Upcycled Glass Jar Votives Get a New Look

flowery glass jar votives

Flowery Glass Jar Votives with new lights.

I make most of my votives from upcycled non-recyclable jars from pickled items, sauces and more, and I’ve always used some sort of flameless candles, either the small votives or a variety of small or large pillar candles. They looked nice, but I always felt there was something missing. They just didn’t have that magical feeling of a field of flowers.

I had noticed the wine bottle fairy lights in recent years, and I have them on hand as an accent and highlight for my displays both here and at events away from here. When I was putting together my display for my May open house I picked up one of my strings of fairy lights and dropped it into my handpainted Woodland Sunflowers votive.

Handpainted Woodland Sunflowers Votive

Handpainted Woodland Sunflowers Votive

The effect was perfect! The tiny lights nearly lined up with the flowers on the outside, the glow was more full inside the jar, and since the lights often have an automatic timer this votive could finally be used as what I’d envisioned—a nightlight or lamp.

Find the Handpainted Woodland Sunflowers Votive here.

And then I dropped a strand into the big Summer Wildflowers votive that no pillar candle has ever been able to evenly illuminate.

Summer Wildflowers votive.

Summer Wildflowers votive.

I was sold on the idea. No votive was ever going to work for me in these again, especially the bigger ones.

Find the Summer Wildflowers Votive here.

The fairy light strings come in different lengths with different numbers of lights, but some of the smaller jars couldn’t fit the battery pack inside. I immediately thought of the wine bottle lights that have a cork-shaped battery pack. I buy my lights wholesale but that distributor didn’t carry them. I easily found them at another one, and it’s all working out well.

Nearly all votives are made from upcycled non-recyclable jars from pickled items, sauces and more. At one time I etched the inside or outside with Armour etch but it’s been increasingly difficult to find. At the same time I discovered the matte finish frosted vinyl labels that I can use with my laser printer. The laser print provides a much sharper and more defined image and the frosted label replaces the need to etch on the flat areas where the label is. I embellish the shoulders and base of the jar where a label can’t adhere without rippling with alcohol inks or glass paints in solids or patterns.

I’m very pleased with this change in direction! Because I’ve been in the local farmer’s market the past few weekends I haven’t been able to photograph all of the votives with their new lights. You can see the selection in the group photo at the top. I did photograph the two featured in this post and updated their product posts, though. I’ll get to the rest of them when I make a few more and photograph them all at once.

Best of all, you get a discount when you purchase two!


Find all my votives featuring cats, butterflies, flowers, nature and wildlife on my Votives page in my Handmade Gifts Gallery.

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