Those of you who read my blog regularly (or even semi-regularly) know that I love glitter. I also like making candles. I actually just bought 10 lbs. of soy wax to make candles for the holidays and this glitter mess right here is my first victim.
It was really easy to make. The design only takes a few minutes (outside of drying time). If you want to make your own candle, you can go through this tutorial first. It walks you through how to make a soy candle.
Things You Will Need:
** I highly recommend using a plain glass jar with no designs or impressions on it. I used an old pickle jar. It was a good size for experimentation, too!
Wrap your rubber bands around the jar. I used a few different sizes so that it would add some variety the design.
Get your glitter and glue ready. Prepare a mound of glitter that you can spread.
Go ahead and add a thin layer of Mod Podge to your jar. Make sure it’s thin or you will get some clumping.
While the glue is still wet, roll your jar in the glitter. Make sure you get all of it!
Let it dry.
When the glue is dry, carefully take off the rubber bands.
You can see that I made my glue too thick in some places along the edges. If this happens to yours, use your finger nail to carefully peel those pieces off.
If you want to avoid getting glitter everywhere, clean off your brush and put another layer of Mod Podge over top of the glitter. It will seal the design and you won’t have to worry about additional clean up.
Now you should have a beautiful glitter candle holder!
You can give it as a gift or keep it for yourself. This one is for experimentation for me, but there will be more to come!
Let me know what you think!
14 thoughts on “DIY Glitter Design Candle Jar”
Nifty idea. I wonder if there would be a way to do the glitter inside the jar. Paint on the glue and swirl the glitter around and then pour in the wax. Also, I suggest using vases and glasses to bypass the jar lid screw lines.
You could do that, but the glue is flammable, so make sure you use a flameless candle instead. I made a glitter candle jar design last year with the glitter on the inside: http://makesomethingmondays.wordpress.com/2013/12/30/diy-glitter-candle-holders/
I haven’t found a way to keep the glitter on the inside without putting it in the wax.
Maybe mixing glitter in the wax? I tend to have glitter everywhere when it’s on the outside of something. Would sealing the glitter with a coat of wax help prevent the inevitable glitter shower?
Oh, if you put another later of Mod Podge over the glitter after the first layer of glue dries, it will seal the glitter so it doesn’t get all over the place. I hate when that happens too.
Very nice! 🙂
Thank you! It was a fun one. Although, there is still glitter ALLL over my house.
LOL! A good reminder of the fun you had. 🙂
Hahaha that is a good way to look at it. I like that optimistic attitude. Hold on to that!
Hi Megan. What a great and simple idea. Does it work on cats ? lol 😉 <3
(I have not been commenting as all my comments ended up in dashboard spam on every blog I commented in. Akismet has finally fixed it. Yay ! So no need to slap my wrist. 😉 )
Haha, I have missed you! Wondered where you went. Glad everything is fixed now. I bet you’re relieved.
Uhh, not sure I’d try that on the cat, haha. You might get clawed to death.
Lovely tutorial! Is the design heat resistant? Did the glitter design melt off when you used the candle? The jars tend to get hot when the candle is burning.
Thanks! I don’t let it burn for a long period of time. Maybe an hour. But I haven’t had any trouble with it melting off.
Lovely tutoruial. Is the deign heat resisant? Candle jars tend to get hot when candle is burning. Wondering whether or not the design will hold up while the candle is burning.
I’m so sorry, Elle. I missed your comment somehow. I’ve not had any problems with the heat of the candle. The glue is not marketed as heat resistant but didn’t come off when I burned the candle. So sorry for the delayed response.