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Outdoor Candle Holders For You To Make

We have used an old jar that used to have pasta sauce in it for this project. You can use any glass jar that is big enough to hold a candle. The photo below shows how we used an old coffee jar with a different shape.

recycled glass candle holder


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Materials and Equipment

  • Old glass jar
  • String
  • P.V.A. glue or white kids glue
  • Water
  • Old scissors to cut gluey string
  • Lidded container for glue
  • Baby wipe or similar cleaning cloth
  • Paint and brushes(optional)
  • Stones or gravel
  • Candle


Outdoor Candle Holders Instructions

outdoor candle holders 01 You will need to prepare a work area that is easy to clean as glue will go everywhere. Put a tablespoonful of glue into a container and add the same amount of water, stir until the mixture is smooth.
outdoor candle holders 02 Cut off a long piece of string and completely cover it in glue.
outdoor candle holders 03 Start at the bottom of the jar. Create a spiral working from the center. Make sure the string is completely soaked so it sticks to the jar and itself.

You will be able to move the spiral around to get the best position whilst the glue is still wet.

outdoor candle holders 04 Trim the string if necessary. This will make a mess of your scissors but they can be cleaned afterwards. If your piece of string was too short to complete the base just add more until it is all covered.
outdoor candle holders 05 Start adding spirals to the sides of the jar. Make sure the string is completely soaked.
outdoor candle holders 06 Add as many spirals as you can without damaging the work you have already done. While the string is still wet the spirals can be moved around to get the best positions. Don’t forget to leave an opening on one side for the light of the candle to shine through. Leave overnight to dry. Put the lid on your glue container so that you can use it next time.
outdoor candle holders 07 You will now be able to put the jar down on the base while you finish it off. Continue working more spirals and wrap string around the top part of the jar to give it a neat finish.
outdoor candle holders 08 Fill in the gaps between the spirals with short lengths of string.

Leave the jar to dry completely before decorating.

outdoor candle holders 09 Once the string is completely dry you can paint it if you want to. Clean the glue off of the front of the glass jar using a baby wipe or similar cloth cleaner.

We have put stones in the bottom of the jar for the candle to rest on. The photo below shows the candle holder from different sides.

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recycled glass jar candle holder

We have used artists acrylic paint to decorate our candle holders as it dries quickly and gives a hard wearing finish.

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