Encased in luminous yellow jars, these charming votives add an inviting glow to any summertime table.
What's more, the technique is easy, requiring little more than paint, votives, and glass containers. To achieve a rich yet frosted appearance (so that the paint looks as if it has been fused to the glass),
Martha uses Pebeo Vitrea 160 series glass paints, which are nontoxic, permanent, and dishwasher- and microwave-safe. As she points out, the candles look especially lovely paired with seasonal arrangements of sunflowers.
- Glass container, such as a Mason jar
- Rubbing alcohol (optional)
- Yellow paint (1 1/2 ounces will cover 4 pint-size jars)
- Paper towels or cloth
- Shallow pan
- Wire, crimp beans, and pliers, for hanging (optional)
Prepare jar for painting by washing and, if necessary, wiping interior with rubbing alcohol to remove any debris or traces of oil. Pour approximately 3 to 4 tablespoons of paint into the jar. Rotate jar slowly to move paint around the interior until entire surface is coated. Tip jar on one of its sides, and hold in that position to pool excess paint in one area. Pour excess paint back into paint jar (if you're making more than one, pour remaining paint into the second jar, making sure it has been cleaned and prepared for painting).
Place the jar, inverted, mouth side down, on a small stack of wet paper towels or a cloth to allow any excess paint to drain. To avoid excess-paint buildup at mouth, replace wet paper towels until paint begins to set and is no longer dripping. Once paint has initially set, turn it back on its base to dry for 24 hours.
Once dry, place jar in shallow pan, in a 325 degree oven, and bake for 40 minutes. Turn oven off, and allow jar to cool in oven, leaving door ajar. After jar has cooled, insert a votive candle.
To hang the jar, cut a piece of wire 3 inches longer than the circumference of the jar. String one crimp bead onto one end of the wire. Holding it in place, thread the wire's other end through the same bead in the opposite direction so that the crimp bead has a wire end extending about 1/2 inch out of each opening. Use pliers to crimp the bead, creating a wire ring that will be placed around the jar's neck. Place the ring over the mouth, and twist loops on opposite sides of ring until it's small enough so that it won't slip off. Bend wire in half, slip one end into one loop, and use pliers to bend the tip of the end upward. Repeat for other side.