How to Brighten Up Your Garden When You Rent (Part 3)
When I started on my mission to brighten up the garden last year; I knew I wanted to include handmade and upcycled elements, but this is sometimes easier said than done. This week I share some easy upcycled candle Jars!
Because our outside space is somewhat limited; our garden is mostly grass, with some unruly hedges on one side, bordered by high fences. We have essentially a smallish square of decking, where we can actually sit. Therefore anything I do, is mostly to make this small space, more pleasant to sit in!
While I was already working on ideas; I knew I wanted to do something a little different…
Upcycled Candle Jars
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 loved the idea of using them for candles. The only trouble is, I LOVE candles and have loads already. Though I did happen to have some citronella tealights for when we spend time outside, so I decided to add a dash of colour, and use them to make bright candle jars.
For the other parts in this series: (Read Part 1) (Read Part 2) (Read Part 4)
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; then, add glass beads (mostly to fill the jar, and add a little weight as they’ll be used outside). Finally add 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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