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DIY Gifts: Upcycled Candle Jars

DIY Gifts: Upcycled Candle Jars

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Today’s project takes us on a fun, colorful, upcycling adventure! We are going to give new life to something you may already have lying around- empty candle jars! 🙂 This is a great way to use recycled materials to make personalized gifts or accents for your own home! Let’s get started!

Here are many of the supplies I used. I was not very familiar with oil-based sharpies before this project, but I found many amazing articles about how to use them! I loved this blog post about Sharpie mugs and this post about using Sharpies on glass!

I had a lot of fun doodling on the candle holders! I even tried adding stripes to an olive jar! (Wouldn’t it make a cute vase?) After letting the paint dry for several hours, I baked the jars to set the paint. The articles I read suggested putting the jars into a cold oven, turning the oven on to 350 degrees, keeping the oven on for 20 minutes, and then allowing the jars to cool completely in the oven. I put my jars on a cookie sheet in the oven, just in case the glass broke. However, both the glass and paint fared very well- yay!

As an optional last step, I brushed the cooled jars with dishwasher-safe Mod Podge to protect the paint. After it dried, the Mod Podge created a clear, shiny layer over the colors.

You can check out the supplies, techniques, and steps I used in this video!

Here are the finished jars!!!

These will be so cute as vases, tea light holders, cosmetic organizers, and more!!

I love how unique and colorful these are! 🙂 What a difference from the empty candle jars I started with! I can’t wait to use some for home decor and others for gifts.

I hope this inspires you to try a little upcycling of your own, maybe with items you already have! 🙂 Have fun and stay crafty, Everyone!!!

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