Our family recently finished off a couple of pickle jars at a picnic and I had rinsed them out contemplating what to do with them and was leaning toward storing garage odds and ends in them when a fellow crafter in a Facebook group I’m in posted some spaghetti sauce jars she had sandblasted and used her Silhouette to make beautiful candle holders with. Well, I don’t have a sandblaster but I bet that’s one purchase my husband would say yes to! Instead I thought of a spring vase that I had frosted a few months ago that came out with a similar look as the sandblast and decided my empty pickle jars were destined to be patriotic votives to use this summer! Instead of using the Silhouette, I came up with a way that anyone can do this pretty jar craft without any fancy equipment!
To Get Your Craft On You Will Need:
- empty jar(s) such as pasta, pickle, jam, etc. (I got mine at Joann’s)
- American Crafts bakers twine
- Rustoleum window frost (I have tried other brands of the frost bust Rustoleum does the best for no drips or runs.)
- Kid’s craft foam adhesive star (You can get a pack of these for about $1.50- could this craft be any cheaper?!)
- Glue dot or adhesive felt pad to get your candle to stay put
- Votive candle
To Get Your Craft On Do This:
- Rinse out your jars and remove the labels which can be done by soaking them in soapy water and giving them a good scrub.
- After your clean jars with no labels are thoroughly dry, apply your adhesive craft foam star to the jar and make sure all the edges are securely attached to the jar so you will have a clean design. If you don’t remove the inked expiration dates on the jar (which I did not) then turn the date to the back and put the star on the clean side.
- Apply 2 coats of the Rustoleum glass frost according to the can instructions.
- After the glass frost is dry, carefully remove the foam star. If there is any adhesive left on the jar, use a Q tip with just a dab of nail polish remover to take it off. But be very careful not to get the remover on the frosting or the remover will dissolve it.
- I wanted to add just a bit of color to the votive and also disguise the jar’s ridges for the lids so I just wrapped some red and blue baker’s twine round and round the tops and tied it off at the back.
- Next I added a glue dot at the bottom of the jar and centered my candle, lit, it and my picnic table was dressed up with an adorable, patriotic and inexpensive DIY project!
These red white and blue votives with the patriotic themed stars will be used on my Bar B Que and picnic tables all summer long. The Rustoleum frost works great so the jar craft almost looks store bought. You can hardly tell they were once pickle jars! I do love that this project recycles something that might have been thrown out, which is green and also saves money, but it also uses such inexpensive elements like baker’s twine and a kid’s craft sticker to create something that will be at home on any pretty summer table!