DIY Fall Candle Holders from Recycled Jars

DIY candle holders from recycled jars

It’s starting to get cold here in PA, and when that happens I get out my candles. They keep my apartment a little bit warmer and make the atmosphere more relaxing. Every Fall I do a few candle tutorials and this is the first one of the season. I know we’re not quite into autumn yet, but its about 64 degrees here, so it’s close enough for me.

I always save my jars because they can be used for something, whether it be craft and food storage or, in this case, candle holders.

If you have the jars already, that’s great! You will just need to make a craft store run for the following items.

fall candle holder craft supplies

Candle holder craft supplies

  • scissors
  • hot glue gun
  • recycled jars
  • white ribbon
  • lace ribbon
  • burlap ribbon (wide)
  • rope and burlap flowers


burlap ribbon

Step 1: wrap the jar with burlap ribbon

The burlap ribbon will be the base for the decorative wrap. Use your glue gun to adhere the ribbon to the jar.

candle holder crafts

Step 2: wrap the jars with white and lace ribbon

Glue the white ribbon around the center of two of the jars, preferably the smaller two.

Glue the lace ribbon around the larger jar.

Make sure your ribbons meet in the back where the burlap ribbon was glued together.


upcycled jar crafts

Step 3: decorate your jars with fall flowers

Glue on the rope and burlap flowers for the final touch of the fall-inspired candle holders.


DIY candle holders from recycled jars

Add the candles and you’re finished! Use them as a table centerpiece or set them on your windowsill.

As always, I’d love to hear what you think! Leave your thoughts in the comments.

Happy crafting!



If you’re looking for more craft ideas, check these out:

DIY Autumn-Inspired Mason Jar Vase

This fall-inspired mason jar decor is perfect for upcycling old jars and getting into the autumn spirit! Grab some jars, acrylic paint, burlap, white ribbon and flowers to get started.

autumn-inspired mason jar vase

Autumn Craft: DIY Leaf Relief Painting

Not into the jar crafts? Try a relief painting with leaves! This is just a fun project. In fact, it’s one my favorite crafts on this blog. Follow the tutorial to make your own.

DIY leaf relief painting

DIY Halloween Craft: Pumpkin Decor

You can’t get into the fall months without seeing pumpkins. If you’re a fan, try this cute craft. All you’ll need is some scented pinecones, a craft pumpkin (or a real one, whichever you prefer), a candle and a carving knife.

DIY fall pumkin decor with scented pinecones

DIY Customized Coffee Jar


You probably know a lot of people who like coffee, right? I sure do. So, for Christmas this year I am gifting some coffee in a cute customized jar that I just finished making. It makes a nice gift for anyone, not just the coffee snobs. You could do this with tea also!

As with many of my crafts, this one is quick and easy. If you have less than a day to get a gift together, this might be your life saver.

coffee jar materials

Coffee Jar Materials

  • Jar
  • Sponge brush
  • Painters tape**
  • Adhesive stencils
  • Satin acrylic paint

** = optional

The painters tape isn’t necessary, but I like to use to ensure a straight line. You could use any other kind of tape or rubber bands as an alternative.

preparing coffee jar

Step 1 (optional)

Align your tape evenly so that your stencils will adhere the jar in a straight line.

coffee stencil letters

Step 2

Adhere the stencils.

Tip: If you have the Martha Stewart brand stencils that I used, I would suggest overlapping them a bit. When I was finished, I felt as if my letters were spaced too far apart.

coffee jar with stencil and glass paint

Step 3

Paint the letters and design (if applicable).

Let the paint sit for a few minutes, but be sure to remove the stencils before the paint dries.

NOTE: You can either cure the paint by letting it air dry for 21 days or you can bake it for 30 minutes (according to the Craftsmart brand directions). Your brand might be different, though, so make sure you read it.


When you’re finished, you’ll have a very cute customized coffee jar to give as a gift or keep for yourself! If you are giving it as a gift, it might be nice to provide a recipe card for different coffee drinks you can make. I’ll just direct you to Pinterest for some of the yummy coffee recipes I found earlier.

Thanks for reading and happy crafting!


DIY Halloween Glitter Globe

DIY Halloween glitter globe

I’ve always wanted to make a snow globe, but snow wouldn’t be appropriate for Halloween, so I decided to make a glitter globe instead. I like Halloween more than Christmas anyway.

I got everything I needed at Michael’s (all Halloween decorations are 50% right now!) and it was under $10. I already had the super glue so I’m not factoring that into the price.

If you want to make one, read through my tutorial.

halloween glitter globe materials

Halloween Glitter Globe Materials

Mini skulls
Super glue (make sure it’s waterproof)
Large Mason Jar
Halloween Figurine

halloween skeleton figurine

skulls halloween decor

Step 1

Super glue your figurine and skulls to the bottom of your lid.

As you can see in the second image, I ended up moving the figurine on top of a bottle cap to prop it up a little bit.

water filled Mason Jar

Step 2

Fill up your Mason Jar with distilled water and add just a few drops of glycerin into the jar. Shake it around a little bit.

Pour in your glitter.

DIY Halloween globe

Step 3

Screw the lid on tightly and you’ve got yourself a Halloween glitter globe.

DIY Halloween glitter globe

I’d love to hear what you think so leave your feedback in the comments.

Happy crafting!

Duct Tape Craft: DIY Car Garbage Bag

The Craft Challenge

This craft tutorial is part of The Craft Challenge. You can learn more about it here.

DIY car garbage bag made of duct tape

The September Craft Challenge is Duct Tape. Exciting right?!

I’ve done one other Duct Tape craft the entire time I’ve been blogging, so I was itching to do another one. Possibly one that’s a bit more challenging. I thought about making a purse, but I know I’m not going to use it. I also thought about a Halloween costume (but it’s too early for that). Eventually, I settled on a car garbage bag. It’s definitely the cutest garbage bag that’s ever been in my car!

It’s really easy to make, took about 40 minutes and $10. Not too shabby. If you want to make your own, keep reading.

diy duct tape garbage bag materials

DIY Duct Tape Garbage Bag Materials

Duct Tape
Garbage bag
Scissors/X-acto knife
Cardboard or cutting mat

garbage bag layout

Step 1

Position your garbage bag over your cutting mat and measure and draw the layout for your cuter garbage bag.

I made mine more like a square (because I assumed I’d probably cut off more than I planned, which I did).

Remember the size you wanted. You’re going to need it in step 3.

duct tape bag craft

Step 2

Add strips of Duct Tape over your drawn layout on the bag.

I really tried to match up the patterns but it just wasn’t working in some places. If you choose a detailed pattern, you might run into the same issues.

Repeat on other side.

duct tape bag outline

Step 3

Redraw your layout on top of the Duct Tape.

Cut off the excess.

duct tape swirl pattern

Step 4

Now, you have two square-ish pieces. Position one above the other, pattern facing up, and Duct Tape them together.

garbage bag edges

Step 5

Fold one piece over the other so that the bag is on the inside and the sides you Duct Taped together are at the bottom.

Fold in the bottom right corner like in the image above. Then, Duct Tape those sides together.

Make sure You tape the corners you just folded inward so nothing gets stuck in there later. Yuck.

Repeat on the other side.

duct tape garbage bag handle

duct tape bag handle

Step 6

Now we’re going to make the bag handle and the size will be determined by the location you plan to hang the bag. Since I have my garbage bag hanging from my shifter, I made a smaller one. You might want to consider hanging yours off of the back of your seat so your kids can easily throw away their trash. If that’s the case, you’ll want to make sure the handle fits over your head rest.

Cut a piece of Duct Tape to fit your needs and fold it in half.

Then, tape it to your bag.

duct tape accent color

Step 7

Now for the accent color. Take a piece of your accent tape and fold it over the top of each piece of the bag like the image above.

If you want a thicker band you can add another strip that doesn’t fold over the top.

Tip: It’s easier to tape one side at a time.

duct tape car garbage bag

When you’re finished, you should have something like this.

DIY car garbage bag made of duct tape

Go hang it in your car and you’re done! You can put a mini garbage bag inside of your much cuter bag if you want. Since the worse thing I’m going to throw in there are bags and crumbs, I’m not too worried about it. But if you’re going to be throwing coffee cups and other things that leak in there, you might want to consider some extra protection.

Next month’s Craft Challenge is going to be Halloween. If you have any ideas for me, I’d love to hear them!

Make sure you check out the other Craft Challenge blogger’s posts today. I’m excited to see what they’ve made!

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DIY I Love Yoga Bleach Pen Shirt

DIY I love yoga shirt

Did you know you can make designs on fabric with a Bleach Pen?

I saw someone post a t-shirt on Pinterest and said it was made with a Bleach Pen. I thought, why haven’t I ever thought of that?! I have one so, of course, I had to try it.

I’ll be honest, it didn’t turn out the way I thought it would, but I actually like the bleeded effect I got. It kind of it reminds me of tie-die. If you go into the craft knowing that it’s going to bleed, you can make some neat shirts!

I would like to figure out how to get straighter lines, so when I do, I will let you know. I plan to experiment this week.

DIY yoga shirt materials

Things You Will Need

Bleach pen
Ironing board
Freezer paper*

*You can find freezer paper at the grocery store in the aisle with the foil.

I love yoga shirt graphic

Step 1

Make a design you like or download mine.

Print the design on the freezer paper (not on the side with the wax) and cut it out with an X-acto knife. This is the hardest part, so take your time with it.

iron-on i love yoga design

Step 2

Iron the freezer paper onto your shirt, wax side down.

The wax, when heated, adheres to the fabric and peels off easily. No clean up necessary.

bleach pen shirt design

Step 3

Place your notebook inside of the shirt to keep the bleach from soaking through to the other side.

Beach it. (I might have gone overboard.)

washing tank top

Step 4

Take your shirt to the sink, carefully peel off the Freezer Paper and wash the shirt.

Let it dry.

DIY I love yoga shirt

When you’re finished, you should have something like the above.

Let me know what you think! Do you like the bleeded effect or would you prefer a design that looks clean with straight lines?

Happy crafting!

Last Minute DIY Father’s Day Gifts

Is it almost Father’s Day already? I feel like that just happened.

I’m sure there are many of you who feel the same way. Did you get Dad something yet? Of course not. Because you had a million things to do this week and now it’s Friday night. You could go to the mall and buy him something he doesn’t really want that he probably won’t use… or you could make something yourself. Something he will appreciate more because it’s from the heart.

Dad’s like that kind of stuff. They like to make things and work with their hands. I know I’m stereotyping, but my dad is very much like that. He would appreciate anything, but probably something more personal. Honestly, I’d be surprised if he remember Father’s Day was coming up. (No offense, Dad, but it took you about a week to notice I chopped 8 inches off my hair.) Anyway, I digress.

You know you want to get him something he’ll use, but you waited until the last minute, so you think you have to go buy something. False. You can make any of these gifts pretty quickly. Give them a try and let me know how it goes.

These are all DIYs from my blog over the years, so I know they’re going to work out. No mishaps, no surprises. Click each image for the tutorial!

If you have any suggestions, I’d love to hear them 🙂

Gifts He Will Actually Use

Manly beard oil

I know that not all men have beards. But this is a great gift for the ones who do. My boyfriend will vouch for it. He loves this stuff.

DIY manly beard oil

Device Charging Station

Does your dad have a ton of devices? Make this for him so that he can charge everything in one place. There won’t be cords everywhere either. This is a good one for the neat freaks, too.

phone charging station

Sketchbook Pen Holder

Maybe he’s an artist. If so, he might enjoy a handmade pen holder that fits nicely around his sketchbook. The hardest part about this craft is going to be getting his sketchbook away long enough to measure it without him noticing.

DIY sketchbook pencil holder

Dad’s Stache Jar

I made this for my dad last year for Father’s Day. He wouldn’t tell me if he needed anything so I bought gift cards to his favorite stores (or most useful stores) and decorated a jar for him. I think he enjoyed it.

Father's Day Dad's Stache Jar

Peppermint Flavored Lip Balm

I know it might seem ridiculous to buy a man lip balm, but some of them are addicts, seriously. If your dad is one of them, he might enjoy this one. I made this stuff a year ago and I won’t EVER go back to Chapstick, or any other store-bought version of it. This stuff is awesome and costs about $.08 a tube. You can’t beat that.

DIY peppermint lip balm


Some things are meant for entertainment purposes only.

Shadow Box Memories

If you know of a specific memory your dad cherishes, make a shadow box as a reminder for him. Maybe it was a baseball game or night at the movies. Get some small objects that are reminiscent of that memory and put them in the shadow box. He will love it!

DIY Shadow Box Memories

Redneck Wine/Beer Glasses

If you dad likes his alcohol, make him some fancy glasses to drink it out of. You pour beer out of the bottle anyway, right? These are super easy to make and won’t cost you more than $5. Two mason jars, two candlestick holders and some super glue (waterproof). He might laugh at you, but he will use them.

DIY Redneck Wine Glasses

Candy-Infused Vodka

Back to that alcohol… Did you know that you can infuse vodka with any kind of candy and it will taste awesome? Try it. It does’t have to be candy canes like I did in this one. It could be Lemonheads, Root Beer Barrels or whatever he likes.

DIY candy cane vodka

Maybe He Likes Food More

If he likes food more than things, he might like a few of these.

Butterfinger Rice Krispies

These are the BEST Rice Krispies treats I have ever had. I can’t remember who gave me the recipes, but I made too many of them one day. So, I took the leftovers to work and they were devoured in a few minutes. I got great feedback!

Butterfinger Rice Krispies treats

Cinnamon Loaf French Toast

Is he a breakfast eater? This french toast is awesome. I used to make it all the time (then I got too lazy to make breakfast).

DIY Cinnamon Loaf French Toast

Candied Pecans

I made these for my dad last year for Christmas and he finished them pretty quickly. Then, he asked me to make more. They’re yummy, I promise.

Candied pecans

The Gift Is Only Half The Battle

Don’t forget the gift box/bag! You might not have one of those sitting around, but you might have some scrapbook paper.

Box From Scrapbook Paper

DIY paper gift box

Gift Bags From Scrapbook Paper

DIY Paper gift bags

Gift Card Holder From Scrapbook Paper

If you got him a gift card, don’t forget about the neat holders you can make with scrapbook paper! It only takes a few minutes to put it together.

DIY Gift Card Holder

Upcycled Craft: DIY Candle From Antiques

The Craft Challenge

This post is part of The Craft Challenge. If you’re interested in learning more about the challenge, you can read about it here.

DIY upcycled candle holders

This month’s theme for The Craft Challenge is Upcycling: to create something new from something old. This is typically throw-away material, but it doesn’t always have to be.

I was in a resale shop and found these old, beautiful brass candlestick holders and small ceramic bowls. They seemed to go very well together, so I decided to make a candle holder out of them.

DIY upcycled candle materials

Things You Will Need:
A pot
Tin can
Super glue
Candle wax
Fragrance oil
Candle wicks
Ceramic bowels
Candlestick holders

You can get the majority of these materials from any hobby shop. Rummaging a resale or consignment shop will be great for finding older materials to upcycle if you don’t already have something laying around. Teacups make nice candle holders has well!

The rest of the materials can be purchased online at stores like Amazon or Michaels.

melting soy wax

Step 1
Fill up your tin can with candle wax. (I chose soy wax).

Place it in a pot filled less than half way with water and turn your burner on high.

**Note: You can use other containers to hold the wax, but tin conducts heat well and cools quickly when removed so it’s a great choice for candle making.

candle wick set up

Step 2
While your wax is melting, you can set up your candle’s wicks. Place the wicks in the center of your bowls and hold them upright with a knife like in the image above.

melted candle wax

Step 3
When your wax is completely melted, you can pull the tin out of the pot. Be careful, because it will be very hot. I always use oven mits or tongs.

candle fragrance oil

Step 4
Now you can pour in your fragrance oil. There will be instructions on your bottle telling you how much you’ll need.

Stir well.

drying candle wax

Step 5
Pour the wax into your bowls and use a second knife to hold the wicks in place.

Let the wax dry and the bowl cool.

candlestick glued to candle holder

Step 6
Super glue your candlestick holder to the bottom of your bowl.

Let it dry.

brass candle stick holder

DIY upcycled candle holders

When you’re finished, you will have yourself some newly upcycled candles. I love mine 🙂

One person’s trash is another’s treasure, right?

The Craft Challenge Participants and Their Upcycled Crafts

Click on each of the pictures to check out each of their crafts. All of the upcycled crafts are to be posted at some point today.

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