decorating glass jars and bottles with dots of paint

DIY Candle Holders

Making these decorative glass jars and bottles with a simple stippling technique is a fun way to upcycle trash. Use these pretty containers as DIY candle holders or for packaging up homemade food gifts.

Keyword upcycled candle holders
Author Kris Bordessa


  • recycled jars or bottles glass or plastic
  • paint see notes
  • white paper


  1. Soak jars in warm soapy water to remove labels; dry.
  2. Slip a rolled up piece of white paper inside the jar. This will make it easier to see what you’re working on.
  3. Add a simple shape – such as a flower, circle, or star – with one color using dots of paint. Repeat the shape in several places on the jar. Another easy way to start is with a line around or across the jar.
  4. Outline the shapes in a different color with more dots. Continue adding dots, either outlining the original shape or creating new patterns until the entire jar is covered. You may need to take a break to allow the paint to dry as you move around the jar.
  5. Once complete, put a votive candle or tea light in each jar or fill with food gift.

Recipe Notes

Tip: By sticking with just three or four colors, your DIY candle holders will look great together no matter how many family members contribute their original designs. This is especially good if you're making a menorah that will be displayed together.

You can use the little jars of 3-D paint for this project. Those are probably easier for kids to use. Or you can use a small paint brush dipped in glass paint. Dip the paintbrush in enough paint that there's a bit of excess on the tip of the brush. Carefully dab the end of the brush onto the jar or bottle, transferring a dot of paint.

It's a good idea to use a scrap of paper to practice on first.

Allow enough time for dots to dry in between sections to avoid accidentally smearing the pain.