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Candle holders         


Each method will produce different effects

Don’t want to use candles try this alternative method—


--Drill or punch a hole through the lid of a baby food jar

--Insert a miniature Christmas light through the hole (doll house lighting works too)

*Using more than one bulb will produce a brighter effect.

--Screw on lid and plug in

*This method can make a real pretty night light.


Method 1




  • Sugar (extra fine or course look best)
  • Clear glue
  • Paint brush
  • Tea light



--Paint a coat of clear glue all over jar

--Roll in sugar to coat

--Let dry

--Once dry paint another coat of glue over sugar (this seals it)

** This step is optional but it will help prevent sugar from flaking off

And will help to prevent bugs.

--Place a tea light inside




--Color sugar with food coloring (do not make it too dark)

Use different colors

--Adult job—you can choose to use a spray sealant instead of another coat of glue



Method 4—




  • Sparkle glue various colors
  • Wax paper


--Make a puddle of glue on wax paper

--Roll jar in glue

*make sure to coat all sides




--Make two or three puddles of different colors

--Roll jar in glue


--You should have a very interesting color blending.




Method 2—


Dancing colors—

This one uses colored tissue paper instead of sugar.


  • Tissue paper (various colors)
  • Water
  • Glue (optional)

--Wet the outside and inside of jar with a mist of water

--Apply tissue paper

--Spray with another mist of water

**Do not use gift wrap tissue paper it is made so the colors won’t run.

--Apply pressure to tissue paper

** use a paper towel so you do not get the color on your hands.



If color does not stay on the jar paint a coat of glue first.








Method 5—


Jeweled candles


  • Gems with flat back side or sequins
  • Clear drying glue



--Glue gems or sequins to jar

*if items are see through the light will make them sparkle





Method 3—


Frosted colors-- 

This is probably the easiest method


  • Colored glue 

--Paint the outside of the jar with colored glue

--Use different colors and patterns






























Sand art candle holder


  • Colored sand (see the sand activities page)
  • Votive candle

*save jar lid


--Fill jar with sand of the way

--Alternating colors and making patterns if desired

--Push candle into sand

--Decorate threads with ribbon if desired



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