Make the perfect Christmas candle holder using a glass jar or tumbler and a little black card

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You’ll be amazed at how easily you can create a festive village scene. It’s a great way to upcycle an old large glass vase too!

Although we think this is a perfect addition to your Christmas decorations, we also think it’s lovely to have on your shelf or mantelpiece all winter long!

Follow the five easy steps below to make your very own!


  • A glass jar or tumbler
  • Black card
  • Craft knife or scissors
  • White pencil
  • Tealight
  • White acrylic paint and paintbrush (optional)

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1. If your glass has straight sides, measure the circumference at the base. Add 10mm to allow for the cardboard to be wrapped around the glass with an overlap to secure it in place.

If your glass isn’t straight-sided, then measure around where you intend the top of your decoration to end and add 10mm to that.

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2. On your black card, mark out the desired length with your white pencil and then draw the village scene. We drew some small houses with windows, a street lamp and some trees.

Don’t worry if the markings aren’t absolutely perfect, you can always rub them out once you’ve cut out the silhouette.

As you work out your design, make allowance for the overlap.

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3. Using a craft knife or pair of scissors, cut out the Christmas village scene, not forgetting the windows! If using a craft knife, use a cutting board.

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4. Wrap the cardboard around the outside of the glass jar and secure the overlap section using a little PVA Tacky Glue.

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5. For an added Christmassy feel, dot a little white acrylic paint above the cardboard to look like snow.

Place your tealight in the glass jar and your Christmas candle holder is ready to light.

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