27 February 2009

Light in a Jar

We're ending the week with another crafty idea to give old jam jars new life...and maybe new light, too. Today, we're making candles! I'd really like to try my hand making candles in different shapes and scents, but let's do it the easy way:

I got this Jelly Candle at an A.C. Moore craft store. It's available in many colors and scents. I chose a bright red with a strawberry scent because it reminds me of jams & preserves, perfect for our jars.

The kit comes with a tube of gel, 4 wicks and easy-to-follow instructions.

Use a clean and dry jam jar and position the wick at the center, attach in place with a bead of glue. Allow the glue to dry.

At this point, you can add little things like shells, sand & marbles for an added dimension. Then squeeze in the gel. After 20 to 30 minutes (the surface needs to settle)...

Tada! We made our very own candle!

There will be bubbles (which I quite like) but the instructions say they'll disappear after 24 hours. The fragrance is comforting & yummy but a word of caution -- it can be mistaken for jam or jello. And if the candle police are reading this, I have to include this warning: keep out of the reach of children & do not leave a burning candle unattended.

Have a great & totally TADA! weekend!


  1. Oh, love it! How brilliant. I was wondering what to do with all those old jam jars I have been keeping my cupboard.

  2. Thanks for your sweet comment Blair! Happy recycling =)


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