The Scoop… on creating a handmade Christmas

I have the great honour of being one of the 25 bloggers bringing you…

The Scoop on Creating a Handmade Christmas.

Make sure you scroll to the end of this post to see the links to the other 24 creative bloggers.


The Scoop on Creaating a handmade Chhristmas Button


If you’ve been following along with my 4th annual Simply Christmas event you already know that handmade is my ‘thing’.

Simply Christmas runs for 8 weeks from 1st November through to Christmas Eve and celebrates putting the homemade and home baked back into the holidays.

So. . .  you have to know that I’m 100% behind this group of bloggers who are showing you how to create a handmade Christmas…. and you are spoilt for choice with 25 creative projects.


I’m sharing a super quick and easy candle jar that will look amazing when illuminated at night.


Shabby Art Boutique Christmas Township Candle Jar  - the scoop


One of the things I love most about handmade items is their uniqueness.

No one else will have exactly the same piece… even if they follow the exact same instructions.

This is definitely one of those projects.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • A clean empty jar. I used a medium sized coffee jar.
  • 1 piece of dark coloured scrapbook paper… mine was a charcoal grey.
  • Stationary supplies: paper, pencil, ruler, craft knife (or scalpel).
  • Santa Snow.
  • Epsom Salts and clear glue.
  • 1 x tea light candle.

Shabby Art Boutique Christmas Township candle jar


1. Start by measuring the circumference of your jar. Mine was 30cm, which is the width of a piece of scrapbook paper.

2. Determine how high you want your township to extend. My highest point is 9 cm high.

3. I sketched my township onto the paper, creating a skyline of several different houses and trees.

4. Cut out the silhouette with a sharp craft knife.

5. Allow an extra centimetre at one end to use as a tab to glue the two ends together.

6. I sprayed the top third of the jar with a light misting of Santa Snow. When it was dry, I applied a bead of clear glue around the top of the jar and sprinkled with Epsom Salts.

7. Place a tea light candle in the jar and then fill the remainder of the base around the candle with Epsom Salts.

8. Wrap your township silhouette around the outside of the jar and glue the two ends together.


Shabby Art Boutique Christmas Township Candle Jar 2


The amount of detail you include on this project is limited only by your imagination and your cutting skills.

I kept mine fairly simple as I needed to make quite a few of them. I‘m intending to use them on a long table for a casual dinner party.


If you’d like to see my many other handmade Christmas projects, please visit my ‘Tutorials’ page or scroll through my 2013 Simply Christmas posts on my HOME page.

Please visit the links below for more inspiration on creating a handmade Christmas.


Friday December 6

Saturday December 7 Sunday December 8
Monday December 9
Tuesday December 10


I’m sharing my Christmas Township Candle jar with these friends:

Inspiration Exchange, The DIY Dreamer, The Scoop, Project Inspired Transformation ThursdayFrench Country Cottage, The Vintage Farmhouse, Be Inspired Friday at Common Ground


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  1. I love it! It looks so pretty with the candle lit … like a little winter wonderland! Thanks for sharing the tutorial with us.

  2. Absolutely beautiful!

  3. Oh dear me, this is simply beautiful! Love the details you put into your silhouette township! The snow adds so much to it as well. Just lovely!

  4. Love this idea, how adorable and clever.
    Thanks for joining us on the tour!!

  5. Wow, it’s beautiful! I love the snowy glowy look when the candle is lit. :)

  6. What a lovely candle holder – it’s beautiful and so effective.
    Toni xx

  7. Kerryanne, your candle jar is amazing. I have not seen anything like this before. They will look amazing on your holiday table.

  8. Gorgeous and, oh, so Christmas-y! I will definitely have to try this. Thank you for sharing your beautiful idea!

  9. Botanic Bleu says:

    Love the silhouette! So many different possibilities for designs…you are so correct that each one will be unique to the maker.

    So glad to be on The Scoop tour with you,
    Merry Christmas,

  10. Kerryanne this is adorable I Love it!! You did a beautiful job!!

  11. I love this one…so pretty and so unique! The little town is the perfect touch! Thanks so much for sharing with us! Hugs…Debbie

  12. Kerryanne this is so cute! Love this idea!I love burning candles this time of the year and this can be left out all winter.

  13. This is so pretty, Kerryanne. I think I am going to make some of these — but I’ll be taking a shortcut and using my die cutter. I think this would be a great kid-friendly project, too.

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