Star Jar Candle holder

Star Jar Candle holder

An idea to paint on a pickle jar to create a star candle holder. Includes advice on paints to use.

What you need

One-24 oz. Pickle Jar
Contact paper any color or design


1″ and 2″ foam brushes
Loew-Cornell 3/8″ angular
Old toothbrush

DecoArt-Americana- Ultra gloss paint, color chocolate

DecoArt- Americana acrylic paint
True Ochre Raw Sienna
Dark Chocolate

Delta clear gloss glaze step #3

Micron Pigma Pen-black ink tip #05
Krylon Matt Spray finish #1311
1-1/2″x 18″ fabric strip to wrap around rim of jar
6″x6″ piece of contact paper


Trace 2 stars onto your contact paper.
Cut out and remove the backing. Place one star on each side of jar. Leave stars there until all painting and glazing has been done.

Base coat entire jar-also inside and outside of rim, with the Ultra-Gloss Chocolate paint. I use a foam brush for this. This paint does not need to cure like the jars painted with the flat house paint. Use a blow dryer in-between each coat. You will need to apply at least 2 coats in order to get good coverage, possibly 3.

When the last coat of the Ultra-Gloss chocolate is dry, apply the True Ochre over all of the chocolate paint. Again a foam brush is fine for this application.
Apply as many coats as needed to cover the chocolate paint.

With the 3/8″ angular brush, float Raw Sienna around the edge of each star. Also float Raw Sienna around bottom of jar, at top of rim, inside and out. Let dry.

With an old toothbrush spatter entire jar with dark chocolate. When paint is completely dry spray Krylon Matt spray finish #1311 around the edges of each star. Let dry.

With Micron Pigma pen make stitch marks around each star. Make sure ink is completely dry and then spray the star again with the Krylon Matt spray finish.

Apply the Delta Clear Gloss Glaze step #3, to your jar. Using a foam brush. Leave the contact paper in place until the glaze is very dry. About 15-20 min. (with a blow dryer about 2 to 3 min.) when jar is ready, use a needle or pin to pull one point of the star away from the surface of the jar. Continue to pull until the star is completely off of the jar.

Fold fabric strip in half: tie around rim, cut tails to desired length. Add a votive to the inside of the jar and you have a nice country candle holder!

This Project was contributed by By Cindy Trombley copyright 2001 from Painting on Jars


  1. channonangel says

    Great idea. Love it.

  2. beautiful, but dunno what paints to use as am in UK!

  3. I love it. I have been looking for something like this for a long time.

  4. wow!

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