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I am a huge fan of using mason jars in crafting and this week I’ll show you how to make a mason jar candle holder. Mason jars are perfect for many types of crafts, and it’s clear by the sheer number of pins floating around on Pinterest that they are popular. They are easy to get (though they might be sparse this year because of the pandemic!) and most crafts involving them will not take you days to complete.

The candle holder tutorial that I’ll show you this week will take a little while, but that’s because mod podge takes some time to fully “cure”. The actual work you’ll do to complete it, however, will take you only twenty minutes and the total cost of this project will run you around $20 or less. Full disclosure, I have a plethora of old Archie comics kicking around and mason jars leftover from buying a dozen when I last did a mason jar round-up post, so I just bought the mod podge and a brush.

You can easily make a candle holder with just four items (five if you include a paper plate)
You just need four main things to complete this craft!

What You Will Need:

  • Mason jar (a 250ml is fine for a luminary)
  • A comic you don’t mind cutting up
  • Mod podge (I used a glossy finish, but matte will work just fine)
  • A brush
  • A paper plate (or another surface to paint the mod podge on)

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Clean Your Mason Jar

Before you get started with the actual craft, I highly recommend washing your mason jar with just dish soap and hot water. Even if you buy yours in the store brand new, you never know what sort of dust might have settled onto the surface, and having a clean working surface will give you the best results.

Allow the jar to dry completely before proceeding with the rest of the craft.

Measure Your Comics

First, measure how much of the comic you must use to wrap around the jar. You’ll also want to decide if you want it just straight on or if you want to add cool angles or cut up into different pieces. There are many ways you can work this craft.

Mod Podge Your Jar

After you have cleaned your mason jar, paint a layer of mod podge all over the sides of your mason jar!
After cleaning your jar, coat the sides with a layer of mod podge!

The best way to start is to paint a single layer of mod podge onto the outside of your jar. I like to use my paintbrush and brush even strokes in the same direction until you have a thin coat on the sides of the jar. You need not paint the bottom or do anything with the jar lid unless you’d like to.

For a quick cleanup, use a paper plate to rest your jar on as you paint the mod podge on.

Mod Podge Your Comic On

Paint another thin layer of mod podge on the back part of your comic and then stick the comic in the design that you want onto the jar. Then allow the jar to dry for about 30 minutes.

I like to add some mod podge to the comic book piece as well!
A thin layer of mod podge on your comic book also helps stick this onto your jar nicely!

Then paint a thin layer of mod podge over the top of the comics, it will dry either matt or gloss depending on the mod podge you have purchased.

Once you have attached the comic book pieces, paint a layer of mod podge on top to seal everything in nicely!
After gluing the comic to the jar, let it dry for 30 minutes and then paint another layer over top to seal it in.

Finally, stick that jar in a quiet place in my home to allow the mod podge to cure (read your mod podge bottle for more details).

Light It Up

Once your mod podge cures (read the package for details), simply insert your candle or votive and enjoy your new mason jar candle!
Once your mod podge cures (check the package for details), insert your candle or votive and enjoy!!

I enjoy using battery-operated candles and votives, they’re so much safer than an open flame! I just pop a battery-operated votive light into my mason jar and set it where I want a relaxing candle glow. Instant ambiance!

You can also add embellishments like ribbons or paint the jar lid too.

Final Thoughts

I love how this mason jar candle turned out! This craft is great for old comics that are, shall we say, well-loved. Another cool idea is to use old books like this wonderful idea from Paro Home. Mod podge is a versatile tool to add to your crafting arsenal, and I will definitely share more crafts using this product. This tutorial is easy to do and the results are a seriously cool candle or votive holder!

I hope this craft has inspired you to go out and get a jar of your own mod podge and start papering mason jars! I would love it if you could spread the love and share this post on social media using one of the share buttons or pin this post to Pinterest.

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Also, let me know how your crafts turn out, hit me up in the comments down below! Even if you just want to say hi!

That is all for this week. Join me next week for a food post about Halloween. Since it’s now October, I wanted to share with you some spookily clever ideas to use for parties or even if you just want some spine-tingling food just for yourself! Until then, stay crafty, my friends!!

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