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This Mardi Gras candle jar is super simple to make with leftover Mardi Gras beads, and could also make a fun storage container or vase depending on the size of your jar.
Let the Good Times Roll
I’ve always had an affinity for Mardi Gras. I was raised Catholic but we never really celebrated it (which, if you’re going to have the deprivation, you ought to get the party, right?). But I love the food, music and spirit of New Orleans (not to mention the wider Caribbean world where Carnivale is celebrated).
I even hosted a Mardi Gras themed house party several years ago complete with food, crafts and lots of kids running around. So why not use Mardi Gras as an excuse to decorate the house in purple, green and gold, throw some beads around and let the good times roll?
It’s actually because of that house party that I have so many Mardi Gras beads lying around. I have a plastic grocery bag full of them, and for years I have wanted to use them in some crafts but have never managed to do so. This year I finally made this Mardi Gras candle jar (or you could put craft supplies in it, or flowers, or whatever you want).
How to Make a Mardi Gras Candle Jar
Making this Mardi Gras beaded candle holder is actually super simple. All you need is a jar (mine is like these glass jars with lids, but you could use a smooth-sided Mason jar, and actual candle holder, even a glass vase), Mardi Gras beads, a hot glue gun and lots of glue and a pair of scissors. I probably used two whole sticks on my project.
Choose which beads you want to use on your project. I opted to go with all round beads but you could do this with other shaped beads as well, they just might not line up as well.
I went with five colors but you can do as few or as many as you like. With my jar I could go around the jar twice with each strand of beads, leaving a few extra. It’s up to you whether you want to trim those extras off or have stripes of slightly varying widths.
To make the Mardi Gras candle holder, heat up your glue gun (I used both the low and the high-melt settings on my gun during the project, and they both work just fine) and cut your beads so that the strand is a long line rather than a loop.
When the glue is warm, spread a bead of glue along the bottom of the candle jar. I did about a third of the way around at a time. Press the beads into the glue. You don’t need to wait for it to harden before proceeding.
Continue around the base of the candle holder, then begin the second round of the stripe just above the first. When you get around twice, trim the remaining beads off if you like and begin the next color.
Once all is completed, clean up your glue strands and add a candle or whatever else you want to put in your jar. I think this would be a fun pencil cup on your desk all year long.
I used a candle that was in a little tin, but you could also use a votive or little tea lights to illuminate your Mardi Gras candle jar. It will be great for mood lighting when we’re devouring our red beans and rice come Fat Tuesday.
Do you celebrate (or craft for) Mardi Gras? I’d love to hear what you do!