Babyfood Jar Tealight Holders

These cute tealight holders are fun to make with the kids, and they use supplies right out of your recycling bin -- empty baby food jars.  My boys loved this activity because it is a little messy and involves using scissors and glue.  :-)

First, gather your supplies:  empty babyfood jars, tissue paper, a paintbrush, and glue.  (You'll need to thin out the glue to the consistency of paint -- approximately 3 tbsp glue for each 1 tbsp water.)

Then, follow these three simple steps:

Step 1:  Using the paintbrush, apply glue to a small section of the babyfood jar.

Step 2:  Cut tiny pieces of tissue paper, and apply to the area where you have just applied the glue.  (Keep applying glue and tissue paper until the entire jar is covered.)

Step 3:  Wait for the glue to dry, and then apply a coat over the top of the tissue paper.  (You can add a second top-coat if desired.)

That's it!  You can use a glue gun to attach a piece of ribbon or other embellishments, but this is totally optional.  

Remember to never leave a burning candle unattended... especially around children.  I intend to use some battery operated tealights I found at the dollar store.  Better safe than sorry!

Gina Bell (aka East Coast Mommy)


  1. I love making these - they always turn out so nice - even for the youngest crafter!

  2. Gina, great idea. I have some babyfood jars that I'm giving away so If you want some let me know. After reading this I may keep a few and do this craft with the kids.

    thanks for the ideas..keep them coming.

  3. Great earth friendly project. Besides my weekly Anything goes Fri-Monday linky, I am hosting a Valentine contest with some great prizes. I hope you will link up for a chance to win.

  4. These are always so much fun. I was just thinking we needed to change ours from our fall ones. One little suggestion (that I learned from experience) make sure you use a large enough baby food jar. There are some that the candles will not fit in the opening. Thank you so much for sharing at Sharing Saturday!!

  5. What a fun idea to do with the kids!! Thanks for sharing. We are so glad that you linked up to our "Strut Your Stuff Saturday". We hope you will come back next Saturday and share another great idea! -The Sisters


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