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How to Make Themed Stained Glass Containers for Pennies - Spooky Spider - Mason Jar Cheap Chic Demo

Updated on September 10, 2014

DIY stained glass candle holder that's easily changed.

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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.

Squidmund spidy says what the heck is she up to now?
Squidmund spidy says what the heck is she up to now? | Source

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.

Ball Jar Heritage Collection Pint Jars with Lids and Bands, Blue, Set of 6
Ball Jar Heritage Collection Pint Jars with Lids and Bands, Blue, Set of 6

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.

Pull off the spider, add some stickers and you're good to go.
Pull off the spider, add some stickers and you're good to go. | Source

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.

Mason jar, paint, Mod Podge, stickers, pom pom spider, hot glue gun, ribbon, beads
Mason jar, paint, Mod Podge, stickers, pom pom spider, hot glue gun, ribbon, beads | Source

So, what's up on the materials list?

Surprisingly little.

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.

Glass container (mason jar), paint and Mod Podge
Glass container (mason jar), paint and Mod Podge | Source

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.

You would think I could paint a straight line, but no.
You would think I could paint a straight line, but no. | Source

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.

Add a color here, another color there.
Add a color here, another color there. | Source

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.

Cover lid rim in ribbon.  Do the top with seed beads and glue.
Cover lid rim in ribbon. Do the top with seed beads and glue. | Source

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.

Make the spider and stick him on the front.
Make the spider and stick him on the front. | Source

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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.

Spiders are scary boo spooky.
Spiders are scary boo spooky. | Source

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.

Festival Delights Battery Operated Candles, 1.5x1.75 inch, Set of 6
Festival Delights Battery Operated Candles, 1.5x1.75 inch, Set of 6

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.

Stickerfied when not in the mood for the spooky.
Stickerfied when not in the mood for the spooky. | Source

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!

Happy Halloween from Squidmund the spider.
Happy Halloween from Squidmund the spider. | Source

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.

Do you ever do jar crafts? Have one your willing to share? An idea, maybe, tip or trick? Inquiring minds want to know.

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      Rhonda Lytle 3 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      ~ OhMe - Thanks for the time and comment. Have fun! It's really super easy. God bless and most happy crafts.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 3 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Thanks for these instructions. I think I have everything I need here to do this project for Halloween.

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      Rhonda Lytle 3 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @shellys-space: Oh! Love the idea of bunnies. I've never done that. I've been going gaga with the glass projects for a week or so now. Until we all got the bomb dropped on us that was Squidoo executing their planned dump. Thanks bunches for taking the time to read and comment, especially now. I know you must be in a tailspin just like everyone else thanks to the staff conveniently keeping the site's plans to themselves. God bless and best wishes where ever you write.

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      Shelly Sellers 3 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      Not this type of jar craft and I love the idea of making a stained-glass jar for Sunday school! I have used pom pom's to make some adorable "buddies", but not a spider (yet)!

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      Crystal A Murray 3 years ago from Corydon, Indiana, USA

      @Rhonda Lytle: I agree that everyone eventually gets back exactly what they give out, and if these people knew about it and could tell but didn't, it won't be good for them. I'm concerned with lower level employees that don't have the resources to fight someone with clout and attorneys. If there was a contract issue that required silence from them, they wouldn't have had a choice. I'm torn between distrusting everyone and giving the lower levelers the benefit of the doubt. I'm just glad I didn't put my heart into Squidoo or only write for the money. I'm very sorry for the losses of those who were because even karma (or the golden rule) against those who did them wrong doesn't bring back their losses. I've read good stuff about bubblews as far as writers getting paid. Have you heard anything?

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      Rhonda Lytle 3 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @crystalwriter: It's good to see you. Thank you so much for your Twitter handle. I will be happy to follow you there. I hope to see you at HP too. Wishing you all the success in the world and may you never again be used, manipulated and taken advantage of as everyone at Squidoo was. If nothing else, this experience has taught me something with glaring clarity. Never, ever, trust any online staff member anywhere no matter how nice and helpful they seem to be. They have been paving the way for this move for months but decided on purpose to withhold that information from the hundreds of thousands of contributors here, the people that the site would not exist without, the nobodies in their minds as evidenced by their actions. Might as well have walked up to each of them with a smile and stole the food right out of their kids mouths. I thought only politicians operated on that sinister level of smiling while appearing to be a friend to your face level. My bad. You know what they say, Karma is a beotch. I wouldn't want to have to take on the bad karma from having purposefully wronged hundreds of thousands. They get to do that. Personally, I think in the not so long run it will destroy each and every one of them.

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      Crystal A Murray 3 years ago from Corydon, Indiana, USA

      Going back to lenses I've liked and following on Twitter, so I can stay in touch after things transfer to Hub Pages. Feel free to tweet me @crystalwriter when this lens has a hub. P.S. Would follow your twitter anyway since you're a conservative poet. :-)

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      Rhonda Lytle 3 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @invictus95: Thank you :)! I would love to see the lamp. That sounds really cool. I bet the light when filtered through colored marbles looks awesome. I hope folks listen about the thick glass. I started not to publish this at all for fear some teen would do it on thin glass and get cut. Mr. Vix said just include a warning, which I did twice, but I worry they might miss it or misjudge the thickness of the glass. I've had it happen to me which is how I know it won't work for thin glass. Thankfully, I didn't get hurt but I sure was mad about my project being shattered. Thank you so much for your kind words :).Lens of the day was so cool when it happened. Now, with Squidoo selling out, it's a painful memory of how all the writers here were used for the last few months while staff knew they would be selling out but conveniently kept that information to themselves allowing all the contributors to keep slaving away for them. I'll really miss this place and wish it could have all ended on a better note. God bless and most happy crafting projects!

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      Delia 3 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD! I have several glass jars filled with natural items from overseas places I've visited. Sand, shells, beach glass, dried moss or seaweed, small driftwood, rocks or whatever you want to represent your trip.

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      invictus95 3 years ago

      That's a cool jar you have there! I'm glad that no spiders were harmed in the making of this lens. It's true that mason jars can be used for a bunch of stuff; my grandpa made a lamp out of one filled with marbles. This is a really nice lens; I like how you included all of those important details, including the one about how you can only use hot glue on thick glass. I also like how you included two different styles of jars. Congratulations on lense of the day; you deserve it! :)

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      Rhonda Lytle 3 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @delia-delia: Thank you. Oh! That's a great idea. What an awesome way to keep vacation memories together. Love it! God bless.

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      Rhonda Lytle 3 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @SusanDeppner: Thank you so much :) It made my day. Very cool timing for me too as I got my wrist smashed by a window I was working on this morning. It's fine but hurts a bit so this is all the more welcome for the timeliness. I needed a smile and it distracted me from thinking about getting back at this window, i.e. smashing it ;). God bless you.

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      Susan Deppner 3 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Back to congratulate you on LotD honors today!

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      Rhonda Lytle 3 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @Dressage Husband: That sounds awesome! The teacher in me so wants to see it. You should do a lens! I would love to do some kind of animated anything type craft. HM. I wonder just how that would work? Now, I'm thinking I may have to enlist Mr. Vix. He's way into Halloween. As long as I can steer him away from anything that flames, goes boom or smokes I think it could be fun :). Thanks bunches for the cool comment and ideas. God bless.

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      Rhonda Lytle 3 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @Heidi Vincent: I can't wait to try this again for Christmas :). I think pretty would be even more fun. Wondering what I can use that will look like snow?

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      Stephen J Parkin 3 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

      It is a long time since I exercised my crafting skills, but as a kid I did turn an old salt cellar and pickle jar into the most amazing lighthouse for a school project. It had an old cake board as a base the innards were from a broken torch. There were a few stones from our yard as rocks and the crashing waves were plaster of Paris. Then I painted it all by hand it won me first prize for the project as the light worked and I had even installed a flashing bulb. I love this type of craft. Well done on the LOTD!

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      Woo hoo!!! Congratulations poetvix on a well-deserved LOTD!!! And to think I liked this lens just yesterday. Now that's spooky :))

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      Another DIY winner, poetvix! I am not a halloween person and thank goodness this one isn't that spooky :)

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      Rhonda Lytle 3 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @RoadMonkey: :) I'm looking forward to trying another. Happy crafting and thank you for the visit. God bless.

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      RoadMonkey 3 years ago

      I have done some glass painting - good fun.

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      Rhonda Lytle 3 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @Zodiacimmortal: Oh! I love the idea. I've seen Lost Boys many times. Great vampy fun. I would dearly love to see how that comes out. If you do a lens, please let me know. That would be awesome. I like the idea of doing such a large one too. Now, you've got me thinking of doing another :) God bless and here's wishing you tons of crafty joy! God bless.

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      Rhonda Lytle 3 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @DANCING COWGIRL: Thanks :) I hate to see stuff go to waste. I'm convinced that the next huge thing is going to be finding a way to reuse common trash. I wish I was like Doc Brown on Back to the Future and could find a way to use it for gas :). God bless.

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      Rhonda Lytle 3 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @Merrci: It was fun! It was really sweet of my neighbor to think of me. God bless and most happy crafting.

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      Rhonda Lytle 3 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @SusanDeppner: Thank you :)!

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      Kim 3 years ago from Yonkers, NY

      I love the part of the jar you made look like a stained glass window!! Also the picture where there's glow things on it! It looks like a hundred fireflys are in there! I have an italian soda bottle (I thin a liter) size I was thinking of using some stained glass look on (I did a stained glass ornament so I have limited colors but hopefully I can come up with something cool creepy maybe (mm, maybe I'll go for a blood look & call it my Lost Boys bottle (watch the movie & you'll see what I mean though Iwill have to do more than just a little stained galss for that

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      Dancing Cowgirl Design 3 years ago from Texas

      So cool how you reused the stuff you had around. The spider from left over pieces of zip ties is a great idea.

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      Susan Deppner 3 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Very cool, very fun-looking craft! Thanks for sharing!

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      Looks like a fun and useful craft. Love that you can reuse for different seasons too. Clever idea, Poetvix!

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