Thursday, May 19, 2011

Craft Time: Moroccan Jars!

I love to get crafty but I don't often find the time to do so. I read design blogs and find myself saying: I'll make that! and then never do. However, recently I actually did get inspired and follow it through and thought I'd share the fruits of my labor with you here even though they have absolutly nothing to do with books.

A few months ago I was clicking through trusty design*sponge when they talked about how you could easily turn old glass jars into Moroccan candle holders. I have a special place in my heart for the "Moroccan theme". I don't know why, I've never been there but the colors and the lushness of the whole look always speaks to me. So when I saw how simple this craft was I thought I could totally make this. You know, sometimes these crafts involve lots of steps and well, I just don't think it's gonna look good when I touch it so why try. This one though, I could handle. So I started saving my jars when I made pasta or ate some canned peaches and soon I had three and I went shopping for supplies.

I cleaned my jars of labels, ran them through the dishwasher and if there was any extra glue went over it with finger nail polish remover--it gets rid of everything! Then I went to Michael's and picked up some gold dimensional puff paint (hello 1980s!) and some glass paint in vibrant colors (I bought paint that was specifically for stained glass). I already had paintbrushes and I was ready to go!
Add gold paint!
The next step is to add the gold paint to the outside in designs that you like and let dry. There are all kinds of Moroccan designs you can go with. The goal is to obviously have some holes to let the colored paint shine though. Then let it dry for 24 hours.

Add colored paint to inside of jars
Once gold paint is dry, you add the colored paint to the inside of the jars. I chose red, purple and green. It will dry a lot lighter than it initially looks. You want it to evenly coat. I squirted it in the bottom and then spread it all around. Once dry, add candles to the bottom and presto, you have Moroccan candle holders! I love them :)
All aglow!


  1. What a great idea. I love the way they look and so easy (or so, you made it seem). I think I may have to try this out.

  2. I am keeping this one for a summer project with my daughter. I absolutely love this idea! Did you have to get a certain type of paint for the inside to be heatproof?

  3. Wow! Those are pretty fancy :) I like 'em!

  4. Cool! You should sell those on Etsy or something.

  5. Thanks for the compliments everyone! I really like them when they are aglow at night :)

    Col - I have had a candle in them now for quite a few nights in a row and the regular stain glass paint has not caught on fire or had burn marks on it so you should be fine with that too!

  6. These are gorgeous! I love the idea and I am with you on not really having the time to do all the crafts I see or want to do. These look pretty easy though and so pretty for the effort!


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