Handmade Glass Jar Candleholders
Candles are essential at Christmas. They bring a sense of warmth, so dot these pretty tealight candleholders around a table or along a windowsill. Decorate the jars with simple decor, and tie on ribbons that echo the colors in the room.
- Excerpted from A Greener Christmas
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Recycle old candles by heating the waste candles in a pan over a gentle heat. Lift out the dead wicks and cut a new wick just longer than your mold (try using an old teacup or glass). Soak in the wax. Pour the wax into the lightly oiled mold, ensuring the wick is at the center. Leave to set.
- several recycled jam jars, baby-food jars or similiar
- strong wire
- selection of leaves and seed heads, either fresh or dried
- eco-friendly adhesive glue
- recycled ribbon
- several tealights
Clean the jars thoroughly and dry them. Put the lids aside. Cut a length of wire just larger than the diameter of the neck of a jar.
Cut a second length of wire about 12 inches long. Make a secure loop at either end. Thread the first length of wire through each loop.
Wrap the short length of wire around the neck of the jar and secure it tightly. Adjust the loops so that the wire handle works correctly.
Excerpted from A Greener Christmas
© Dorling Kindersley Limited 2008
Connie Deady of Santa Monica, Calif., makes glass sculptures to fill a one-of-a-kind snowglobe.