Jul 31, 2012

DIY: Moroccan Candle Holders From Glass Jars + Paint



As much as I love candles, I love decorative candle holders even more. They are the perfect little accessory for any room. With just a bit of paint, transform a plain glass jar or bottle into a vibrant Moroccan lantern. Make them as housewarming gifts or display them at your next outdoor occasion. Either way, they're sure to be a hit!

I guarantee you'll have a good time making these too. Not only were they super simple to make, but I love the way they turned out. Plus, who doesn't like playing with puffy paint? Grab a few empty glass jars and have fun experimenting with different colors and patterns. The possibilities are truly endless. Just follow the steps below to make your very own. 



Materials:
• Glass jar, candle holder or bottle
Transparent glass paint (2 colors)
Puffy paint/dimensional paint
• Paper plate
• Oven






Steps:

• Pour glass paint into the jar so that the bottom is completely covered. 
• Start slowly turning the jar on its side so that the paint begins to spread onto the walls. Add more paint if the paint does not easily swirl around. 
• Still holding the jar on its side, pour your second color paint onto the side walls and continue to turn the jar so that all sides of the walls have some paint on them. 
• Swirl for a few seconds then turn the jar upside down on the paper plate and watch the paint begin to pour down the sides of the jar. After a few minutes, if the walls are not covered, you may need to add more paint and repeat this step. 
• Let the excess paint drip down for about an hour, moving the jar around every 15-20 minutes to prevent it from sticking to the plate. Then, turn the jar right side up and let dry.
• For a durable finish, let dry for a full 48 hours then bake the jar for 30 minutes at 200°F in a non-preheated oven. Allow to cool with the oven door open. (based on instructions from paint manufacturer)  
• Using the applicator tip on the dimensional paint bottle, paint your desired pattern onto the bottle. For best results, first sketch a design on a piece of paper and practice using the paint before applying onto the jar. 

Have fun and enjoy your new candle holders! Follow along on Facebook and Twitter to keep up with my new DIY projects each week.






23 comments:

  1. These candle holders/vases look great! I am going to try to make those..

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  2. I'm in love with that turquoise one! Great idea!

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  3. i totally love this idea!!!!
    i really have to try this!

    I linked to your tutorial on my blog - thanks for sharing!


    doro K.

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  4. Anonymous8/01/2012

    Cannot wait to try this. Going to get paint this weekend.

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  5. These are gorgeous and I love your blog - so inspirational. I will be linking to this article as well!

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  6. Love this idea. I just finished the paint part of my first one. I can't wait to show these off in my dorm! =)

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  7. Just wanted to let you know your idea is posted here: http://www.shelterness.com/diy-moroccan-style-colorful-candle-holders/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Shelterness+%28Shelterness%29

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  8. Your lovely tutorial was featured in the #8 spot on my 2012 Ultimate DIY Gift Guide (101 recipes & projects)!
    http://limefishstudio.blogspot.com/2012/11/2012-ultimate-diy-gift-guide.html

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  9. Não tenho forno próprio estufa, tem outra forma de fazer sem usar o forno??? por que é necessário usar o forno?? posso usar tinta Verniz VItral??

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  10. Obrigada, que o Sr abençoe.

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  11. Anonymous1/13/2013

    These are awesome!

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  12. Hey! I'm in love with these! Just curious what color you used for the turquoise dark blueish tall one? Or what mix of colors? Thanks again for the awesome tutorial!

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    1. Thanks Ellen! I don’t recall which colors I used exactly, but I believe it was blue and green. If you would like the vase to just be one color, then I recommend mixing the paint in a bowl before pouring it into the jar. Hope that helps!

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    2. I found the brand of paint you used today and they had a turquoise color which is gorgeous. Mine are drying as we speak. So excited! Thanks again!

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  13. One of the best DIY blogs that I have come across. Your work inspires me. :)

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    1. Thanks so much Agnisha! So great to hear :)

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  14. These are super cool! The night picture with the candle flame is awesome! I think it's time for me to get my paint on and create some of my own! Thank you for creating such a great post!

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  15. It’s very good post! Congratulations! I really enjoyed to reading your blog. Thanks for share all this information. I’m looking forward your next post
    DIY Conservatories

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  16. Anonymous10/21/2013

    Does it matter what type of glass you use? Just wondering if some cannot take the heat of an oven, or perhaps at a low temperature of 200F you don't need to worry about it?

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    1. I agree. If you aren't sure, lower the temperature to be safe. I used a very thin glass jar and had no problems.

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  17. Absolutely love your ideas! Hadn't crafted for a while, and I actually got up and bought some paint and vases. Very exciting :D

    One Q about the purple flower vase: How did you get it to look like that? With the white, metallicy finish in the middle? Love to hear from you.

    Love, Michèle (Netherlands)

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  18. Absolutely love your ideas! Hadn't crafted for a while, and I actually got up and bought some paint and vases. Very exciting :D

    One Q about the purple flower vase: How did you get it to look like that? With the white, metallicy finish in the middle? Love to hear from you.

    Love, Michèle (Netherlands)

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