video Jam Jar Upcycle: Christmas Tealight Holder

Do you have a load of empty jam jars stashed away in the cupboard waiting for the day you make jam or chutney? …

Me too. So I took a couple, grabbed some Chalk Paint and the result is my 5-minute video showing you how to upcycle a jar to make a pretty tealight holder to decorate your home this Christmas.

I’m thinking these would look great on a mantlepiece or a slate hearth, or maybe the window sill, twinkling away and casting a soft glow while you wrap pressies.

chalk paint jam jar tealight holderAnd they can easily be used all year round, just change the decorations: dried flowers for spring/summer; a raffia bow and ears of corn for autumn. Or use a tall jar to make a vase and fill with fresh or dried flowers.

For this project you will need:

  • An empty clean glass jar, labels removed
  • Chalk Paint™ decorative paint by Annie Sloan in colour of your choice (I’ve used Pure)
  • Sticky backed plastic or paper
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Paint brush
  • Annie Sloan Clear Soft Wax
  • Lint-free cloth
  • Twine or ribbon
  • Decorations (pine cones, leaves, seed heads …)

We recommend using battery tealights for safety, but if you do want to use real candles, place your jar on a heatproof mat, keep out of reach of children and pets, and don’t leave burning candles unattended.

We hope you enjoy the video. There’ll be another craft project next week. If you’ve got any comments or questions, please leave them below. And please share this post with your friends and family.

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