For this month’s Thrift Store Décor Challenge, I put together a simple jelly jar centerpiece for Christmas using found items and a few things from the dollar store. I’m usually way ahead on these projects, but truth be told I was running close to the deadline with this project. Maybe I should start next month’s project tomorrow?
Do you have extra jelly jars?
Let’s see how this Christmas centerpiece using jelly jars came to be . . .
I have a corner in the shed designated for thrift store finds. These jelly jars were originally given to me by my daughter Jamie. They were in a pile in the garage until I recently reorganized my wood shop. During that week I also cleaned out and painted the shed. You can see other items just waiting for their big day!
And an old sewing machine drawer?
Did you notice this small sewing drawer next to the jelly jars? It had been about a foot away but I moved it over by the jelly jars when I took that other picture. The only thing I did to the little drawer was clean it.
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Gather some Dollar Store Items
After washing the yucky jelly jars I gathered my supplies. I had picked up some beaded necklaces and battery operated tea light candles at the Dollar Tree.
Initially I tried using the beaded necklaces whole, but the battery operated candles didn’t sit very well. I used scissors to randomly cut the beads apart. Sometimes as few as 3, other times as many as 5 beads letting them fall into the jar. I used four strands of beads to fill each jelly jar (you can buy them on Amazon).
Then you have a great Jelly Jar Centerpiece
I had originally tested five jelly jars for the centerpiece, but then tried only four of them. The picks are from the Dollar Tree.
I added a fifth jar and another pick and I love it! I chose gold tea light candles, but white would look nice too.
If you don’t have a small sewing drawer, you could easily make your own small drawer.
I wouldn’t recommend using real candles with these small plastic beads. NOTE: keep the small beads away from children. I love the simplicity of this Christmas centerpiece. It would be easy to change it up for other holidays. If you don’t have any jelly jars, you can probably find some small jars at the dollar store. I like the cut glass on these jelly jars.
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Now it’s time to see what the rest of the team made. Please check out their awesome projects below.
Domestically Speaking Christmas Décor Basket
My Repurposed Life Jelly Jar Centerpiece
Petticoat Junktion Confetti Furniture Project
Refresh Restyle Farmhouse Advent Calendar
My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia Turn a Sweater Into a Pillow
What thrift store items have you worked on lately?
Hi, there! I’m Gail, the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. I’m obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believe that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again—myself included! I hope you’ll enjoy the journey and pick up a few tools along the way… literally!
Cynthia Chilson Finger
Very pretty centerpiece, Gail. And look how much extra space you have in your storage shed now! 😀 Thanks for sharing, Cynthia
Thank you!!! It's great to have my shed back to store projects in waiting. 🙂
Pretty Centerpiece 🙂 I love using the battery operated tealights. Real candles make me nervous.
So festive - great idea with the beads!
This turned out so pretty, what a great centerpiece!