How to make outdoor jar candle holders

Written by cyndee kromminga | 13/05/2017
How to make outdoor jar candle holders
The jar protects its candle flame from the wind. (TomLester/iStock/Getty Images)

Hung from trees or the edges of a patio cover, outdoor jar candle holders can create a beautiful ambience in your outdoor living space. They are also very economical. You can use vintage costume jewellery to decorate these beautiful outdoor jar candle holders .

Measure and cut 2 lengths of craft wire 90 cm (36 inches) long. This can be shorter or longer depending on the length you need for beading. Center and wrap one wire around the rim of the pint canning jar, below the bottom ridge. Twist the wires together where they meet on one side of the canning jar. Center and wrap the other wire in the same way. Twist the wires together on the opposite side of the jar rim. You will have four wire ends extending.

Cut apart the beaded costume jewellery and sort the colours and sizes. Thread the beads onto each of the wire ends. Create a pattern with the beads and repeat on each wire for the desired length of beading, 17.5 or 20 cm (7 or 8 inches). Each wire should have identical bead patterns so that they end up the same length.

Bring all four wire ends together at the end of the strung beads and twist. With all four ends together, string 5 cm (2 inches) of beads on the twist. Twist together the remaining portion of the wire ends.

Cut the end of the twisted wire 7.5 cm (3 inches) from the beads on the outdoor jar candle holder. Fold the end down and twist the bottom inch of the wire and the top inch of the wire together. Open the wire in the centre to form a hanging loop.

Place a votive candle or tea light in your outdoor jar candle holder. Cut a piece of cording twice the length of where the jar will hang from a tree branch or patio hook. Thread the cording through the candle holder's hanging loop. Tie the ends around the tree branch or hook. Keep the jars low enough to reach for replacing used candles.

Things you need

  • 473 ml (1 pint) canning jar
  • Craft wire
  • Measuring tape
  • Wire cutters
  • Beaded costume jewellery
  • Scissors
  • Votive candles or tea light candles
  • Cording

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