Monday, January 16, 2012

pinteresting: picture perfect votive candle holder for under 3 bucks

I normally can't afford Christmas presents for friends, but this year I saw a picture of these candle holders and went on a mission to figure out how to make them. I never found directions that work, so I went with how I thought it would work best. Each one costs about $2.50-$3.00, depending on what you already have laying around the house.

Here's how to do it, followed by the ones I made for my friends!

What you need:
  • Cylinder-shaped vase/votive holders from the Dollar Store ($1)
  • Candle to put inside, either about 2.5 inches high, or a tealight, depending on your preference. (Under $1)
  • Vellum paper (under 50 cents)
  • Ribbon [I recommend velvet ribbon, half inch or smaller in width]
  • Double sided tape [in the pictures mine was thicker, but I recommend the super thin type]
  • Hot glue and gun
How to make it pretty:
  1. Print out a picture onto the vellum paper in black and white. [I also added a little extra contrast so it really stood out]
  2. Measure it against the vase and trim the top/bottom appropriately. You'll want a little extra room at the top and bottom of the vase.
  3. Put the tape around the top and bottom of the vase, not taking off both sticky sides until you're ready to apply the picture.
  4. Line up the picture as straight as possible and wrap around the vase. When you're sure it's straight, roll on a flat surface to make sure it's on good.
  5. At the end of the wrap, seal with either hot glue and ribbon, or double sided tape.
  6. Wrap top and bottom of vase with ribbon/hot glue. This will conceal any uneven cuts/wraps.
  7. Put a candle in and smile!
It's not the highest-class thing you'll ever make, but it's cute, and it looks great as long as no one is inspecting it. Best part: You can make MULTIPLE for super cheap.

Have fun! and if you make it, I wanna see the pictures of yours!


1 comment:

Mike said...

Hi!!! Eliza....your blog is very beautiful & informative too...keep blogging... :)
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