Fairy Lights Jars

Fairy lights jars
Fairy Lights Jars

I always have a candle burning in my house, I love them! And they usually come in such pretty jars, it seems such a shame to just bin them so I decided to get creative with them and upcycle them into something cute! Check out the end of this tutorial if you would like to see how I get mine clean. If you don’t have a candle jar don’t worry, this project would work with any kind of jar, from Kilner to jam to mayonnaise, anything that is glass and has a lid would work.

What you will need:

  • Glass jar*
  • White tissue paper
  • White glitter
  • Pva glue
  • Paintbrush
  • Silhouette image **
  • LED tealight candle or sting fairy lights
  • Ribbon/twine
  • Embellishments such as silk flowers, berries, twigs etc
  • Hot glue gun (optional)
  • Isopropyl Alcohol (optional)

**For this project I used a vinyl sticker. I made this myself using my Cricut Maker and an image purchased from Creative Fabrica. However, you can buy these ready made on eBay or find a free image online which you can print on paper and cut around the shape. Measure your jar ensuring the image chosen fits nicely inside. Before attaching your decal, ensure the glass is clean. I like to wipe all my surfaces with isopropyl alcohol prior to attaching vinyl. 

As I am using vinyl, this is self-adhesive. I slowly attached the sticker to the jar starting from the bottom and smoothing all the way up so there was no air bubbles. If you are using a printed image, you will need to use a thin layer of glue to adhere it to the jar.

Measure the circumference of the jar and cut the tissue paper so it has a slight overlap. The length of the paper needs to be enough to cover from the lip of the jar to the base, don’t worry if it’s too long as you can always cut it later.

Starting from the back of the jar, using a paintbrush, start spreading the Pva glue over the jar, you only need a thin layer. Working in small section start adhering the tissue paper to the jar making sure the top of the paper is in line with the top of the jar. Don’t worry if the paper crinkles as this will add to the overall effect. You can smooth the crinkles down with your paintbrush. Do this all the way around. Be very gentle when handling as the paper is very delicate. If you break it, don’t worry, just move the paper slight to cover the gap or add a tiny bit of extra paper.

Place your jar upside down and glue down to the jar. Leave to dry upside down until completely dry. This could take several hours depending on how much glue was used.

Once dry, add a thin layer of glue to the base and rim of the jar and sprinkle liberally with glitter. I used white but you can use any colour you like (bear in mind the darker the glitter less light will shine through.

All you need to do now is finish off your jar with some embellishments. I used some twine and fabric flowers for my fairy (and some ribbon for my dragon). I secured the end of the twine a dot of hot glue and wrapped it around several times before securing the end with another dot of glue. Or if you don’t have a glue gun, you can tie the two ends together into a knot or a pretty bow! I finished off my jar with flowers and a card butterfly.

To light up your jar you can use either a led candle or sting lights (Do Not use real candles under any circumstances.)

How adorable are they!

How about changing the theme? You could have a roaring dragon, butterflies, dinosaurs, Christmas etc

I absolutely love seeing what you’ve created, so if you do make this project (or any other items from my website) don’t forget to tag me over on my social media pages

*If you are using a candle jar you first need to start by getting rid of the excess wax. To do this fill the jar with boiling water (to be safe place the jar in the sink when doing this part). As the wax gets hot it will start rising to the top. You need to be patient for this part, walk away and wait for the water to cool down completely.

You can use this opportunity to also peel the label off which tends to come away easily when a jar is filled with hot water, however if this does not work, I just soak them in water for a few hours and they come off quite easily. Once the water has cooled down, press down on the wax which has now hardened and tip the water out before breaking the wax and taking it out. There might be some waxy residue left in the jar, this will easily come off when washing the jar (do not be tempted to repeat the process, I have tried and every time the glass has cracked).

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