The Scoop… on creating a handmade Christmas

Today I’ve joined 25 bloggers for ‘The Scoop on Creating a Handmade Christmas’.

I first used the Christmas township candle jars as a table decoration for a Christmas dinner party.

It is one of those projects that is super quick and easy, but gives spectacular results.


Get the free template and quick and easy tutorial for making the Christmas Township Candle Jar by Shabby Art Boutique. Looks amazing when illuminated at night. Use tealight candles, battery operated candles or battery operated bud lights.


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 every year at Shabby Art Boutique and celebrates putting the homemade and home baked back into the holidays.

With just basic supplies, you can makes these Christmas candle jars that look amazing when illuminated at night.


Get the free template and quick and easy tutorial for making the Christmas Township Candle Jar by Shabby Art Boutique. Looks amazing when illuminated at night. Use tealight candles, battery operated candles or battery operated bud lights.

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.

For your convenience, I have added affiliate links to some of the supplies I used.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • A clean empty jar. I’ve used coffee jars and mason jars.
  • 1 piece of dark coloured scrapbook paper… mine was a charcoal grey.
  • Template – download HERE
  • Other supplies: paper, pencil, ruler, craft knife (or scalpel).
  • Santa Snow.
  • Epsom Salts and clear glue.
  • 1 x light source – tea light candle, battery operated candle or battery operated fairy lights.

Note: Although I have a Silhouette machine, I chose to hand cut my townships and made different townships for all of my jars. If you have a cutting machine you may prefer to use that to cut the design for you.


The Original Christmas Township Candle Holder by Shabby Art Boutique.



1. Start by measuring the circumference of your jar. Mine was 30 cm, 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 (or use a Silhouette machine). Allow an extra centimetre at one end to use as a tab to glue the two ends together. Put the cut-out aside until you prepare the jar.

5. I sprayed the top third of the outside 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. This made it look icy.

6. Place a tea light candle or battery operated tea light candle in the base of the jar and then fill the remainder of the base around the candle with Epsom Salts. The Epsom Salts look like snow!

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


Get the free template and quick and easy tutorial for making the Christmas Township Candle Jar by Shabby Art Boutique. Looks amazing when illuminated at night. Use tealight candles, battery operated candles or battery operated bud lights.

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.

If you’d like to see more of my handmade Christmas projects, please visit my ‘Tutorials’ page.

[PIN for later]

Get the free template and quick and easy tutorial for making the Christmas Township Candle Jar by Shabby Art Boutique. Looks amazing when illuminated at night. Use tealight candles, battery operated candles or battery operated bud lights.


You may also like:
my hand painted Christmas Candle Jar

Painted Christmas Township Candle Jar by Shabby Art Boutique

or my Halloween Candle Jar tutorials.
Shabby Art Boutique - Halloween Candle Jar

Happy Christmas crafting,
Hugs – Kerryanne

I’d love for you to connect with me at:

Follow on Bloglovin.

If you’d like a private pass to all things ‘shabbilicious, sign up today for my fortnightly newsletter.
It contains personal stories, sneak peeks, recommendations, discounts and freebies.

These fun Christmas Tags are free to download for all Newsletter Subscribers.


Please join me for the 8th Annual Simply Christmas event on my blog
from 1st November to 24th December.

6d9f5e3859ce07f1b70c0b5429eee17bAdditional Note August 2016: Unfortunately, my old images from this post and the whole Christmas Township Candle Jar tutorial shown here were used without my permission by another website ( in 2014. I brought the breach of my copyright to their attention 2 years ago and asked them to remove the tutorial from their site. They did not!! I have had to fight this legally to finally have my copyright protected material and tutorial removed from their website and from Pinterest in 2016. If you pinned the old image and it has subsequently been removed by Pinterest, please feel free to PIN the real pinnable image shown above.

Please support handmade artists and crafters by NOT promoting and using unscrupulous websites that steal content, just so they can make money from advertising on their site. Thank you!


  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.

  14. dorothy says:

    Is there a pattern for the stencil.. I am not an artist and I could not draw that free hand. please help

    • Kerryanne says:

      Hi Dorothy, I have emailed you 🙂

      • Dorothy says:

        I received your email this a.m However I did not see anything different, am I in the wrong place. I thank you for taking the time to email me.. I have been trying different things for making a “township candle”..

        • Kerryanne says:

          Hi Dorothy,
          As I said in my email, I did not supply a pattern for this project. It is a freehand project meant as an inspiration to others to recreate something similar. I merely explain how I made mine and how you could create something similar. Everyone of the jars I created was individually drawn and hand cut, so no two are the same. I don’t have a pattern for this unfortunately… if I did I would send you one.

      • Hi can you please email me and how to get the stencil, as I am like Dorothy not very arty

        Kind Regards

        • Hi Mary,
          If you follow the link in the post, it takes you to the new post with the template for the township.
          Have fun making the candle jar. 🙂

          • Dawn Schwalm says:

            Can you please send me the template thank you so much

          • Hi Dawn, look for the red writing on this blog post where it says “Get template and instructions HERE”. If you click that, it will take you to the page where the template is and there are instructions on how to download it to your own computer.

      • I would love the template for this candle as well, I am definatly not that talented 🙂

  15. Hi,
    Do you have any ideas on where I could get the glass jars like this? I am trying to get several of them (20 or so) for this project, but the only thing I can find are the mason jars. I much prefer the shape and size of your jar. Do you have a source that I could try?

  16. This is really beautiful. Thank you for sharing it. I’ll be adding it to my board ‘My handmade Christmas’.

  17. Cindy MCGhee says:

    Hi just love your stuff, you do beautiful work and are very sweet to share your ideas, my question is the only jars I can find where I live, which is Houston,Tx. are the mason canning jars, and they have the logo on them which will interfere with the city scape, do you have any idea of what other kind of jars I could use. thanx Cindy

    • Kerryanne says:

      Hi Cindy,

      I used empty Mocona coffee jars, but I live in Australia, so you may not have that brand in the states. Any empty glass jar will be okay eg jam jar, peanut butter. I just recycle our used jars 🙂

      • Cindy Mcghee says:

        Hello again, can you tell me what size jar did you use. like a 32oz or bigger or smaller, I know any size can be used, but really the size that you used is perfect. Thanx once again Texas gal Cindy

    • Hi Cindy!

      I’m also from Houston, Tx. Try checking out Dollar Tree! They sell a lot of different types of jars and glass vases and I’m sure you can find a size that you want. Another thing I like to do is re-using spaghetti sauce or pickle jars. Those are usually smooth and a pretty decent size! Hope that helps 🙂


  18. Bonjour,

    J’ai un problème, quand je vaporise mon pot avec la neige artificiel, cette dernière ne tient pas sur le pot et glisse, elle ne xe fixe
    Avez vous une technique pour qu’elle adhere au pot.



    • Kerryanne says:

      Clodhy , sonne comme vous ne l’avez pas nettoyé le verre correctement . Si le verre est propre ( pas grasse ) les bâtons de neige . Si frotté il sera supprimé , mais résiste à utiliser si la neige ne soit pas trop touché .
      Espérons que cela aide 🙂

  19. Does the snow come off when touched? I was wondering how it would hold up being wrapped for a Christmas gift.

    • Kerryanne says:

      Hi Mindy,
      The snow is exactly as it is if you used it on your windows. It will easily wipe off, so probably not good for postage. I’ve found that the jars I made last year have hardened somewhat with time, but I do remember the snow was soft when I made them. This year I’ve put handles on mine so they are easy to move around and it is not necessary to touch the snowy top.
      Hope this helps 🙂

  20. Suzanne Cox says:

    The township is just awsome. I can hardly wait to make it

  21. Dear Kerryanne,
    I have pin this awesome clandleproject some time ago. This month i am gonna make it.
    Tanks for sharing. Greetings from Holland. José Hummeling.

  22. Hi Kerryanne! One question about the construction of this beautiful jar–do you spray the inside or the outside with the Santa Snow? I couldn’t tell from the pictures, though other comments about adding some kind of handle so the snow is not disturbed when moving it leads me to think it is sprayed on the outside. Is that a correct assumption? Thanks for this fantastic idea! Yours looks so homey and pretty. 🙂

  23. I’m assuming you sprayed the outside of the jar with snow , but if this is true how do you keep it from coming off? If inside does it burn ?

  24. hi! This is absolutely beautiful! I was hoping to make them soon, but I have one question! This may sound stupid as hell! But do you spray the inside or outside of the jar with the snow spray? I know you have to glue the paper cut out township on the outside, but I’m a tad confused about the snow! Haha forgive me if I sound like an idiot!

    Thanks! Xx

    • Hi Hollie,
      You spray the outside of the jar with the Santa Snow. If you pop over to my home page, yesterdays post gives more details about making this project.
      Happy crafting,

  25. This s awsome. I Have been looking for some handmade decorations. And this is something im definitely goin to try:) Thankyou:)

  26. Brenda Meadows says:

    I would love to have the link for the stencil for the town as well please… I am not an artist, and want to make this for a special occasion …several tables… also I was wondering if you used a flameless candle if you could spray the snow on the inside to keep from messing it up….
    I have to use electric candles for this event not allowed to use real candles.. This is coming up very soon and I don’t have much time to make 20 + of them so as soon as I can have the information the better and I really appreciate all your help!
    Thank You!

    • Hi Brenda,
      The link to the new post with the template is in this post. Hope you enjoy making the township candle jar 🙂

  27. You are such a talented and generous person Kerryanne. Thanks so much for sharing the template and how-to’s, think there will be township candle jars all over America and other parts of world this year. I have some big pickle jars so would like to enlarge templates to put in one of them anyway. Not sure how many I can get done before the holiday. Hope I can figure out how to enlarge, help daughter, I’m terrible digitally challenged, Good thing we have technology smart daughter. Somehow I missed all your wonderful holiday creations last year. I tried to resubscribe but the page told me I already am, hope I can get your posts regularly. I so enjoy seeing how you come up with so many outstanding projects. I’m a senior (74) citizen that loves to create. Keeps me busy and out of trouble, not enuf hours in any day. Keeps hubs hopping also making things, cutting things out for me.
    Hope you have wonderful holidays and again thank you so much.

  28. Amazing blog! Following you! <3

  29. This is brilliant for those Like me who are challenged when it be nice if you could actually sell the paper products premade online so we could just glue them to our candle jar??:-)

  30. It’s so adorable Kerryanne, and I would love to make my version of it, and if I do, I’ll come back to show it to you, ok?

    Thank you for this beautiful diy.

    • Kerryanne says:

      I hope you do Regina. I have a link party every Friday and we’d love to see your version of the Christmas township candle jar.

  31. Ian Coope says:

    Hi Just to say thanks for this great Idea and the kids loved the activity. One for the big scrap book.

    Many Thanks


  32. great idea will try thankyou

  33. Thank you for sharing this tutorial. I work with a wonderful group of people who have special needs, and with some slight modifications this has been a great Christmas art project for us. Holly.

  34. would you share your template with me? I love this idea. Thanks

    • Hi Lisa, the template is available on my blog… the link is in this blog post. Have fun creating this project 🙂

  35. Suzan Cressman says:

    Very pretty and would love to make this for the holidays. Could you please link to the template for the village. I would soooo appreciate it.

    • Hi Suzan, the link to the template is already on the post written in red. Just click on the word ‘HERE’ and it will take you to the page with the template.

  36. If you used a preserving jar you could also include a top stencil of the night sky with perhaps the moon, stars and a few angels. You could use a taller candle or the tea lights.

  37. Hi , if I don’t have santa snow , can we replace it ?

  38. Dominique Rose says:

    Thank you so much for sharing the “recipe” for the xmas jar… it just looks fabulous. I don’t know if I can find epsom salts here in Luxembourg (Europe), but I will look for it. Best wishes, Dominique

  39. Dr Monica Gala says:

    Thanks for sharing this. Inspired by your work, I repurposed a lamp with Mumbai city silhouette. It turned out to be excellent. Unable to upload the pic. Thanks a ton!

  40. Angela Howard says:

    Thank you so much for sharing! I can’t wait to make one. I absolutely love it and I know it will be adorable.

  41. It’s so great!I love it:)

  42. Beautifull great idea for Christmas

  43. GÜLDEN YÜKSEL says:

    bu harika bayıldım ellerinize sağlık

  44. Hi!
    I loved these jars so I made them as Christmas gifts for my family. However I did not realize the Santa snow would wipe right off. Do you know of any clear coat spray I could use to make it stay? I’m really hoping to find something so I’m able to give these gifts and not have to get rid of them after the time and money I spent on them.


  45. Louise DeTurris says:

    LOVE THIS… Can I buy the silhoutte or completed jars from you? The jars are beautiful!!!
    I do not have steady hands… Thank-you for this post

  46. marie powell says:

    Thanks for your idea, love to try this christmas, as I have lots of jars and never know what to do with them.

  47. Love the look of this is there a wy for me to get a email of the township sent to my computer ?. I use mostly a tablet like now,and I can’t find a wayto email from your site or to download to print it out. Want to make for my thanksgiving and xmas dinner next month.. thank you for your help and great ideas new too. Ernie

  48. the jars look great!! thanks! – i am going to give this a go!!

  49. Ulla Komi says:

    Kiitos, onpa kaunis.

  50. Thank you Kerryanne for the nice Tutorial
    Greetings from Mari

  51. Thank you for sharing your creativity! What a cute way to repurpose a jar! You are an inspiration!

  52. Thank you Kerryanne to share your beautiful template with us. I made a Christmas candle jar and my husband was very impressed. I told him the idea was not mine but yours 🙂 Next year I will make some more and also some for Halloween.

  53. I love this! Thank you for the template and the directions

  54. My boss just returned from a safari in Africa, caught your mason jar town and I am looking for a scene to make one for him for remembrance. Absolutely beautiful!

  55. Thank you for allowing the use of your photos on pinterest linking back to this post!

  56. OMG I AM SO IN LOVE WITH YOUR BLOG! I Just found you through Victoria from HomeBNC. I decided to browse and became a fan immediately! I just signed up and hope we can be great friends! I love what you do! I have been a sewer for many years, as well as a woodworker, mom, grandma, major crafter, love home design and renovations..etc. etc. etc. I just can’t get enough of it…it is my whole life! I appreciate just about anything that goes into a home including the inside and out. Unfortunately age gets ahold of us and limits us but I keep going and going the best I can. 🙃 I am getting a new sewing machine for Christmas and can’t wait to put it to good use with 960 stitches! Anyway just thought I would share a bit and again…love your blog and hope to use much of it! Happy Holidays!

  57. Hello,
    I am wondering if you have this in a different template? I’m trying to upload it to my cricut and i can not because it is a PDF file. This is amazing and i hope to be able to cut it! Thank you!

    • Kerryanne says:

      Hi Bekah,
      This was a hands on project I made with a craft knife and I never intended to share it when I was making it… so no, I do not have an alternative template unfortunately.


  1. […] Image Credit: […]

  2. […] behavazott mécsestartó, melyet egy nagyobbacska befőttes üvegből is elkészíthetünk! Forrás Boros poharakba rendezett díszek, és egy mécses, melynek virágkötő drótból hajlíthatunk […]

  3. […] behavazott mécsestartó, melyet egy nagyobbacska befőttes üvegből is elkészíthetünk! Forrás Boros poharakba rendezett díszek, és egy mécses, melynek virágkötő drótból hajlíthatunk […]

  4. […] Christmas Township Candle Jar from Shabby Art […]

  5. […] Christmas township candle jar – This is a really simple project and the kids will love designing their own town skyline. […]

  6. […] Jag hittade den här fina idén på Pinterest, och tänkte att den måste jag pröva. […]

  7. […] am going to try making this Christmas scene in a jar. Personally I think it looks great and the tutorial is very straightforward. All you need is […]

  8. […] This is the tutorial we used!  Christmas Township. Haha. I like that. […]

  9. […] 1. DIY Christmas Township Candle Jar […]

  10. […] stunning candle project at is simply amazing!! Complete with fake snow, this icy display is a perfect addition to you Christmas […]

  11. […] 04 Sock Snowman by LoveThisPick, 05. Dip Mix Ornament by BubblyNatureCreations, 06. Magic jar by Shabby art boutique, 07. Felt christmas tree by This heart of mine, 08. Paper snowflake pattern by Sweet […]

  12. […] can find the complete instructions HERE on Shabby Art […]

  13. […] Silhouette Christmas Town Mason Jars by Shabby Art Boutique – gorgeous, and great for older children to create!  You could work on patterning and symmetry as well. […]

  14. […] 6. Christmas township candle jar […]

  15. […] loved this idea from Shabby Art Boutique. On a piece of black construction paper, you or your child can sketch out a panorama of a small […]

  16. […] Těch svíček, co jsme vypálili, děti mermomocí chtěly svítit i ve dne. Ještěže se brzy stmívalo. Návod na zavařovačkovou lampičku s městečkem zde. […]

  17. […] Un photophore personnalisé! comment faire, c’est par ici .  […]

  18. […] Find the tutorial to make one of these outstanding jar crafts at SHABBY ART BOUTIQUE. […]

  19. […] Tutorial via Shabby Art Boutique. […]

  20. […] Christmas Township Candle Jar by Shabby Art Boutique […]

  21. […] Christmas Township Candle Jar by Shabby Art Boutique […]

  22. […] Christmas Township Candle Jar, Birdseed Ornament, Night Before Christmas Box […]

  23. […] Township Candle in a Jar: I am so ready to make this little lit up town in a jar! It makes me feel all warm and cozy just […]

  24. […] El tutorial de la vela de Halloween lo hemos sacado de aquí y el del tarro de navidad nevado de aquí […]

  25. […] are many of these on Pinterest, but I believe the original was done over at the beautiful Shabby Art Boutique. I used a different scene scape and slightly different fake snow, but the overall idea is […]

  26. […] Se flere billeder og skabeloner på denne fine hjemmeside – […]

  27. […] Christmas Township Candle Jar by Shabby Art Boutique […]

  28. […] Christmas Township Candle Jar via ShabbyArtBoutique […]

  29. […] you own little winter wonderland candle with this tutorial from Shabby Art Boutique. You can make the candle as unique a you want by getting a little […]

  30. […] this craft (and the picture, as I haven’t had an opportunity to make my own yet!) is from here. Another reason to love Pinterest – it introduces us to interesting and talented bloggers you […]

  31. […] >> How to Make a Township Glass Jar << […]

  32. […] Illuminate your Christmas decorating with this easy to make township candle jar. Get the tutorial via shabbyartboutique. […]

  33. […] Zdroj / Vianočný zasnežený svietnik: shabbyartboutique […]

  34. […] Christmas Township Candle Jar by Shabby Art Boutique […]

  35. […] The Scoop… on creating a handmade Christmas […]

  36. Winter-Windlicht

    Das mit dem Scherenschnitt muss ich noch üben,:) aber gestern habe ich ein Winter-Windlicht gebastelt. Ich habe hier ein Windlicht genommen, eigentlich gehen auch Einweckgläser. Man benötigt Schneespray, Geduld beim ausschneiden des Sch

  37. […] Christmas Township Candle Jar by Shabby Art […]

  38. […] Get the tutorial via shabbyartboutique. […]

  39. […] Aquí tenéis el maravilloso tutorial […]

  40. […] la création de photophore je me suis inspirée sur Pinterest. Sur le blog tu trouveras la fiche du village à télécharger. Je trouve ce photophore très joli et les […]

  41. […] Christmas Township Candle Jar from Shabby Art Boutique […]

Speak Your Mind