We are well stocked with empty baby food jars these days, so I am on a mission to come up with creative ways to turn them into a fun projects this summer. First up – 4th of July Votive Candle Holders. I love that this entire project is made with recycled materials. Total out-of-pocket expense $0!
- Glass jars
- Tissue Paper
- Glue (I used Elmer’s School Glue)
- Paint brush
This project is so easy that I left my daughter doing step two while I grabbed the baby, and when I returned she had figured out and started step three without me. (My little crafter!)
Step 1– Cut little squares of red, white and blue tissue paper. (It would also be really cut to use a star-shaped hole punch for this, but I didn’t have one.)
Step 2 – Before starting step two, mix one part glue and one part water. This creates a homemade modge podge. Paint a layer of glue along the inside of the jar.
Step 3 – Place your tissue paper along the inside of the jar. Tip – use the back of the paint brush to smooth little bits in place.
Step 4 – Paint another layer of glue on top of your tissue paper. (Glue dries clear, so go crazy!)
Step 5 – Add battery-operated candles, step back and marvel!
NOTE – This craft is NOT fireproof. Please don’t use real candles, you will see in the pictures we used battery-operated tea lights.
Happy 4th of July!
Kelly @ Texas Type A Mom says
What a cute idea! My little one is still a couple of months away from starting solids but I’ll definitely be looking for more ideas like this when she does! I hate wasting those little jars.
SO pretty! And fun! I just gave away ALL my baby food jars at a tag sale… but new baby is due in a month so by Christmas I may be making Christmas votives for myself! 🙂
Beeb Ashcroft says
Aww how cute! Great craft for kids, since it lets them make their own safe “Candles” for the 4th!
Tesa @ 2 Wired 2 Tired says
That’s really neat! I know my kids would love to do a project like this.
You are so creative. What a cute idea.
WE used to make these for the kids in my first grade class. They are so much fun and cute too!
What a fun project that the kids can help with, plus learn about upcycling!