While shopping with my daughter Deborah, we wandered into a store selling all varieties of scents and candles, and candle holders to go along with them. The price they wanted just for a mason jar holder was (what we thought) ridiculous, and, of course, I blurted out, “Oh honey, I can make that for you.”
Really? What did I know from making these things, but as we Makers tend to believe that we can create/hack anything, so a mason jar tea light holder was about to be born!
I didn’t have an actual model to copy and instead of looking for a YouTube video or “googling” it, I just created it on my own.
- mason jar
- 16 gauge wire
- Americana® Satin acrylic paint, Deep Turquoise
- DecoArt® Paint Adhesion
flat nose pliers, needlenose pliers, nippers, foam brush, powder brush
- Painting the mason jar is easy enough; I used this gorgeous turquoise paint (great for glass) and painted my mason jar. One coat does cover the jar, leaving it slightly transparent, or you can give it two coats; allowing for the first coat to dry before painting the second.
- Sand the raised edges of the jar and brush off the dust.
- Take the wire and fashion a spiral into which the candle will sit. Use your flat nose and needle nose pliers together to achieve this. Make sure it hugs the candle.
- Cut 2 pieces of wire the same length. The length you make them will depend on how far down into the jar you want your candle to sit. Make sure you add 1/2 inch to account for the hooks you need to make on each end of the pieces of wire.
- Make your hooks. Attach one end of each of these wires to your spiral and place them opposite eachother. Using needle nose pliers close off the hook around the spiral.
It is easier to take the holder out of the jar in order to place your candle in it. Then gently lower the unit into the jar place the open hooks over the rim of the opening.