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!
-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.
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