DIY Repurposed Candy Jars

I've been working on my kitchen make-over and I felt like I needed to get rid of the old ceramic canisters that were a little less than functional. While I loved them, they were taking up some counter space that I thought could be filled with something a little more functional. And of course by functional I mean filled with candy (it's a pretty common use of the word actually). I also needed a way to get rid of some of the glass jars that I tend to hoard.

So I dragged my husband to the D.I. (thrift store for those outside of Utah) with me to find some candle sticks. This turned into quite the perplexing outing for my husband as he couldn't seem to figure out why I would want to put jars on a candlestick. Once we got past the point where he just decided to trust me, I found some wooden candlesticks on the cheap. I got five candlesticks for $4.50. 

Next we went to hobby lobby and get some adorable knobs that were on sale for 50% off! All three I chose were $2.99 originally so with the 50% off I walked out for under $5 ... well that was just with the knobs. I also bought my husband a star trek cup for being such a good sport. We had some left over oil-rubbed bronze spray paint from a previous project (one my husband promises to recreate for another part of our house very soon) that I used to paint the jars and candlesticks.  

It took about 2.5 hours from start to finish with spray paint drying time included. I have to say, I'm super happy with how these turned out. I plan on creating some cute hang tags that I can pair with the right candies to make a cute holiday directions. So try them yourself and let me know what you think!

Here's what you'll need:

3 Candlesticks - I used wooden candlesticks I got at the thrift store

3 Recycled Jars with Lids

1 Can Spray Paint in Preferred Color

A hot glue gun, a drill with drill bit the same size as door knob screws, sandpaper, newspaper to paint on

Select the jars and candlesticks you would like. For the jars, I would suggest some of different shapes and sizes to mix it up. Make sure the labels have been taken off the jars. You can do this by rubbing dish soap on the label and wrap in a dishcloth soaked in hot water for about 30 minutes. If this doesn't take all the adhesive off the jar, you can use either Goo Gone or Lime-A-Way . Once the label and adhesives are gone, you can throw the jar and the lid in the dishwasher to get them nice and clean.

For the candlesticks, I found mine at our local thrift store on the cheap. You can use ones that you have lying around the house. You could also use a crafted table leg from the home depot attached to decorative wooden craft plaque if you can't find any candlesticks that you like. Whatever you choose, just make sure it's solid, sturdy, and weighted correctly at the bottom so it won't topple over with a full jar on top.

Most of the wooden candlesticks you find will have a metal insert to place the candle in. The hot glue will work better directly on the wood so the metal insert will need to be removed. To do this, simply take a thin, flathead screwdriver and pry up the edges. Once all the edges have been pried up, you should be able to pull it out with some pliers. 

Next, sand down the candlesticks. You just want to rough up the surface and remove any finish on them, you don't need to remove all the paint. After you sand them down, wipe them with a hot damp dishcloth to remove all the sawdust. Place them on some newspaper in a well-ventilated area. To prepare the lids, just make sure they are clean and dry and place them on newspaper (I used a box so I could carry them all in and out at one time). Using your spray paint, evenly spray the candlesticks and lids. If your candlesticks have intricate levels like mine, just make sure to evenly coat in all the crevices. Don't overdo it when you spray, you don't want the paint to be thick and drippy. You can always do multiple layers to get the right coverage.

Once the paint has dried, find the center of the lids and mark it. I used some white chalk to mark it because you can just wipe any leftover off with a damp cloth. Next, find a drill bit the same size or slightly smaller than the screw that came with the knobs. 

Carefully drill a hole in the lids. I was able to do this by myself but it might be easier for you to have someone help.  Screw the knobs onto the lids. If you want, you can use a hacksaw to cut off the excess screw length. Next, because I'm a little compulsive, I leveled my jars on my candlesticks before securing them. I would recommend doing this so your jars aren't all askew. Once the jars are leveled, take a dry-erase marker and trace the hole of the candlestick on the bottom of the jar. Remove the jar, line the hole of the candlestick with hot glue, and quickly place the jar on top lining the mark on the bottom of the jar with the hole on the candlestick. Hold jar on top of candlestick tightly for 15-30 seconds to allow the glue to dry.

That's it! Wash out the mark on the bottom of the jar and you are ready to fill it up with some tasty candy!