I’m a big fan of upcycling, and even before I ran #CraftBlogClub over on Twitter, I took part in a couple of upcycle challenges in the group.
For the challenge back in 2016 I used my regained interest in sewing to update some old jeans:
I still love these and wear them quite often!
For the 2018 challenge, I did a few things, updating a top and a dress before going on holiday, and because I’d already done clothes, the biggest hit was of course my Belfast sink planter… Which is somewhat responsible for this years garden project, so as you can see, these challenges can be very inspiring!
This year, I wanted to do something a little different, and as I was already working on ideas for the garden project, which will include even more upcycling (I did say I was a fan!) So, for my challenge I came up with something incredibly easy! If you have a sweet tooth, you may have already tried the desserts that come in these little jars… If you’re unfamiliar they are Gü jars. (I am a big fan of the lemon cheesecake if anyone’s interested). They don’t come with lids, which is a bit of a pain, if you can’t leave things open, as if you search for ideas for reusing them, a lot of people use them as trinket jars, or even craft storage, (though this can be solved with a bit of fabric and ribbon) but I did love the idea of using them for candles. The only trouble is, I LOVE candles and have loads already. Though I do have citronella tealights for when we spend time outside, and I was of course planning on some garden content anyway, so I decided to add a dash of colour, and use them to make bright candle jars.
I may even attempt to use them for homemade candles at some point, as the jars are such a good size, though I’m currently working with what I have.
What I needed –
- Gü jars (some kindly given to me by a friend),
- some permanent markers,
- glass beads,
- and you can’t make a candle jar without candles.
I should point out here that normal Sharpie will fade over time, and can of course be washed off. It can also be removed with rubbing alcohol or by writing over it again with permanent marker and simply wiping away. If you want a more permanent result use glass paint or pens designed for writing or drawing on glass. I wanted to use things I have laying around, and generally these won’t be handled much so it should last a while. I coloured in the sides of the glass using pen in alternating colours, finishing with a metallic colour around the edges to make the colours stand out. Leave them to dry for a bit, and then add glass beads (mostly to fill the jar, and add a little weight as they’ll be used outside) and your tealight candle. And there you have it, some pretty candle holders in bright colours, just right for spending summer evenings outside! This was so easy, and of course it’s great fun to play around with the colours!
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