Glass Jar Votive Holders


Glass Jar Votive Holders

This has to be one of my favorite activities to do with the kids!

Start by saving jars for a month or more! Salsa, jelly, vegetable, and baby jars all work well. Soak the jars to remove the labels and scrub any excess glue off.

  • Clean Jars
  • Mod Podge (or diluted School Glue)
  • Brushes
  • Jar of water to rest brushes in
  • Tissue Paper (I limited the palette to whites and blues)
  • Magazine cut outs, sheet music, stickers, or decorative hole punches
  • Plastic tablecloth or sheet to cover your work area

1. Tear your tissue paper, sheet music, or other paper into small strips and/or cut magazine pictures into small pieces.


2. Brush a coating of Mod Podge onto the outside of the jar.


3. Lay down your first layer of papers. (You be the creative genius here! You really can’t go wrong.)


4. Coat the top of your paper layer with more Mod Podge and continue until the jar has been covered. It is okay to and encouraged to overlap layers. (Again, you are the creative genius!)


5. Finish your jar by brushing on a final coating of Mod Podge. Be sure everything has been coated.


6. Rest your votive holders on wax paper to dry. (Did you know that I never buy wax paper anymore? I use recycled cereal bags.) After an hour, flip your jars over to allow the other end to dry.

Insert your tea lights or use flame-less candles and enjoy!


They are so adorable, that after the season has passed, I’ve been known to use these for pencil holders, for makeup brushes or impromptu vases for a bud or two. They also make a great gift from your child to an adoring Grandparent!  What do you think? Are they gift-worthy?


  1. Those look great and easy! I may have to dig in my recycle bin and get started!

  2. Caitlin Campbell says:

    Adorable and definitely gift worthy…shall I send you my mailing address :)

  3. Paige (Final Clothes-Out) says:

    I love anything that involved Mod Podge. It's seriously the easiest thing to do and it's almost impossible to mess up! The ones with sheet music are my fave. :-)

  4. Mod Podge Amy says:

    Pretty pretty! i love these.

  5. love the colors, the blue looks perfect muted with the white tissue over it. next time my kids do these i may try limiting their color palette and adding some neutrals such as you did with the snowflakes and sheet music.
    about the wax paper, hadn't heard of the cereal thing before, does it work when having to roll cookie dough logs, if it dosen't stick i shall have to try this. another question can you iron the pieces together like you can with wax paper?

  6. The Painted Cottage says:

    Love these! What a great idea … Would be great homemade Christmas presents too!

  7. Hey there! I just wanted to let you know that I think these look awesome, and that I featured them on my blog! The post will be up in the morning if you would like to check it out!

    Anestazia <3

  8. These are great! I can't wait until I have enough glass jars to make these. The possibilities are endless. Thanks for posting this.

  9. Bonnie @ House of Grace says:

    So sweet! What a great way to recycle too! Saw it on CSI project!
    Bonnie :)

  10. I think even I could make these! Simple but so pretty!

  11. Cindy & Emily says:

    Great idea! My daughter and I made these out of Mason jars. She plans to give them to her teachers this holiday. We will fill them with chocolate kisses, put a flameless votive in the top, put the lid on and tie it with a ribbon.


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