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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Candle Holder - Recycled Jam Jar

I read somewhere that Norwegians burn over 200 million tea lights a year. Apparently this means that we have the highest use pr inhabitant in the world, with approx 40 pr person! Must be due to our long and dark winters...
Anyway, I tend to keep empty glass jars - I clean them and remove the labels, and then I make my own candle holders. Before I started making cards, and really got into paper craft, I used to decorate them with decoupage, using paper napkins, or stickers.
In general I decorate the top and bottom of the jar to let the lights shine through.

For this jar I have used: lace,  ribbon, paper flowers, rub-ons (butterfly and birds) and a die-cut swirl.
For the choice of colors I got my inspiration from challenge #26 at The Ribbon Reel.

I know I might be disqualified for some challenges (though I think most accept "projects" and not only cards), but I just wanted to share an idea based on recycling. It's also an activity which is great to do with kids, let them decorate the empty jars with whatever they want (they will surely come up with great ideas themselves!).

I enter this candle holder into the following challenges:
1) The Ribbon Reel Challenge Blog - #26 Going Green
2) Make it Monday - Anything Goes
3) Simon Says Stamp and Show... - Anything Goes
4) Ditzy Craftymess - Anything but a Card
5) Just Keep on Creating - #1 Anything Goes
6) I Brake for Challenges - Anything but a Card
7) Do More with Less  - Recycling with Sonia Suprabha Venugopal


Pauline said...

Wow! This is just a fabulous tea light holder. Just so pretty!
Thanks for joining us at TRR this week!

Jennie said...

These are so lovely and such a beautiful gift if you could bear to part with them Thank you so much for stopping by my place. Jennie xx

Joan Ervin said...

What a great way to recycle...I love your pretty candle holders with the butterflies and beautiful flowers...your projects are awesome!!!!

Sarah said...

A fantastic and very creative idea - the glass looks superb and the flowers are amazing - very lovely indeed. Thanks so much for joining in at Simon Says Stamp and Show. Sarah

Shirley-anne said...

What a fab project to share .Love the idea of recycling , I love the idea of getting the youngsters involved and I thank you for joining us at Ditzy Craftymess Challenge Blog .

pinky said...

Wow they are just beautiful!

Kasey ~ in Oz said...

Really unique projects. Just lovely.

I saw your link on MIM, I'm number 162 this week.

Kasey ~ in Oz

Meighan Wheller said...

Wow Pia, this is stunning. I love it you are on a creative role my friend. I need to get into some jam so I can have a go at this! Take care Meighan

Andria said...

Found you on MIM :)thanks for sharing your work. So elegant and stylish.

Dr Sonia S V said...

WOW these are stunning. Thank You for the sweet comment on my blog

Dr Sonia S V said...

Do enter this project for the recycling challenge here :

Lisa M said...

Your recycled tealight jars are so completely elegant. I can see having a housefull of them! Just so happens, I recently washed a glass jar the other day and wasn't sure what to do with it. Now I know. :)

Thank you so much for linking up your talent and creative ideas with us at Make It Monday!
Lisa xx

yyam said...

Oh wow! Pure gorgeousness! Great use of those jam jars!

Thanks for playing along with my guest Sonia's challenge! :)

suzARTe said...

Oh my this project is just fantastic. This is definitely upcycling at its best. I really love what you have done with this old jam jar, really worth the effort and very beatufiful

talking about tea lights, I use them like they are going out of fashion. I always have to have a candle burning at home.

Thanks so much for entering your card at Anything goes, Just keep on creating. I hope you will continue to share your lovely projects :)

Kate said...

These are beautiful! I love ALL the clusters of flowers.

Judie savage-lovell said...


This is such a gorjuss piece of work, just to let you know you were picked as one of our top 3, hop over and collect your badge

well done
Judie xx

Keilly said...

Wow, love your altered tea light holder. Thanks for sharing with us at The Ribbon Reel this week!

Sally said...

These are beautiful tea light holders & a great use of empty jars.
Sally x