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Painted Mason Jar Votive Holders

Four Painted Mason Jar Votive Holders painted for Valentine's Day, each with a piece of twine around the edge

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Holiday Decor

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With a little spray paint, you can transform plain jars into beautiful Mason jar votive holders! Perfect for your Valentine's Day decor!

We barely have any Valentine’s Day decorations in our house. It isn’t that we don’t like to decorate for holidays (you should see our house at Christmas!). And it isn’t that we’re Valentine’s haters (I’m a big fan of celebrating love whenever you can). So I have no idea why we haven’t decked out our house in pink and red and hearts and glitter before, but I’m telling you, that ends right now.

I’m all about decorating on the cheap (honestly, I’m all about doing everything on the cheap), so when I was thinking of what I could do to spruce up our house for Valentine’s Day, my mind instantly jumped to the thousands (no, literally) of Mason jars stashed in our basement. Combine a few of those with some painter’s tape, spray paint, and a pretty candle, and BOOM—holiday cheer up the wazoo.

Four Painted Mason Jar Votive Holders painted for Valentine's Day, each with a piece of twine around the edge

Digression alert: does anyone else suffer from the winter blues? Since I started working for myself, it has gotten much better. Probably because I’m not locked inside an office from sun up until sun down— but I still feel the doldrums creeping in around this time of year. I’m a 100% summer girl. I love the sunshine. I love the fresh air. I love the beach. I love playing in the dirt. So it can be a struggle for me emotionally to handle the dark, dreary winter days.

But let me tell you, the past few years have been SO MUCH BETTER. Like, night and day. Why? Well, a few years ago, I read this article about the Norwegian concept of koselig (shout out to my awesome Norwegian readers!). Basically, it boils down to the feeling of coziness—and embracing, or even celebrating, coziness to help make winter not only tolerable, but totally awesome. And it clicked with me—maybe I should focus a little more on trying to enjoy winter and making it more cozy, and a little less on tolerating it until it was over. So I have been. I’ve been wearing extra cozy socks. I’ve been sipping tea by the fire. And I’ve been lighting more candles.

Overhead shot of a cluster of Painted Mason Jar Votive Holders, each with a heart and a piece of twine. The jars are gold, red, and white.

It’s interesting how small changes like that can make a big difference. I’m actually enjoying this winter. That doesn’t mean I’m not jonesin’ for a gin and tonic and my flip-flops—my love for summer will never die—but I’m not actively counting the seconds until winter is gone either. I know a lot of folks suffer from real emotional and mental health issues that make winter difficult to get through (not to mention the geographical climate differences—our winters are relatively mild here), but I think as a culture, we could use a little more koselig in our lives.

Anywho. Long story short, now you know why I made some jar votive holders for Valentine’s Day. Candles = koselig. And koselig = good. Now let me show you how to make them! Easy. Breezy.

Three Painted Mason Jar Votive Holders, each with a heart and a piece of twine. The jars are gold, red, and white.

Supplies for the Mason Jar Votive Holders

Here is what you’ll need to make your own painted mason jar votive holders:

Directions for Your Votive Holders

1. Start by rolling out a piece of wide painter’s tape onto a self-healing cutting mat. If you don’t have a cutting mat, a piece of cardboard or foam core will work. Just lightly press the tape down so it sticks. You’re going to want to peel it up later.

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Hand holding up a roll of painter's tape

2. Using your marker, draw out some hearts onto the tape. No worries about it being perfect. Part of the appeal of Mason jar crafts is that they are rustic. Embrace rustic.

Hand using a Sharpie to draw hearts on a piece of painter's tape

3. Using your craft knife, cut out the hearts. Again, rustic. Embrace it. Love it. Live it.

Hand using a craft knife to cut out hearts on a piece of painter's tape

4. Peel the excess tape back. Voila! Painter’s tape hearts.

Hearts made out of painter's tape on a cutting mat

5. Place the tape onto the side of your Mason jar. For the best adherence, try to find a blank part of the jar. Most jars are covered in embossing, so do the best you can. Use your fingernail and really press it down well.

Heart made of painter's tape on an empty mason jar Cluster of mason jars, each with a heart made of painter's tape on the side

6. Next up, you’re going to spray paint. But first, flip those jars over so they are upside down. Why? Well, the overspray from painting will go inside the jar and paint your heart shape—no bueno. Place the jars upside down to fix it.

Two mason jars with painter's tape hearts sitting upside down on a piece of cardboard

7. Spray paint those suckers! I did some red jars, some gold, and some white. It took two light coats to get them nice and covered.

Two mason jars with painter's tape hearts sitting upside down on a piece of cardboard and spray painted red

8. Once the jars are completely dry, peel back the painter’s tape hearts.

Hand holding a mason jar that has been spray painted gold around a heart shape, with a painter's tape heart partially peeled off Hand holding a mason jar that has been spray painted gold around a heart shape

9. You can be done right here if you like the look of them. Put a candle inside and enjoy! Or, if you prefer, you can coat the heart in a frosted glass spray. I really like the frosty look (and I had the spray already), so I did that.

Can of Rust-Oleum Frosted Glass Spray in front of spray painted mason jars

10. Once they are totally dry, plop a candle inside and enjoy your beautiful (and cheap) Valentine’s Day decor. If you like, you can finish the jar votive holders off with some ribbon or twine tied around the neck of the jar. I went with twine, because twine is rustic. And you know how I feel about rustic.

Cluster of Painted Mason Jar Votive Holders, each with a heart and a piece of twine. The jars are gold, red, and white.

Hopefully these jar votive holders bring a little koselig to your February. We have them up on our mantle, and I light them every evening after supper. It’s amazing how a few candles can make a big dark room so cozy. Happy February, friends!

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  • Carrie SAYS

    SO cute, love the idea of doing Christmas ones with tree or angel shapes too.

    • Cassie SAYS

      As I was lighting them last night, I was thinking of doing gold and silver ones with stars for Christmas—that way they would work for New Year’s, too! I’m all about delaying undecorating as long as possible. :P

  • Doreen SAYS

    It’s soooo funny that you mention koselig…I’ve never heard of it before, but I’ve been doing the same thing since late falll! Normally as soon as it starts to get chilly I just shut down and am somewhat miserable for six months (Canadian problems, eh?) and just count down the seconds until summer is here again. But this year I’m totally embracing all the stuff people say they love about winter–socks and tea and blankets and puffy coats and scarves and mittens–and I actually feel okay about things this winter! It’s so great to know that it’s actually a thing and to be able to put a name to it!

  • Christy SAYS

    I have a ton of jars from when I was dyeing yarn and I am pretty sure I have paint somewhere. I’m totally making these this afternoon.

  • Jamie SAYS

    Your attitude is a breath of fresh air……. :)

  • Kristy SAYS

    When you spray the heart with the frosted spray, do you spray the outside or inside of the jar? If it’s the outside, does the frosted spray show up on the painted surface?

  • Chelsey SAYS

    Love this cute idea!!

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