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DIY stained glass candle holder that's easily changed.
Let's make something fun and trendy that can be changed just as fast as what's trendy changes.
I love old glass. My neighbor found out and gave me a really old mason jar he had laying around in storage. He's a sweet heart. I made him a batch of homemade, oatmeal raisin cookies, so it worked out well for both of us.
I wanted to make it into a stained glass looking candle holder but at the same time, I wanted to make sure I could still use it for storage if I ever wanted to. Further, I wanted something for Halloween that wouldn't have to stay scary looking all year.
Can I get all of that out of one old, dirty, mason jar? Sure I can. Follow along here to see how you can too. It's really easy. This one is going to have a Halloween theme but I'm going to show you how to change that up in just a minute or two any time you want. Let's get to it.
Stickers are so versatile for embellishing glass.
What makes this so easy and fast is the nature of glass.
Glue peels right off it, paint dissolves with just a little soap and hot water.
The very nature of glass makes it fantastic for crafting items that you may or may not want to stay the way you decorate them. It's truly a most forgiving surface to work with when it comes to covering and recovering.
Personally, I really like the fact that this can be used for storing food as well as be decorated at the same time since the pretty parts go on the outside only.I'm using it now as a candle holder and it looks cool but I'm thinking about making several more to give away filled with candy as gifts at Halloween.
After the candy is eaten, it's still a useful gift.
I can't get enough of these things. Mason jars can be used over and over for so many things. They just make sense from a cents perspective, as in saving cents.
From canning to making candles, food storage to stashing and protecting craft suppies, mason jars are awesome. The glass is very strong and being see through makes it really easy to see what's running low.
Mason jars keep critters, moisture and food robbing rot at bay while being super affordable, stackable and reusable.
I like getting these in packages of a dozen or a half dozen as opposed to individually for the cost saving goodness.
I really like this set because they are the larger ones. Here in the south, at the start of summer, I saw shelves full of these one weekend at the local store. Literally, there was like a half an aisle worth.
The next weekend, I could not find a single box of the large jars. There were some of the small jelly size left, but not a single big jar.
Now, in minutes, it's a peace sign stained glass candle holder.
Let's get cracking on making some country kooky spooky cheap chic.
We're going for maximum scrap busting here.
Do you ever find a use for something you just knew had none? I did when doing this. Mr. Lytle had just finished building a puppy pen. He used a bunch of zip ties in the process. When done, he had all these ends he had cut off headed for the trash.
That alone is spooky. They are plastic and will live in the earth forever. I think not! Watch as they turn into spider legs for Squidmund here. The best thing about this, in my opinion, is how it's so easily changeable.
Check out what I whipped up in less than thirty seconds after taking the spider off. Since he's just hot glued on, he peels right off with very little effort.
The materials used.
So, what's up on the materials list?
To do this, you will need a glass container of some kind. This one is an old mason jar. Paint and Mod Podge are all you need for most of the project.
The spider was made from left over zip tie bits, one medium pom pom and two small ones, two tiny googly eyes and some glue.
The lid on this one was simply covered in ribbon and glued on seed beads, both of which are easily and quickly removed. For me, the mostly black and purple colors worked well with my tastes while the touches of green and orange lend a Halloween vibe and some funky fun.
When not spooky spider scarified, stickers work great. They are super cheap and peel right off when you're tired of them. To keep them from peeling up before you're ready, spray them with a shot of acrylic or even hair spray works.
Mod Podge is great for helping paint stick to glass.
Step one is to pull it all together.
Throw a towel, newspaper or something down to cover whatever surface you are working on.
Grab up all the gear and let's go for it.
To do the candle holder itself before spider or peace sign, here's what you need.
Needed: 1 glass container, paint, Mod Podge
Solid black defines the borders.
Mix each color with Mod Podge separately.
For a lighter, more opaque look, use more Mod Podge. For more full coverage, use more paint. I went with the more paint.
When I got this mason jar, I was thinking the little diamond pattern on three sides and framing a non patterned expanse of glass in the front would be really cool.
Of course, I had momentarily forgotten my lack of artistic talent at that point. In hindsight, I think a smooth surface would be easier to work with. For straight lines, you can tape it off. For cool patterns and shapes, you could use a stencil. Or, you could just free hand it like I did.
As you can see, I can't paint a straight line to save my life. The next time I do this, I'll tape them off on a smooth surface.
Step Two is to add another color.
I really recommend doing one color at a time and letting it dry between colors. It only takes a few minutes. It's about long enough to top off the coffee cup and grab a cookie.
The reason for this is the smudge factor as you move it around to work with it. Some folks can keep the jar stationary and paint it like that. I never can. I always find myself picking it up and moving it around.
You can paint anything you can dream up or snag off the net. If you mess up, just wipe it off. No worries.
Step three is to do the lid.
This step is optional. You could leave it as is or leave it out, as you wish.
This was so simple.
Wrap the outer rim of the lid in ribbon secured with a drop of hot glue.
Glue seed beads to the top and fast as lickity split, you're stuck waiting for it to dry.
This does take some time. It's really easy to apply, just paint on the glue and pour on the beads. But, it takes a while for the glue to set. You could use hot glue for this.
Do you like to do crafts that re-purpose, reuse and recycle?
Step four was to start the spider.
Squidmond he has been deemed, Squidmond the spider.
This was so easy. Kids would get a kick out of this and could whip them out really fast.
Cut off eight zip tie end bits of equal sizes for the legs. Glue them to the bottom of a medium or large pom pom. I used hot glue but white or rubber cement would work for the little ones.
When the legs are dry, flip the little guy over. Glue on the smaller pom poms with a googly eye on each and voila! One spider via crafty goodness.
Using a drop or two of hot glue, stick the spider on your new candle holder and check him out.
The DIY stained glass themed candle holder.
Enjoy the spooky spider scary for the season.
Remember, if you're going to actually burn a candle in it, leave off the glass insert in the lid or it won't burn.
Also, please, never leave a lit candle unattended. For homes with small children, go flame free so you don't have to worry and the kiddies can still have some spooky type crafty fun.
For different type looks, you could glue on just about anything you can think up. Small army men or action figures, fake plastic spiders, small skulls, dinosaurs, troll dolls, whatever you can come up with and like. It's really up to you.
Flame free candles are the safest way to go for more than one reason.
We all know since it's never lit it can't start a fire, a great relief with children and pets. What we may not think about is the smell factor. I love scented candles. Some folks, not so much.
Some adults and many children with allergies don't do well breathing around scented candles. Use these flameless, scent free candles to ensure everyone stays healthy and happy.
On top of the safety issues associated with candles being eliminated by these, I like that you get multiple bang for the buck and the size is great for many uses.
DIY stained class mason jar candle holder with a peace sign vibe.
To get a new look in a flash, squash the spider and grab the stickers.
No spiders were hurt in the making of this project. Squash just sounds good.
Squidmond lives, just relocated to the crafting bin. No worries for his safety, please.
The beauty of hot glue on glass is it comes right off.
Use the color coordinated stickers of your choosing to create a different look in two shakes.
To keep the stickers from coming up around the edges or on curves, after smoothing out any bubbles, spray a few times with a super sticky hairspray or acrylic. After being sprayed, they will last as long as you want. If you want to remove them, simply scrape off and wipe the area with rubbing alcohol.
Squidmond spidey says have a safe and happy spooky this year!
Only use a hot glue on thicker glass.
If working with thin or delicate glass, avoid a hot glue gun as the glass may crack. Things like mason jars, pickle and olive jars and such are fine. Thin wine glasses and delicate glass cups, not so much.