DIY Gold Candle Jar Organizers

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?

  • sarazbeautytonic

    i love it!the gold look really nice its not too bright and in your face…

  • Laura

    I haven’t painted any of my empty candle jars but I cleaned them out and use them as storage in my bathroom cabinet. They’re the perfect size!

  • amy

    They are the cutest things! I really want to try this out.

    • Allison Anderson

      Thanks! I was surprised at how easy it was, definitely worth a try! :)

  • elyvien

    love this idea! thanks for sharing! I hope one day I have the time to do this..

  • Miranda

    Very pretty. I’m not that into candles, but I recon that it can be done with any glass jar, so I’ll give it a try nex time I’m feeling crafty :)

    • Allison Anderson

      Absolutely! I think I may try it with a glass flower vase or something :)

  • Abby Evans

    This is such a great idea and they look amazing!

    • Allison Anderson

      Thanks!! :)

  • Sterndli98

    I so love this idea

  • Ella

    How cute! BTW, I would really appreciate it if you could tell me what brand/kind of studio lighting you use when filming videos. Your lighting always looks perfectly done! I’m assuming soft box? Any info would be very much appreciated! :)

    • Allison Anderson

      Thank you! I use soft box lighting, not sure what brand mine is though! :)

      • Ella

        Ok, thanks! Darn, I’m really trying to figure out where to buy mine from :/ Any chance you remember where you got yours? Thanks so much in any case!

  • Coco

    Such a cute idea! Love it!

    • Allison Anderson

      Thanks! :)

  • Shauna Sharp

    Such a good idea!!

    • Allison Anderson

      Thank you!

  • Kahlia

    Love this look Allison! I have quite a few B&BW empty candle jars at home that I could transform :)

  • Aissa

    I love this idea! I’m going to try this :)
    Splash of Berry

  • beautopiaxoxo

    This is a really awesome idea and they look lovely!

  • hayley

    great idea!

  • OPI Addict

    This is such a great idea! I love your DIYs :)


    • Allison Anderson

      Thank you :)

  • RxBeautyChic

    I am loving this DIY! Super cute! I found really cute little flowers at my TJMaxx that I used as the “knob”.

    • Allison Anderson

      Ooh that’s a fun idea! Thanks for sharing! :)

  • A Slice of Glam

    These are so pretty! Great job!


  • Silvia
    • Allison Anderson

      Thank you!

  • Brittany

    Such an awesome idea!

  • Noor Shawush

    These are soo cute! Ill definitely be making some soon! Thanks for the wonderful diy.

  • Chelsey Catterall

    I absolutely love this :). I’m heading out to buy supplies today! My only reservation is the lid saying B&BW right on it. Will that show through the paint? Also do you removed the grip from the inside of the lid, I’m worried the glue will loosen by pulling the knob everyday. Thanks so much! These are gorgeous :).

  • Shavonta Arline ™

    I have a quick question, usually those Hobby Lobby door knobs come with a screw attached to them. How did you remove it in order to glue the knob to your lid?