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Recycled Jars and My Xyron Sticker Machine

July 23, 2013

Candle Holders From Recycled Jars

I had a few jars that I had been saving to transform into candle holders, and it seemed like the perfect time to use my new Xyron Sticker Machine.

I could have used decoupage medium for the book page strips, but I knew the strips would wrinkle and bubble.

I was also pretty sure I wouldn’t be able to keep it off of the glass parts I didn’t want it on.

The machine wasn’t difficult to figure out. Actually, it was quite an easy process. The biggest draw back for my cheap frugal mind was the amount of adhesive wasted each time things were sent through the machine. That’s just crazy! There is no way to adjust that either. With 18 foot rolls, that cost roughly $10 a roll, that’s just wrong!

For that reason, I only used the sticker machine for the book page strips and the die cut on the front.

The lace was attached with craft glue.

Salsa and taco sauce jars were used for these candle holders. Regardless of the adhesive waste, I kinda like the way they turned out.


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  1. Your jars are so terrific, love, love em’, love how you dressed them up. It’s great to take something that’s a throw away into something useful and pretty.
    I too keep glass jars quite often, if hubs doesn’t whisk them off to the recycle barrel. I especially like jars that have wider mouths, easier to get my hand in to put candle and whatever I put candle on in the jar. I like to use epsom salts in the jars.
    Glad to hear somebody else didn’t like the adhesive waste. I have a xyron 510 and have rarely used it due to cost of the adhesives, etc. I bought it at least in 2002 and once I got it home and used it realized it wasn’t going to be very practical unless I had money to burn going to town for gas and the product. I have a problem getting labels stuck to jars and end up making a mess with ModPodge, also not inexpensive, it’s just a glue for crying out loud. Happy creating, you do great job.

  2. Hey I recognize that lace! Did you use any of the jars I brought out to you? I could see these decorated with holiday themes….hearts, flowers, stars, pumpkins, trees….. 😉

  3. Hi Cyndee! Wow! These jars are too cute! You are such a creative lady! How do you remove all the glue from the jars before decorating them? I’m sure there’s an easy an non-chemical way to do this! You’ve inspired me to use me Xryon more often! Thanks for sharing! Blessings from Bama!

    1. @fcbama-I tried everything! The glue on these jars just didn’t want to give. Finally I used Goof Off. Yes, it’s a chemical, but absolutely nothing else was working.

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