How to make Christmas tea light holders

Candles are a great way of creating atmosphere at Christmas. Their soft twinkling light can warm a room and makes us all feel good. These tea lights, or votive candle holders are real gems, especially as they are made from old yogurt jars and cost next to nothing.  They’re incredibly easy and great fun to make – a perfect project for little fingers!

You will need

  • Old jars (I use old yogurt jars, which are smaller, for these tea light holders – but any jars will do. You can even use old wine glasses)
  • Glass paint
  • Outliner paint
  • Mini jewels (broken costume jewellery and odd earrings can also be used)
  • Glue
  • Wire
  • Pliers/wire cutters

Step 1

Thoroughly clean jars and leave to dry thoroughly.
If they’re still greasy or have glue residue from any labels on them, clean with a little pure alcohol or nail varnish remover on cotton wool.
Then paint the jar with a uniform cover of glass paint. Use a soft paint brush to avoid streaky marks

Step 2

Decorating your jars.

You can decorate them in lots of different ways. For these jars I have used an outlining paint to create little dots and then added mini gems attach with glue (see the picture in Step 3).

Step 3

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When the paint and glue is thoroughly dry attach a wire handle.
Cut a length of wire about 30cmsin length . Wind it around the neck of the jar twice and twist to secure. With the remaining wire create a loop over the top of the jar and attach on the opposite side.
Experiment with creating your own patterns and by using different jar shapes – even second hand wine glasses.

Items for your toolbox

Cerne Relief Paint - ideal for creating patterns and outlining colours
Pebeo Glass Painting Starter Kit - ideal for the first time glass painter


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There are 6 Comments

  • Friendly Flo

    I am going to get my children to make these as presents for their Grandmother.

  • Greengoddess

    That’s a good idea Flo, my mother in law would love them for the garden.

  • Hilary Bruffell

    These would be ok for the garden. The glass paint can stand getting wet…it can even withstand a dishwasher!

  • Jenny Peterson

    I love this idea! I did something similar years ago, and forgot about it. Now, I’m planning a candle extravaganza for my entryway table and these will be perfect! Thanks!

  • emmaa22

    I bought a Pebeo kit a couple of Christmases ago and made tealight holders for all my girlfriends – I went a bit bonkers actually, but really enjoyed doing them and was impressed with how they looked. I like these coloured ones, I downloaded clipart of several Christmassy designs and used them stuck inside to trace with the outliner pen, then filled in with the colours. I thought I might do wine glasses this year.

  • debbysworld

    My neighbour keeps her baby food jars for me and I use them for tealights… I haven’t got round to decorating mine yet though. After seeing this I think I’m going to have a go!!