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Friday, January 20, 2012

A Taste of Spring - 12 & 13 of 365

I save jars. I always find a good use for them - storage containers for food, storage for craft items, but most importantly - candles.

Making my own candles is so much cheaper than buying from stores, especially soy. Once I save up a half-dozen jars or so, I heat up a batch.
I normally like simplicity - a plain clear jar, plain white wax. But I saw this idea for a burlap-wrapped jar and just had to try it. Very simple - a strip of burlap, jute cord, and hot glue. Bam, you're done.

I've also seen a few sites online where people have made their own glass beads, so I thought I'd give it a try. I didn't realize how easy it was.
You start off with a clear glass tile. (I got mine from Olivia Pearl Designs.) Cut an image to the size of the tile. Smear a very thin coat of Mod Podge on the back of the tile, and affix the image. Let dry for a minute or two and you got yourself a unique tile! I've seen this done for button, magnets, and even jewelry, so I'm sure you'll see more of these from me in the future.


  1. Hi Helby, your candles look so nice and rustic. Home made are so much better. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

  2. Very cute! I love the simple look of them! I'm always saving jars never ends :) You should join me for

  3. Hi Helby. This is funny but I just created a candle holder wrapped with burlap too. I love the simplicity of yours. Very nice. I guess we are both thinking of warmer weather - you of Spring and me of the Beach.