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Who loves a cute and easy DIY? I’m talking so easy, you can do it during your kid’s nap and still have time to get caught up on your latest Netflix binge. Valentine’s Day is almost upon us, so it’s time to get your craft on!
This DIY candy jar is so cute and would be perfect for a Valentine’s, Palentine’s or Galentine’s gift! Yes, those are things now! It’s also just super cute for decor, sitting on my kitchen counter. 😉 However, I do plan to gift at least one of these to my oldest daughter.
DIY Candy Jar Materials
These are pretty inexpensive to make if you get the materials on sale (TIP: I bought everything except the candy at Hobby Lobby and if you catch everything on their 50% off deal, this project is SUPER cheap!).
Be sure to compare the base of your jar to the candle holder. A mason jar would work great for this and was my original plan, but I preferred the look of a globe-shaped jar.
- Pedestal Candle Holder
- Small Glass Jar
- Craft Adhesive
- Acrylic Paint
- Sponge Brush
- Modge Podge
- Small Wood Knob
- Valentine’s Day Candy
- Ribbon (optional to attach a gift card)
DIY Candy Jar Instructions
Step 1: Attach The Jar
Start this project by attaching the jar to your base. This will give the glue time to dry while you complete the rest of the steps.
I found that you really only need to apply glue along the outer edge of the pedestal. The bottom of the glass jar (at least the size I chose) doesn’t sit completely flush to the candle holder. Also, be smarter than me and buy clear adhesive since I grabbed white without thinking. It turned out fine in the end as I just made sure to wipe up any extra after I attached the jar.
If you’re cool with eyeballing the placement of the jar, go for it! I’m a bit of a perfectionist so I whipped out the level and made sure the jar was perfectly level with the base.
Step 2: Paint The Lid
This step is totally optional if you like the look of silver or whatever color your jar came with. Also, spray painting would be an option for a smoother finish but I didn’t want to deal with the mess, so I chose the craft paint option.
I applied the paint with a sponge brush and it was definitely a very brushed finish, which was OK, but it was at that point that I decided to add the glitter to cover the brushiness (is that a word?).
I sprayed the lids with adhesive and then added loads of glitter, because Valentine’s Day calls for LOTS of sparkles. Not pictured is the Modge Podge, I added a coat of this with a sponge brush at the very end to prevent the lids from transferring glitter to hands whenever the lid is taken off.
Step 3: Attach A Topper
To fancy it up a bit more, I added a little wood knob (I think this is technically referred to as a wood candle cup) that I also painted, glittered, modge podged and then attached with the adhesive.
Step 4: Fill It Up
Now the fun part! Your glue is most likely dry by now but make sure it is before adding the candy. Fill your jar with conversation hearts, M&M’s, Skittles, or any candy you like!
I hope you enjoy this little craft as much as I did. I can’t wait to give it to my daughter, maybe early so I can also use it as holiday decor! I would love to start a tradition of making something for my kids for Valentine’s Day.
What fun traditions do you have for this holiday? Share them with me in the comments!