Baby Food Jars into Candles

I have so many little baby food jars that I haven’t wanted to throw out because they remind me of little mason jars and I knew they could be turned into something cute. I decided to make candles out of them. I love using little candles around the house or for a romantic evening picnic or for when the lights go out (which happens a lot where I live). After putting some thought into it I came up the the below strategy to create them. Enjoy!

Supplies Needed:
-glass baby food jars
-any kind of candle you have laying around the house large or small
-small individual cheap candles, preferably with a wick that has a metal base
-candle warmer ( I use the $5 one from Wal-Mart)
-Any paint or embellishments you would like to decorate them with

Step 1- Clean the baby food jars and place pieces of candle in the bottom and small candle above, or one medium candle. I just mixed and matched candles that I had laying around the house in drawers being useless. I made sure they were sticking up above the top about half an inch. I also made sure there was a candle with a wick at the top. If you don’t have enough you can always add more later. Note: I put non smelly white and yummy smelling green together to see what would happen, and it made a lighter shade green but still smelt delicious. This way I didn’t have to use so much of my yummy candle and can now make more from it by taking up space with a plain white candle.
Step 2- Place the jar on a candle warmer and wait for it to completely melt. This could take up to 30 minutes depending on the candle. I don’t mind the wait because it makes my house smell delicious. I’m sure there is an easier way, but I enjoyed this less messy method.
Step 3- After candle has melted remove from the heat and allow to sit. If the candle you use has wick that has a metal base it should be standing up perfectly. If it doesn’t you can take out the wick and wait until it is almost hardened to put the wick in.
Step 4- After your candles are completely hardened they are ready to embellish if you would like, have fun being creative. You can see some fun ideas of what I did to mine below.

I had fun decorating my candles…I spray painted one of them white and added little dot swirls to it. Anybody can do these simple things with paint. You can never fail with adding raffia and buttons to items for cuteness.

Okay the candle below is very much a fire hazard, but sure is cute…I would not suggest lighting something like this but using it more for looks.

I really enjoy making these and look forward to making some more now that  I’ve played around with different ideas. I would love to make a bunch of little matching ones for a party table or as part of a centerpiece. The possibilities are endless. I thinks these ones are going into Ella’s room. Have fun & be creative when making these cuties. Have an awesome day! ♥Christina

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32 Responses to Baby Food Jars into Candles

  1. You just gave me an idea. I have kept a bunch of baby jars at home waiting to be put to use. I will use them for candle making. The instructions you posted sound easy so i guess i can do it. I can't wait to get started.

    • Louis, I’m glad you were inspired, they really are super simple to make…this to me is the non-messy way of making candles which I love! I love love to see pictures if you do this project…just send them to contact at dearbeautifulyou dot com. Thanks:-)

  2. Great idea! What kind of paint did you use for this? Wanting to do something similar, but I don't really know what kind would be best. Thanks 🙂 Andrea

    • Hey Andrea, For the designs on the jars I used acrylic paint…you can see a photo of the paint at this link… my sister did a project using the same paint and took a pic of it. The white base was spray paint, but after trying out a couple techniques, I would recommend hand painting the base color with acrylic paint as well just using a sponge brush instead of the spray paint. Also, if you mess up it's really easy to wash off before it completely dries so you can try some different techniques. Have fun with this! I would love to see pics of your project when you finish:-) Let me know if you have any more questions…thanks for stopping by!

  3. I seriously want to come hang out with you! You do the most fun and cutest things! Thank you so much for sharing on Show Me Your Plaid Monday's!

  4. Oh I just love these cute little candles! I'm about to have twins so I'll have a HUGE stock load of jars very soon! Pin'ing!! Thank you for sharing at the Ducks in a Row Party!

  5. Do you think that an empty Scentsy would work as a candle warmer? Like put the baby jar full of wax in where the Scentsy wax cubes normally go?

  6. I love these, this will make cute little gifts for the elderly ladies i sit with. Thanks you will have made them happy. thanks for the article that you provide is very helpful I would go back to reread my regards

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