Hello, my name is Dionne and I have been crafting for a very long time. As a very young child my mother tried to teach me to knit, it was a disaster. However, it must have sparked an interest in making things and, partly to prove that I was not totally useless and partly because I really wanted to make things, I taught myself to crochet. Over the years I have developed a love of cross stitch and all types of paper craft ..... I eventually even taught myself to knit.

I am married to a very understanding man, thank goodness, because I spend all my time either crafting, thinking about crafting or talking about crafting. I am hopeless at housework and dinner is often late!

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Friday, 11 March 2016

Fairy Lanterns

It was a lovely day here yesterday, almost like spring, when I went out I did not even need a coat.  I hope it lasts for the weekend.

I am back today with day 3 of my easy gift ideas.  These lovely candle jars were inspired by Nichola Battilana.

Nicola used Kilner jars for her tutorial but, because I do a lot of pickling every autumn, I have a large box of these jars and it made sense to use these rather than buying the relatively expensive Kilner jars.  However, it looks quite nice to have a cluster of matching different sized jars.

Before starting this project I bought myself a Tonic Fairy Breena die, however the die cut was rather chunky and I did not like the way it looked in the jar, so I went on-line and ordered some Silhouettes fairies, this one was called Sitting Fairy.

I glued the Silhouette fairy to the inside of the jar and held it in place until it dried.  Next I coated the outside of the jar with Mod Podge and white tissue paper.  Once this was dry, I added glitter to the top and bottom edges of the jar, I added only a little glue to the centre of the jar, this was because I did not want to block out too much candle light.

I dropped a battery powered tea light into the jar before wrapping ribbon and white twine around the rim and putting on the lid.  I popped a little fairy charm onto the twine.

There is still time to add your projects to the current Crafty Boots Challenge.

Good luck.



  1. Oh my gosh, these are awesome Dionne!! I'm loving those fairies and the glow is really soft. Bet these look so amazing when the lights are down low. hugs :)

    1. To be honest, these photos do not really show them at their best, they are quite sparkly and the candles flicker.

      I am thinking of ordering some more of the Silhouette fairy shapes and some larger jars so I can make little groups as Christmas presents. Although I think they would also look nice around the garden at an evening BBQ.


  2. Oh my goodness, you made them and the look fabulous. I fell in love with these when I saw them and really want to given them a go. You have spurred me on to try!xx

  3. That's great, you really must make them. Once I had sorted out my fairy problem, they were so easy to make. I can't wait to see how they turn out.

    Dionne xx


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