With the end of the school year right around the corner, it’s time to start thinking of crafts that make perfect gifts. After all, there will be teacher gifts. And friend gifts. And of course the gifts that you take when you visit family on vacation. So this week I’ve been trying to come up with an idea that would be simple and elegant and perfect for any occasion. And oh, yeah – I wanted it to be something the kids could help with too!
Now, if you’ve followed me much since I discovered my love of crafting you know that my supply of choice is Mod Podge. I just love how a little bit of Mod Podge and some cool patterned papers can change something boring into something really amazing! And I’ll be honest, I happen to be on a candle kick right now. So when I saw some beautiful glass candle holders on sale at Michael’s, inspiration hit me. With a few packs of tissue paper, my trusty Mod Podge and the glass holders, the kids and I were able to create gifts that everyone will love! Here’s how you can make them too!
What You Will Need
Glass Candle Holders
How to Make It
Start by cleaning the outer surface of your glass with your rubbing alcohol and cotton balls. This helps give you an even surface and allows the Mod Podge to stick better.
Once your holders are prepared, spread on a thin coat of Mod Podge using your foam brush. **Tip: I found that it was easier to get the surface even if you covered about a third of the holder, smoothed on your tissue paper and allowed that portion to dry before doing the next third. This allowed me to create a cleaner look.**
Next, gently place your tissue paper onto your candle holder. Keep in mind that tissue paper is very fragile so do not try to pull it to smooth out wrinkles. Instead, use the base of your thumb to gently flatten out any bubbles or wrinkles.
Trim off any excess tissue paper, leaving just enough to fold over the bottom to give your candle a seamless look. Repeat this process for all your candle holders using different patterns of tissue paper. Once all your holders are complete, use your foam brush to gently add a layer of Mod Podge over the tissue paper. I chose to do this is two sections, top and bottom, so that I had more control over the process and didn’t have to worry about the edges sticking to my paper as they dried. Make sure you turn any edges under on the top and bottom of the candle holder and also secure the seam where your two sides meet.
After covering your entire candle with Mod Podge, allow it to dry completely. The Mod Podge will create a shiny barrier over the tissue paper and take away the look of wrinkles and bubbles. Once your candle holder is completely dry, place a candle inside of it.
The beauty of these candle holders is not only can they be made completely unique by choosing amazing patterns but with the thinness of the tissue paper, when you light your candle, the light reflects through the paper in a gentle glow, creating a look that is stunning!
So, don’t pay tons of money for candle holders that are less that individually you! Instead, get creative, find a pattern you love and then turn your plain candle holder into a spectacular centerpiece that provides the perfect look that you’re going for.