I LOVE glitter. My craft room is COVERED in it (I am too actually after this recent project). So when I came across a Glitter Challenge hosted by CSI Project Blog I knew I had to submit something.
I am going to give you all a quick tutorial on how to make your own Glitterfied Votive Candle Holders for any season/occasion/reason. All you need are 4 simple tools:
Sponge Paint Brush
Glass/Plastic votive holder. Mine are glass and I got them when they went on sale at Bath and Body Works for 50 cents! (Not the rapper.) But I've even used ones from the dollar store.
Don't you just love when you don't have to use a lot of stuff. Less is more in my book.
Also, BIG disclaimer: ONLY USE BATTERY OPERATED CANDLES. NO OPEN FLAME. IT WILL CATCH ON FIRE AND ANYTHING ELSE AROUND IT. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.
First step is to dip your sponge brush into the mod podge, like so (feel free to oo and ahh here):
Then swirl it around the INSIDE of the votive holder, making sure you are spreading it in EVEN, THIN layers. You don't need much, but do make sure you cover the entire area.
Next you want to add your glitter. I chose a fall color for mine; Martha Stewart in Fire Opal
Now comes the really tricky part. Trying to cover the entire area with glitter without it going EVERYWHERE (note: it will go everywhere regardless. It's glitter. That's what glitter does). I chose to use a piece of cardstock and held it tightly with one hand while the other held the votive.
I then shook it like crazy (whoa).
I missed a few spots, so with the extra glitter still in the votive holder I just rotated the glass very slowly to get all the spots I missed while shaking.
Then I tapped it (GENTLY, people! It's glass.) on the desk to get it all out (For those who are inexperienced in the art of glitter, make sure you do this on a piece of paper. You will see why in the next step)
Save the glitter! Pour it back in.
Allow the votive holder to dry for 24 hours (or at least overnight) and then apply a final coat of mod podge inside to seal it all up (or Krylon Clear Acrylic Coating spray..make sure you use masking tape or painters tape to cover the outside). Here is the final project. Voila:
The blue one is Martha Stewart in Feldspar made by my lovely assistant (who also took the photos for me) Lauren G. of Long Eared Designs (Check out her custom decorative trays for every decor. They're awesome!) Here's one she made me:
You can also add decorations as well to your glitterfied votive candle holders: ribbons, leafs, flowers, stickers, etc. The list is endless in decorating these. That's why I love this project so much.
Well, that's all folks! Hope you enjoyed and are inspired enough to make your own.
Did I mention this was my first tutorial?? I would love to hear what you think. Leave me a comment below! Check ya all on the flip side ;)
YAY!!! My very first!