Make a pretty twig votive

Revamp a glass jar with pieces of driftwood for a coastal-inspired votive, as chosen by Style at Home

Perfect for either a coastal or woodland look, this simple craft project takes less than an hour to complete and is a great way to transform an unwanted glass jar into a decorative votive. Why not use leftover pieces of driftwood to upcycle an uninspiring photo frame to continue the theme? Pop your tealight holder on a mantelpiece or coffee table for a rustic display.

twig votive candle

(Image credit: Future PLC/Simon Whitmore)

You will need:

Driftwood sticks, £4.25 for 250g, Homecrafts

Glue gun & glue sticks


Clear glass candle jar

Pillar candle

Step one

Take your pack of driftwood and sort out similar lengths of sticks to group together. You will need about 30 in total for a glass jar of this size. Set these aside. Avoid using sticks which have unsightly blemishes or marks (or make sure they face the glass), to ensure the end result is as neat as possible.

Step two

Lay a few sheets of newspaper on the table to protect the surface and switch the glue gun on. Once the glue has heated up, begin to stick the driftwood pieces on to the glass candle jar. Hold in place for a few seconds to make sure they are secure. Stick them on in a random order and at jaunty angles, and use as many or as few as you wish.

Step three

Contine to glue more driftwood sticks to the jar, overlapping the first layer. Repeat this until the jar is covered with two or three layers, or as desired. Place your pillar candle inside and display as part of a table setting or on the mantelpiece for a pretty autumnal look.

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Tamara was Ideal Home's Digital Editor before joining the Woman & Home team in 2022. She has spent the last 15 years working with the style teams at Country Homes & Interiors and Ideal Home, both now at Future PLC. It’s with these award wining interiors teams that she's honed her skills and passion for shopping, styling and writing. Tamara is always ahead of the curve when it comes to interiors trends – and is great at seeking out designer dupes on the high street.