Homemade Jar Candle Holders

Updated November 21, 2016

If you have a creative spirit, you can turn empty mayonnaise jars, Mason jars, baby food jars and any number of other kinds of jars into decorative candle holders. It is relatively easy to make colourful candle holders that will complement your decor. Save your jars, bits of ribbon, beads and lace, and use them to make candle holders that you will be proud to display in your home or give away as gifts. There is no limit to the ways in which you can decorate the jars.

Clean the jars well before you start to work on them. You can spray paint the entire interior of the jar in any colour you wish. If you are talented, paint designs onto the outer sides of the jars with stained glass paint. For Christmas, paint poinsettias on the jars. In spring, paint flowers on the outside of the jar. If you don't want to paint the jars, smear glue all over the outside of the jar. Tear the tissue paper into small pieces the size of a quarter or a half dollar. Glue the pieces of tissue paper to the outside of the jar. When you burn a candle in the jar the tissue paper will look like stained glass. Use baby food jars to make candle holders for tea light candles.

Decorate your jars with ribbons tied around the grooves at the top of the jars, after any paint or glue you have applied has thoroughly dried. Instead of ribbons, you can string beads onto a piece of floristry wire and wrap the wire around the top of the jar. Decorate the jars with bits of lace or other fabric scraps that you might have.

Place a candle in your decorated jar. If the jar is larger than your candle, fill the jar around the candle with coloured rock salt. Colour the salt with a few drops of food colouring and let it dry before putting it around the candle.


Mason jars are heat resistant and make good candle holders. Use only tea light candles in the candle holders you make from baby food jars.


Be careful using candles in mayonnaise jars; the jars might overheat and break, causing a fire. Be sure that the ribbons or other fabric that you use to decorate the candle holders are not near the flame.

Things You'll Need

  • Jars
  • Floristry wire
  • Stained glass paints
  • Spray paint
  • Glue
  • Coloured tissue paper
  • Scissors
  • Beads
  • Ribbons
  • Lace
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