November 15, 2011

Pretty Repurposed Tea Light Holders

Last year when my youngest was a baby I had so many baby food jars I didn't know what to do with them. They are the perfect size for so many uses and I hated to just throw them in the recycling bin, so I decided to grab some Mod Podge and transform a few of into these elegant little tea light holders! 

Here's what you need to make them:
  1. Baby food jars
  2. Mod Podge (I used the glossy kind)
  3. colorful tissue paper (I used a glittery paisley print)
  4. wide paint brush or sponge brush
  5. wire
  6. wire cutters
  7. tea light candles
I started with clean, dry jars. 

Then I brushed a thin layer of Mod Podge onto each jar with the brush. (It will look cloudy when wet.)

Next I carefully wrapped a sheet of tissue paper forming it to the jar and smoothing it. 

I then sealed the paper with a final layer of Mod Podge, covering all of the paper and smoothing out the bubbles with the brush onto the glass.  



After the Mod Podge was dry (it will look clear), I wrapped some silver wire around the top to finish and clipped with a wire cutter. I was finished!
 I love how the tissue paper glows when lit with the tea light candles. Would be perfect displayed in a group for the holiday season or a wedding!


Linking up with these parties!
http://todayscreativeblog.net/
http://remadesimpleblog.blogspot.com/2011/11/simple-centerpiece.html

33 comments:

  1. these look great. I especailyl like the wire wrapped around the rim at the top. I think yours are probably the nicest baby food jar votives I've seen. Great job!

    I found you through Get Your Craft On at Today's Creative Blog and am your newest follower. Cheers! Carissa from Carissa's Creativity Space

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  2. very very very pretty idea! I totally love this and am going to try it for my house! happy new follower:)
    good job!

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  3. These look awesome! Found you from the link party at Bear Rabbit Bear. I'm a new follower!

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  4. Beautiful! I have done similar project :) I attached metal wire to jars and hung at orchard for nice summer night atmosphere.

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  5. I love these! And the glittered tissue paper really makes them sparkle.

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  6. Those are beautiful! Very creative!

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  7. Thank you Liz, for following and compliments! Ferby-those would be so pretty on a summer night! Anne and Sachiko-thanks for the kind words and for stopping by :)

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  8. What a beautiful way to recycle! Thanks for sharing.

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  9. AHHHH, I absolutely love your blog. What a creative idea!

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  10. This is a great idea - I was wondering how you were going to hide the rings at the top of the jar, and I like the wire idea. Luckily, my babies are all done with baby food (and formula...thank goodness!), so unfortunately, I'll need to find something else to use - maybe tomato sauce jars, or jelly jars?
    I was looking through your blog and your son is so cute - and I love his Halloween costume!
    I've become a follower so I can stay updated on more great projects. Thanks for stopping by my blog! (Oh, and I love your header/logo)

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  11. These turned out fantastic! what a great idea. I'd love you to add this to my link party over at http://raegunwear.blogspot.com

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  12. This is such a great way to repurpose babyfood jars! I love the colors. I would love it if you linked this project up. http://tinyurl.com/upcycled71

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  13. These are so awesome! Great idea! Thanks for linking to Things I've Done Thursday!

    Melanie
    Sew Rugged @ bear rabbit bear
    bearrabbitbear.blogspot.com

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  14. cute cute cute! I love how these turned out. Yay upcycle! I would love for you to share this on my friday link party too :)

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  15. Ahhh. I love those. I am a huge jar fan. Cooking in a jar. Decorating with a jar. I am past the baby food days but I can muster some up and make this. Darling. I love the wire around the edge. love your blog. :)

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  16. Ok...you GOT me. Three fabulous projects in a row and a very lovely blog. I'm your newest fan <3

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  17. that's such an amazing and simple idea! I bet I could make it with all kids of jars... thanks for sharing.

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  18. What a great idea! Too bad I'm done with my baby food days.. I am sure I will find some other containers I can create something similar with!
    Thanks for sharing!

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  19. Gorgeous tea lights, beautifully created. Kudos.I have joined your followers list and would love to have you to join me as well. Hugs, Gayle
    http://atastefultouch.blogspot.com

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  20. I love this idea, they look fabulous!! Thanks for sharing,
    Jeanette

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  21. Love this! They are so pretty. I did something similar with glass ornaments. I have to give this a try as well.

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  22. Thank you ladies for all the great comments! Yes, you could for sure use other types of jars with Mod Podge and tissue paper if you are past the baby food days :)

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  23. SO pretty!! Would LOVE it if you would link this up at my turquoise lovin' party going on right now! (also doing red for the holidays) http://www.sweetlittlegals.com/2011/11/turquoise-lovin-14.html#comment-form

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  24. Very pretty!
    Thanks for sharing at Show & Share!

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  25. Lovely jars. I love recycling jars although i've never tried anything this small and not done much of it this year but did think i wished i got organised for Thanksgiving. We don't celebrate here in the Uk but me and a friend adopted it so we'll be having a giving thanks dinner on Sunday :)

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  26. Your tealight holders were featured this week at You Dazzled! Feel free to stop by and grab a featured button. Hope to see you again tomorrow :) http://everything-underthemoon.blogspot.com/2011/11/you-dazzled_27.html

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  27. so pretty! I think I finally ditched most of my stored baby food jars. DOHT!!!

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  28. How adorable! I'm your newest follower and I hope you'll follow back over at www.createdbycori.blogspot.com

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  29. Those are super cute! I haven't tried mod podge yet (even though I've seen tutorials everywhere) and I can't wait to try it out. I love the wire wrapped on top.

    http://love-eightdaysaweek.blogspot.com

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  30. Hi there! Great idea! I found you from FFAF and am a new follower, your ideas are inspiring. :-)

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  31. Oh my goodness, these are gorgeous, not to mention genius! Thank you for sharing.
    Much love!

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