, for makeup brushes or impromptu vases for a bud or two. They also make a great gift from your child to an adoring Grandparent!  What do you think? Are they gift-worthy?

15 replies
  1. Kathy A.
    Kathy A. says:

    One of my simple crafts has been to “decoupage” tissue paper printed with a rubber stamped image onto candles with my heat gun. As long as you didn’t keep brushing over the Modge Podge to make the ink run, I should think it would work here, too. One of my faves was penquins with scarves–only needed to color feet, beaks, and scarves. Kids could help with the coloring with makers. This would expand MY choices widely as the rubber stamps have multiplied, all being stored together! I bet the gold glitter Modge Podge would be pretty, too. I like the idea of making an ombre design with navy, blue, and white tissue, too. Wish I had a source for baby food jars!

  2. Cindy & Emily
    Cindy & Emily says:

    Great idea! My daughter and I made these out of Mason jars. She plans to give them to her teachers this holiday. We will fill them with chocolate kisses, put a flameless votive in the top, put the lid on and tie it with a ribbon.

  3. Heather
    Heather says:

    These are great! I can't wait until I have enough glass jars to make these. The possibilities are endless. Thanks for posting this.

  4. a voice
    a voice says:

    love the colors, the blue looks perfect muted with the white tissue over it. next time my kids do these i may try limiting their color palette and adding some neutrals such as you did with the snowflakes and sheet music.
    about the wax paper, hadn't heard of the cereal thing before, does it work when having to roll cookie dough logs, if it dosen't stick i shall have to try this. another question can you iron the pieces together like you can with wax paper?


  5. Paige (Final Clothes-Out)
    Paige (Final Clothes-Out) says:

    I love anything that involved Mod Podge. It's seriously the easiest thing to do and it's almost impossible to mess up! The ones with sheet music are my fave. 🙂


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