candle in a bottle

Are these not just so pretty?

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I saw them in an interior shop while I was on holiday and thought, as soon as I get home I’m going to make them! So here they are.

I love using hearts because I’m a heart kind-of-girl. If you’re not one, you can use any other shape, or initials, or cut out a word!

What you need:
2 sheets of reading book paper
an old clean glass bottle
rope or ribbon depending on the size of the neck of the bottle… about 50cm’s

Take the page and measure on the bottle what the size of the paper should be. The circumference of the bottle will be wider on the outside than the inside, but measure it to get an idea.

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You will have to stick the sheets together, but to start off first stick the one side together and make sure that it is cut straight. Then and cut off the wrinkled edges.

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Now measure approximately where you want to cut the hearts or shapes. Lightly fold the paper and cut out your shape.

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Before you put the paper in the bottle, glue the one end of the paper, put it in the bottle and spread the paper inside the bottle. Then stick the other end of the paper to the bottle. Almost done.

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Now to just finish off the project tie a ribbon or piece of rope around the neck of the bottle, and place a tea-light candle in the bottle.

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They are beautiful for the middle of your table or to put a few of them on your windowsill and light them for a pretty picture in the evenings.

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Happy crafting and enjoy your pretty candle holders.

79 Responses to “candle in a bottle”

  1. This is adorable! Thank you:)

  2. I saw this on Pinterest! It is so simple yet so pretty! TFS!

  3. I’m stopping by from eighteen25. These are a really cute idea! Love them for Valentine’s day!

    Tashia @

  4. LOVE. So simple, but eyecatching…nice job. Thanks for sharing the steps:)

  5. saw these on eighteen25, adorable! can’t wait to make some! thanks for sharing!

  6. I saw this at Eighteen25 and I’m thinking like u, I can’t wait to try this!!! So simple and cute.

  7. I made these this afternoon and they are so adorable! Someone had pinned you to Pinterest. I put pics on my blog and linked your blog for the tutorial. Thanks so much for the inspiration. They are beautiful on this rainy/icy winter night at home:)

  8. I’m worried about the pages catching on fire being so close to the candle…are these safe??

    • This seems dangerous to me too! I think I would mod podge the pages to the outside instead, to keep the paper from being in direct contact with the fire/hot air.

    • Maybe you can use those pre-lit tea lites that use batteries…

    • I was just going to ask the same question…not sure I’d put the paper on the inside, even though it looks cute!

    • The pre-lit tea lites seem like a best bet or glue the paper outside (It can still look awesome). I fear the point of the heart cut-out (or any part really) will begin to curl as it gets very dried out and possibly ignite. Very nice idea though with the book pages.

    • I had the exact same concern and am so glad I scrolled down through the comments. I think I’d make these by putting the paper on the outside and mod podging the whole thing. That way if I were giving them as a gift the recipient could use either the battery tea lights or the old fashioned actual burning flame tea lights.

    • In my opinion, in the rare event that the pages do catch fire, it is contained in the glass and will soon burn out by itself.
      No harm done! Not a fire hazard in my opinion

    • glad this was adressed, I was worried about the same thing when I saw the live flame. Best option use a flameless candle. A better option as I am a flameless lighting dealer and novelty lighting would be to use an RGB Floralyte, it would cycle through the colours and look beautiful!

    • Sorry Ronel, this is a definite fire hazard, especially if the glass isn’t tempered. I have had candle jars explode and catch fire, without paper inserts. Always better to be safe than sorry and use the battery tea lights.

    • Speaking as someone who has had a candle fire in my home — this seems unsafe.

    • I am going to make some of these for my daughters baby shower, and want to use a couple of childrens books from a second hand store. I agree that they will papered on the outside. I am going to give them away as door prizes to guests!

    • This also looks very cute with the paper glued to the outside!

    • I just wrapped the paper around the outside and glued the sides together with a glue stick. No modge podge, no fire hazard. Looks adorable, perfect for book club!

  9. Saw your DIY on pinterest (beyond the most populars more than 600 repins.
    Love it

  10. Great idea!!! Love it for Valentine’s day!

  11. Absolutely adorable but screams “Fire hazard”. I think would opt for the battery-powered tealights or modpodge the paper to the outside.

  12. might make these for my wedding, they are adorable!!

  13. I just made these in miniature using my son’s babyfood jars. I also mod podged the strip of paper to the outside. Adorbs!

    • mini baby food jars is a SUPER CUTE idea! I think I’m gonna do those!

    • Yes I agree, with my son we go through so many jars and I normally wash them out and use them for small things like bobby pins, paper clips, ect.. but I am going to try making 3 or 4 of these out of them and line them across our kitchen table. I also think I am going to put the paper out the outside as well. Im worried this may be a fire hazard and I know being in a glass jar it could just burn out, but baby food jars are smaller and with my luck something would happen.

  14. I made this today and it turned out super cute! Thanks for idea!

  15. Was thinking this would also be great with sheet music pages…maybe a couples wedding song, moms favorite song, etc. Also agree with keeping the paper on the outside. No one likes a craft that can set their house on fire!

  16. I featured this on my blog and repinned on Pinterest and had over 60 repins from my repin:)
    TY for sharing!

  17. What a quick and easy way to add a special touch to Valentine’s dinner.

  18. I found on Pinterest…this will be perfect for the wedding shower I’m doing for a wonderful young couple next month. Thanks for sharing. GREAT step-by-step photos!

  19. These are so pretty! I would love to share them with my readers if you didn’t mind.

  20. Very cute! I may try this for valentine’s day. Thanks for sharing.

  21. this is so cute….. I’m linking your great tut on my blog, thank you so much for sharing this lovely idea!

    Hugs, Tea from

  22. This is an awesome idea! adorable! love it! 🙂

  23. Love this I am making them today for a Valentine’s Banquet on Saturday!!

  24. Hi dear!
    I’m Aretusa.I loved so much your idea that I made a post about it in my blog.
    Here’s the link:
    Hope you’ll enjoy it.

  25. I am getting married in a schoolhouse next september and these will be a perfect addition to the window sills!! 🙂 We are doing a vintage inspired theme so I think I will add old vintage keys/buttons buttons to the twine, can’t wait to see how they turn out!!

  26. Sweet! Thank you! 😀

  27. Found you on Pinterest and love this! Thanks for the simple instructions as well as the cler photos which will make the a breeze to o. Thanks for sharing!

  28. Bellísimo, simple, vintage, dulce!!!!Gracias por compartirlo con tanto amor.

  29. Found this on Pinterest and can’t wait to make one of my own, thanks for the step by step instructions!


  30. very good idea- thanks for sharing.

  31. This is so cute!! Love it!

  32. Instead of using pages from a book, I printed out our Wedding vows !

  33. So cute! Thanks so much for sharing. I have linked you in my recent blog post 🙂
    Love your Blog, following!

  34. I used your idea modpodging book pages with the heart cut out on a small inexpensive bought candle in holder and it was beautiful! Thanks!

  35. I was thinking about doing this for a little while, thanks for the tips!

    Beka x

  36. This is a really good read for me, Must admit that you are one of the best bloggers I ever saw.Thanks for posting this informative article.

  37. Hi! Bumped into your pretty lantern on Pinterest a while back and now got it included in a recent blog of mine: – thanks, and happy crafting! Katja K.

  38. I saw this on pinterest and it was love at first sight!

  39. Question! Does anyone have suggestions for getting the paper to actually sit against the jar inside? Mine seems to just stand up, not against the jar itself. I am using mason jars, maybe they are too beveled outwards??

    • Try and cutting your paper just as wide as the flat part and don’t let the paper go over the beveled edge. It will still look pretty even if it doesn’t cover the whole jar in length 🙂 hope that helps

  40. Thank you! If not, I will resort to doing the outside.

  41. What kind of paper did ya’ll use?! I am using printer paper and having a super hard time getting it into my mason jar and it not being crinkled towards the bottom….

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  43. I will be using page(s) out of a very old Grimm’s Fairy Tales book that have drawings of the characters on them.

  44. How nice the idea about “candle in a bottle”. God bless you Denise ! & give you more talent !!

    glass jars

  45. found this on pinterest! LOVE.

  46. Hi there,

    Really its amazing, but I have one doubt if a light will burn in a glass bottle then what will be situation at that moment.

  47. Beautifuly. Making this for a baby shower.

    Oh and to those concerned of a fire hazard … you can purchase a small glass votive holder ($2 at craft shop) to glue onto the bottom center. Protects the paper and funnels the heat directly up!


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