Christmas Candle Jars with Candles Or Tea Lights

How To Make Christmas Candle Jars

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Christmas is a time for family, friends, and of course, lots of delicious food. But it’s also a time for Christmas decorations! If you’re looking for a fun and easy project to do with your kids this holiday season, why not try making some adorable Christmas candle jars?

These Christmas township candle jars make great holiday gifts. They also make a lovely table decoration for your Christmas dinner party.

In this blog post, we will show you how to make these candle holders for the holidays using mason jars and some simple supplies. You have your choice of two great ideas with candles or tea lights.

Option 1: Christmas Candle Jar

Christmas Candle Jars

 You’ll Need

  • Mod Podge
  • Silver glitter
  • Mason jar without lid
  • Paper
  • Pen
  • Toothpicks
  • Small candle
  • Matches

If you’re using glitter

  • Sharpie pen
  • White acrylic paint

If you’re not using glitter

  • Glue
  • Black acrylic paint

The tutorial offers two types of festive craft projects: either with or without glitter. Both methods involve drawing the images onto a piece of paper.

The video suggests silver glitter, but for Christmas ornaments, it might be fun to use holiday colors such as red, green, and white. Or pink and purple. Whatever you like.

If a couple of these candle jars are peeking out from your holiday table or buffet, I think your guests will be impressed.

Have a look at the video and see if you like to give it a try.


  • Draw or trace your Christmas scene onto a piece of paper. Keep in mind that the pictures shouldn’t be taller than your jar, or longer than around your jar.
  • Cut off the top of your paper if needed to bring it to the correct height for your jar.

If you’re using glitter

  • Roll up your paper and place it in the jar.
  • With the sharpie pen, trace the picture onto the glass.
  • Remove the paper.
  • Paint Mod Podge onto a shape.
  • Sprinkle glitter onto that shape over a piece of paper.
  • Shake off excess glitter. You can funnel the unused glitter back into the bottle.
  • Repeat the glitter process for each shape.

If you’re not using glitter

  • Cut out your picture, leaving the bottom intact.
  • Cut out the holes in the windows and other features.
  • Stick the picture on the outside of the jar.
  • Paint the scene with black paint.

To finish with either method

  • Holding the toothpicks in a group, dip them in white acrylic paint and dab the top half of the jar to represent falling snow.
  • Place your candle in the jar.
  • Light it!

Option 2: Tea Light Candle Holder

Christmas Candle Jars with Tea Lights

This second option for your DIY Christmas mason jar uses glitter and Modge Podge and features tealight candles.

You’ll Need

  • Glass jar
  • Mod Podge
  • Green glitter
  • White glitter
  • Paint brushes
  • Salt
  • Bowl
  • Tea lights
  • Matches

This method produces the lovely effect of tealight candles in glitter jars, I would have thought it would be complicated, but this is an easy project.

You don’t need to use mason jars specifically, any old clean, dry jelly jars will do just fine.

The tree shapes and the colors are a great idea for a Christmas project, but you can use this idea any time during the year for other events.

The white glitter forms the background to the scene and masks the rest of the jar, so I would suggest doing that in every project. Or, blue glitter could become your sky background.

One paintbrush is used for painting the Mod Podge and on is used for removing glitter. If you have another brush that would be suitable for take off excess glitter, you can use that. Even an old toothbrush might do the trick.

Have a look and see what you think.


  • Paint Modge Podge tree shapes of different heights on the outside of the jar.
  • Hold the jar sideways over the bowl and rotate while sprinkling green glitter over the Modge Podge.
  • Shake most of the excess glitter off into the bowl.
  • Then take a clean paintbrush and carefully stroke the rest of the glitter off.
  • Apply more Modge Podge in the gaps up to the top of the jar.
  • Apply white glitter.
  • Remove excess glitter the same way you did with the green glitter.
  • Apply another layer of Modge Podge to seal the glitter.
  • Leave to dry overnight.
  • Pour salt into the jar. This will create the snow effect.
  • Put a tealight candle into the jar and light it.

You now have a cool light-up homemade Christmas decoration!


There you have it! Your very own Christmas candle jar. These make great gifts and are a fun project to do with your kids. So get creative and see what kind of scenes you can come up with.

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