I have a fun, little upcycling project to share with you today! Supplies:
- Cleaned out candle jars (or any clean glass jars)
- Martha Stewart Crafts Glass Paint
- Paint brush
- Rubbing alcohol
- Coordinating decorative trim
- Hot glue gun
Martha Stewart Crafts Glass Paint
- Frost Translucent – Wedding Cake
- Gloss Transparent – Pink Hyacinth
We’re going to start by cleaning our jars with rubbing alcohol.
I didn’t have any rubbing alcohol, so I dug through my first aid kit and found this alcohol wipe to clean my jars with.
The rubbing alcohol is supposed to make the paint adhere better to the glass. I have two different size candle jars.
I’m going to paint the smaller one pink and the larger one white. Now, we’re going to start painting.
Like I said above, I’m going to paint this jar pink. After two or three coats of paint, I still wasn’t satisfied with the color, so I added a bunch more! I believe this is after seven or eight coats of paint.
I’d never used glass paint before, so I wasn’t sure what the final product was supposed to look like.
I wasn’t exactly satisfied with my painting at this point, but I decided to stop and let the paint dry. While the pink paint was drying, I started on my white, beach glass jar.
I only gave the white jar two coats of paint.
The gloss and frost paints are quite different, so I didn’t feel like I needed to add as many coats to the white jar. I set my jars aside to dry and noticed the pink jar becoming more transparent and quite a bit prettier! YAY!
At this point, I decided to add some fun decorative trim to each jar. I dug through all my craft supplies and came up with some great options! This hot pink, crochet trim will be added to the pink jar.
I got this pack of scraps from Hobby Lobby several years ago, and as you can tell, most of the pretty colors have been used up! I bought these adorable, little trim packs from the dollar section at Michael’s several years ago, and now I’m finally getting some use out of them!
All of these colors are great and would be perfect for my white jar.
I decided to go with the aqua/mint set because I thought it would complement my pink jar quite nicely! For the pink jar, we’re just going to hot glue a small piece of trim around the top edge.
I tried to be as precise as possible when lining up the ends of the trim. The picture makes the ends look all jumbled, but I promise they look pretty good in person! The white jar is a little more involved.
We’re going to start by adding a piece of the aqua, velvet ribbon around the top edge of the jar. Next, we’re going to make a bow.
Cut a short piece of velvet ribbon to make the bow. I think my piece is 4 inches or so.
Cut an even smaller piece for the center of the bow. I think mine is 1.5 inches long. Fold the longer of the two pieces in thirds and glue in the center. This will form the body of the bow. Now, we’re going to glue the center ribbon around the bow. Flip the bow over (the seam should be facing you) and glue one side of the smaller ribbon to the center of the bow. Now, wrap the ribbon completely around the bow and glue on the back right next to where you glued it in the previous step. Here’s the finished bow! So little and cute! Put a small dot of hot glue over the ribbon seam on the jar.
The bow should be glued right where to two edges of the ribbon meet, covering the seam completely. Once the bow is glued on, our upcycled jars are complete! I LOVE LOVE LOVE how these turned out!
My lip products look adorable in them!
The colors pop fantastically!
6 thoughts on “How To – DIY Upcycled Glass Candle Jars”
Such a cute idea!!
They are so lovely!!
These are so cute I might actually try these!
You should! They’re so easy to make!!