Nautical Candle Holder

3 Materials
30 Minutes

I like to decorate with a touch of lake vibes in the summer. Especially seeing as we live about 150 yards off of Lake Ontario. And this nautical candle holder is just the added touch my cabinet needed.

Just a little nautical decor goes a long way.

if you have jute or string on hand you could do this project at zero cost. I had to buy more string because I go through a lot of it.

I started with an old pickle jar. I like that it doesn’t look brand new and shiny. You could also spray it with a sea glass spray paint if you wanted to take it a step further.

Make sure your jar has a wide mouth. Cut 7 to 8 pieces of of string. I measured 7 times the length of the jar and that was plenty.

Cut a piece of string and wrap it around the mouth of the jar twice and tie. Make sure it’s not too tight because you’ll need to slip your long strand through next.

Next fold one of your 8 long pieces of string in half and slip the loop under your main piece that’s tied around the neck of the jar. Pull your ends through and pull to form a simple knot.

Continue all the way around spacing all the pieces out evenly.

Next grab one string from one set and a second string from the set next to it and tie in a knot.

Once you’ve tied one set all the way around you move down to the next set of knots continuing to take one string from one set and the second string from the set next to it. It’s kind of hard to explain, but once you get going it makes sense.

Continue this method until you reach the bottom of the jar.

Turn the jar upside down and gather your strings.

I cut my strings, tied them in a few spots and glued them down with a glue gun.

That’s it!! Just place your candle in it (I used a votive cup inside) and you’re done.

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  • Squirllysue Squirllysue on Jun 23, 2021

    Just wondering if the knots on the bottom of the jar, keep it from laying flat??

    I think I’m gonna show my grandaughter how to make these. It will be a nice project for her to do for summer vacation.😊

  • Aadya gurung Aadya gurung on Jun 26, 2021

    And we have no gluegun so what can I do

  • Cen49122543 Cen49122543 on Jun 29, 2021

    How to make a picture frame

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  • Candice Gibbs Candice Gibbs on Jun 22, 2022

    Omg nice! Even sea glass would be a nice touch too!

  • Lori714 Lori714 on Jun 23, 2022

    Great idea! Definitely going to try this. Maybe try 3 different size jars as a collection. Also great to put collections in: shells, buttons, rocks.

    Thanks for the idea.