Easy Jar Candle Craft

The theme this week for Discover & Explore is 4th of July: Red, White & Blue. We are inviting you to share your favorite patriotic activities, crafts, tips, and resources for kids at the end of this post.

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I’ve seen beautiful jar candles all over Pinterest, and I’ve always thought they were fabulous but not quite age appropriate for my preschooler and toddler just yet.   Then I read in The Garden Classroom just how super easy they are to make, and I decided we could definitely make some for the Fourth of July.

Simple 4th of July Craft

We gathered some glass jars from the recycling bin. Ours are pizza sauce jars, but you could use any size you like. Then I set up some white glue thinned a bit with water, a paint brush, and some festive sequins. There are also some great suggestions in the book for using other embellishments based on your own style preferences or the holiday you are creating jar candles for.

Recycled crafts for kids

The girls easily covered the jars with glue. Then I held the jar on its side while they sprinkled sequins all over. We just kept spinning the jar and sprinkling sequins until they were happy with their creations.

4th of July Craft for Kids

Then we let them dry, popped in a battery operated tea light and that was it! I absolutely love them, and so do the girls.

Patriotic Lantern

I envisioned placing them outside to decorate for Fourth of July. And the girls let me borrow one just long enough to take this blurry picture (sorry, I haven’t quite figured out nighttime photography). But so far the girls have claimed them as nightlights for their bedrooms.

Easy, festive, and useful…that’s my kind of craft! We’ll definitely be making candle jars again. So far we’ve loved all of the activities we’ve tried from The Garden Classroom, and I’m looking forward to trying more of the great ideas soon. You can find out more about this book by clicking on the image below.

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  1. I’ve already pinned this, and I just love how yours turned out! My son and I are eager to try out something like this soon. 🙂 Thanks for sharing at Stress-Free Sunday — I’m featuring you this weekend!

  2. This is SUCH a lovely idea – hope to try out at home with my boys and also to share on my parenting page on Facebook one day soon. Please do come and check out our parenting tidbits and tips at http://www.facebook.com/ConsciousParentingApproach – see you there! 🙂

  3. This is beautiful when it’s all lit up! What a great craft that allows kids to get involved and create a usable finished product! I tried my hand at a crafty how-to today for the first time. I hope you can stop by and let me know what you think!

    • Shaunna says:

      Thank you! It turned out to be a great project. And your shakers are lovely!! Thanks for sharing.

  4. featured you this week on moms library!

  5. So beautiful! I’ve scheduled to share it tomorrow on FB. 🙂

  6. Stunning! I love this … and it’s great fine motor skills for kids too. I’m stopping over from the TGIF Linky Party. I’d love it if you’d share this (and your other great activities for kids) at the After School Linky Party on my blog each Monday: deceptivelyeducational.blogspot.com. Thanks!

  7. Those turned out so cute and I had no idea they were so easy to make. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Love the candle! It looks so beautiful, and especially gorgeous all lit up!

    • Shaunna says:

      Thanks, Chelsey! It really does look pretty lit up…wish my photography skills were a little bet to do it some justice 🙂

  9. These are so pretty! 🙂

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