When my children were small, decorating jars was a fun activity that we would enjoy together to pass an afternoon and also create a centre piece for the Christmas table.
When they were small, glass paints and strings of beads were used, as they got older and more confident, a tray was used with a pretty jar in the centre to hold the candle, and then greenery was arranged all around. Some years the greenery was holly and conifer, other years herb srpigs were used. Sometimes an ornamental robin was used or a ribbon added.
Another idea to create a simple decorative candle holder is to use the peel of an orange or satsuma. Cut it into a shape, such as a star, with a hole for a string in and then pop it somewere to dry.
Once dry, thread the star (or stars) onto rafia or pretty ribbon and tie to your jar. You could also tie rosemary sprigs and or some cinnamon quills to it too, be creative.
Pop a tea light (or battery candle) into the jar, and you have a cute decoration.
If you make a decoration, I would love to see it. Please share an image, if you use instagram use #dawnwaterhouse so I can see it, or tag me @waterhouse.dawn
As always, when using your decoration, do not let it come in direct contact with the flame, and never leave a candle burning unsupervised. Also, pop a heat proof mat under your decoration when using it.