I grew up at the beach in New Jersey. If you did not figure it out after viewing my last DIY project, the shore is what feels like home to me. I love collecting sea shells every time I visit the beach at home or while visiting a new destination. I also love thinking of new ways to display these shells around the house – I mean, why have a collection of shells if I am not going to use it?
Another thing that I love is candles. Nothing suits a welcoming home better than a lighted candle with a fresh scent. Yet, it can get boring to just have a regular candle jar at your house all the time. Why not try something new that you can create on your own?
Today, I am sharing a quick, easy, and mess free candle jar art project. This project can easily be completed in 30 minutes or less. No special equipment is necessary and very few supplies are needed to complete this project. Of course, it will add a unique touch to your living room (or whichever room you would like to display it in). Even better, it will remind you of sweet summer memories from your last beach trip!
Let’s begin with the instructions!!
What you need:
- Old candle jar (mine was a Yankee Candle jar)
- Sand (artificial, or real)
- Small/medium sized candle
- Glue dots
Step 1: Clean the jar
Let’s talk about the jar. For this project, I used an old cleaned out Yankee candle jar. To clean the jar, make sure all the old candle wax is removed. If you need to, go ahead and warm up the jar in the microwave on low heat to make the wax easier to remove. Use caution, however, since high heats can cause the glass to break. Once all the wax is removed, clean the jar with Windex. Now, you should have a nice jar to use for this project.
Step 2: Fill ¾ of the jar with sand
This step does not need to be explained much. Simply fill the jar ¾ of the way with sand. If this is too much or too little sand for you, use whichever amount looks best. If you do not have a beach close by, you should be able to find artificial sand at your local craft store. Surprisingly, the tan colored sand looks close to the real thing. I used artificial sand for this project, and it looks great.
Step 3: Add candle and shells
Now, it is time to add some decorations inside the jar. Start off by adding a small to medium sized candle inside the jar on top of the sand. These candles can be bought for just a few dollars. If you want to stick with the beach theme for your candle scent, go ahead an purchase an ocean breeze scented candle. If you are like me, however, you will buy a pumpkin spice candle just for the fun of it. Next, it is time to display those shells you have collected from your previous family vacation or trip to the beach. I used shells that we got at the beach in Italy, so this is a special project for me. Place the shells around the candle however you would like.
Step 4: Add twine
Nothing shouts beachy like a little bit of twine! I experimented with several different ways of adding twine to my project to create the beachy feel I was going for. Finally, I settled on a look (but, you could add your own touch if you’d like). To create the look that I made, place a glue dot towards the top of the jar. I liked the look of placing it where the sand came up to in the jar.
Now, place the end of the twine on the glue dot and start to wrap your twine about two or three times around the jar. Place a second glue dot towards the bottom of the jar where you want to finish wrapping the twine. Place the end of the twine here. Don’t worry about the ends of the twine showing on the jar. They will be covered by the ribbon in the next step.
Step 5: Add ribbon
Here is the fun part! Go to your local craft store and find some ribbon(s) that you like. For my candle jar, I used 2 ribbons – a white and blue one. I used these colors because I already had them at home (let’s be honest haha), and because I thought they would look nice in my house. I added the ribbon to cover the ends of the twine on my candle jar, and to add a touch of color to my project.
For this step, place a glue dot directly over the first end of the twine towards the top of the candle. Cover half of the dot with the ribbon. Wrap the ribbon around the jar and cover the second half of the glue dot as you finish.
Next, repeat the above paragraph for the second end of twine towards the bottom of the jar. Once that is complete, go ahead and add a second layer of ribbon if you would like. I used a thin blue ribbon over my white ribbon to add just a bit more color and contrast to my project. If you feel comfortable doing so, use a lighter to apply heat to the area where the glue dots are. This will melt the glue dots and seal your ribbons securely in place on the jar.
Have any other ideas on how to personalize this DIY project? Is there something else you would do differently? Let me know in the comments down below. I love to hear the opinions of my readers.
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