These last couple of weeks I tackled a project I’ve been meaning to for a while: cleaning and reusing my empty candle jars. I’ve had a pile collecting for quite some time now, so I hit the craft store and gathered a few materials to spruce things up a bit.
I’m really into monogram details at the moment, so I incorporated this into my first design. I used 1/4″ painters tape from Martha Stewart to create the stripes. I started by measuring and taping 1/4″ up from the bottom of the jar, and 1/4″ down from the top of the jar. Then I added two more pieces of tape, one 1/4″ above the bottom tape line, and another 1/4″ below the top tape line. I used a pack of alphabet stickers for my “A”.
For my graduated stripe design, I started measuring from the bottom. My progression: measure up 1″ (stripe), measure up 1/2″ (stripe), measure up 1/4″ (stripe). For the last two stripes, I didn’t measure exactly, but made sure they continued to get smaller in distance.
For gold paint I used the Martha Stewart Liquid Gilding paint in Gold. I’m really impressed with how the finish turned out, so I definitely recommend this paint if you are looking to do something similar! It also comes in silver, copper, and bronze. I painted in long, smooth strokes in one direction to get a nice brushed finish. It took two coats for each jar.
Because my lids for these jars were silver, I decided to paint them too! I also picked up some pretty glass knobs from Hobby Lobby, and hot glued them on the top.
Ta-da! I love the way these turned out. I’ll definitely be trying out more designs as I continue to burn up more candles. I think I may make a few monogram ones as little gifts, too!
There are a lot of ways you can put these jars to use. Some of my favorite ideas have been pens, candy, tea, q-tips, eyeliners, and cotton pads.
… and of course, makeup brushes! 😉
If you would like to see this DIY in action, be sure to watch my corresponding video of me actually making these jars! Have you ever done anything fun to recycle your candle jars?