How To Give Used Candle Jars A New Lease Of Life

Hello again everyone, I have a completely different post for you this time!

I keep buying all this ‘stuff’ and it’s so nice I can’t bring myself to use it … but it’s starting to get out of control and taking over my home!!

So I’m challenging myself on 2 levels – 1) use up my stuff; and 2) try something new.

Well I had some empty candle jars so I thought this would be a good way to use up some stuff and try something new at the same time and this is what I came up with.

I am over the moon with the results as it’s the first time I’ve tried anything like this.

What I used:
·      Empty candle jar
·      Decoart white gesso
·      Starlight paints
·      Decoart metallic paints
·      Imagination Crafts rice papers
·      Imagination Crafts fabric glue
·      Twine
·      Raffia
·      Hessian
·      Ribbon
·      Paper flowers and embellishments from craft box
Here’s what I did:

 

Firstly, I applied a coat of white gesso to the jar and allowed it to dry.
I then chose a selection of paints that go together and randomly sponged all over the jar until it was covered. To do this I used a cut up kitchen sponge … no fancy tools here!
I then chose an image from rice paper and traced around it with a wet paint brush and gently tore it from the sheet. I applied a layer of the glue to the back of the image and applied it to the jar, spreading more glue over it to smooth it down and reduce air bubbles. I left a few small creases to add to the effect.
Next I wrapped raffia around the neck of the jar and secured with hot glue. I then tied a length of twine over the raffia and tied a Verdigris key to it.
Using hot glue – I then attached hessian, ribbon, paper flowers and crystals to the jar.

 

Now you have to be patient and allow things to dry … something I’m not very good at.

 

I have used fabric glue on here as that is what I have and it worked fine, just takes slightly longer to dry; although you could give it a blast with a heat gun as the glass is heat resistant after all … which I remembered after waiting on all the layers to dry naturally!!!
For next time, I’ll be saving up empty coffee jars so they can be transformed … which means I’ll have more ‘stuff’!
Have a go – it’s really easy – I’d love to see your results.
Thanks for popping by.
Leanne x

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