We firmly believe that the three Rs should be done in order – first reduce the amount of waste you create, then reuse everything you possibly can, and finally recycle whatever is left over.
You probably use a lot of products, especially food products, that come in glass jars. How can you reuse all of those jars? One way is to use them as candle holders! These glass jars have been rigged with wire hangers, giving them a lantern-like quality. Imagine how lovely our patio would look with a bunch of these hanging all around!
- Jar, on hand
- Wire, on hand or $1 and pup
- Candle, on hand or $1
- Glue, on hand
- Food coloring, on hand
- Epsom salt (optional), on hand or $1
Total: Free and up!
Clean the jar and dry. Depending on the size of your jar, add white glue and food colouring. I used one drop of green and two drops of yellow. With a sponge brush, mix the glue and food colouring and paint the inside of the jar. Let dry. (If you plan to use this candle holder outside, substitute outdoor Mod Podge for the white glue to ensure durability.)
Measure around the jar, about 1/2″ from the top with the wire and add 4″ and cut it. This piece will go around the neck of the jar.
For the handle, I made a loop at the top and made the wire on each side about 7″ long. Make sure the two sides are the exact same length and turn up the ends, making sure that the other wire will fit through them.
Run the first wire through the two loops and secure it behind one of the loops by twisting the two pieces together. Cut off the excess and bend it so that the sharp end is against the lip of the jar.
Add as much of the Epsom salts as you like and add the battery operated tea light.
- The thick, colored floral wire from Dollar Tree is very pliable and easy to use.
- If you would like to colour the Epsom salts: put food colouring in a ziplock bag and add the Epsom salts. Close the bag securely and mix well.
- To give the inside of jar a frosted look, add some Epsom salts while the paint is still wet and roll the salt in the jar.