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A snowy glow

Craft with Resene, from the Australian Women's Weekly

Add a gentle warmth to your Christmas decorations with painted candle holders made from jars.

Paint snowflakes on your candle holders

What you need:

  • 3 plain non-embossed jars
  • Sandpaper
  • One A4 adhesive label sheet (glossy)
  • Printer
  • Craft knife
  • Cutting mat
  • Twine
  • Snowflake wood embellishments
  • Tassels
  • Resene testpot brush and Resene paints. We used:


  1. Wash jars, using hot water and detergent and dry completely. Give the jars a light sand so the paint will stick to them.

  2. Photocopy the templates below onto a sticky label sheet (scale to fit the jars). Gloss label sheets are better as the paint doesn’t absorb. Alternatively you can rub some candle wax over the shape so it will be less absorbent.

Things you will need

Stencill on jars

Painting jars

  1. Cut out the snowflake shape and stick on the centre of the jar. Ensure all edges are stuck down firmly, so paint doesn’t seep under. Paint the entire jar with your chosen Resene colour (see our list of Resene blues below). Dry before applying a second coat.

  2. When completely dry, carefully peel the snowflake sticker away, revealing the glass underneath. Use a craft knife to scratch off any unwanted paint to keep edges tidy.

Note: If you find the snowflake shape too complicated, try a simple star, bell or tree shape instead.

  1. To finish, wind some twine around the top of the jar. Paint a wooden craft snowflake or similar in metallic Resene Goldmine. When dry, thread onto twine and attach to the top of the jar with a bow or tassel.

  2. Place a candle inside. Choose one that’s only half the height of your jar or smaller so you can enjoy the glow of the flame.

Snowflake templates: Photocopy to fit jar size.

Stencill snowflake
Stencill snowflake
Stencill snowflake

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