I reused them in the summer by putting citronella tea lights in them and putting them around my back porch. I reused them last Christmas by putting white votives in them and staggering them on my floor to ceiling built-in bookshelves. This year I wanted to really repurpose them and make a Christmas decoration that I would be able to use year after year.
I started with clean, dry glass jars. If you aren't a hoarder with 20+ old candle jars but you want to make these, dollar stores always have inexpensive glass jars in a variety of shapes and sizes. I ran mine through the dishwasher right before I started to make sure they were really clean.
1. Mod Podge
2. Glitter (the chunkier the better)
3. Foam paint brush
4. Acrylic coat spray
5. Masking tape
I taped the top edge of my jars so I would have a clean line of glitter. Next, I painted a thin coat of Mod Podge around the entire base on the jar. Mod Podge dries so fast so you have to get the glitter on right away. When I made these, I used large chunky glitter (pictured below) and smaller glitter (the powder kind). The powdery glitter was hard to use because it created small mounds of glitter and I found that I wasted a lot of glitter trying to cover the whole surface area and create an even look.
After shaking excessively, I laid them upside down to dry. If you are using tape to create any type of pattern or line, be sure to pull the tape off while the Mod Podge/glitter is still wet. If you wait until it dries, you will risk the glitter peeling off with the tape.
I let my jars dry overnight before I sprayed them with an acrylic sealing spray. This spray will keep the glitter from falling off onto everything.
Ideally, I would give these as a pretty DIY gift, but I liked them so much (and was done Christmas shopping) that I kept them for myself!