There’s just something about Christmas and candlelight. Maybe it’s because the wavering light that comes from a flickering candle is magical…or maybe it’s because we all look so gorgeous in candlelight.. And when the candle holders are just as beautiful as the people in the room – then you’ve got a party!
I love the way these glass-etched votive candle holders turned out. They’re festive, so pretty and somewhat simple to make. Let’s get started
Supplies needed to make your own glass-etched votive candle holders:
- Glass Votive Candle Holder (I found mine at the Dollar Store)
- Armour Etch
- Painter’s Tape (for simple designs)
- Silhouette Cameo, Adhesive Vinyl and Transfer Paper (for more intricate stencil designs)
- Paint brush
- Tea Lights
- Rubber Gloves
- Drop cloth
I found these gorgeous square votive candle holders at the dollar store. They’re quite hefty – I was thrilled with my find!
On one of the votive candle holders, I did a simple diagonal stripe treatment using painter’s tape. The trick is to firmly smooth down the edges of the painter’s tape on the glass – you don’t want any etching cream to slip under the tape. Take the time and really press down the edges.
From adhesive vinyl, I cut out some snowflake silhouettes using my Silhouette Cameo. I used transfer paper to apply the vinyl to each side of the glass. Just like the painter’s tape, inspect all of the areas where Armour Etch will be applied and be sure that the stencil doesn’t have any gaps.
Causes severe burns which may not be immediately painful or visible.
This means that we don’t mess around with Armour Etch. We wear our gloves.
Put down a dropcloth and begin applying the Armour Etch to one side of the votive candle holder. Apply liberally, let the etching cream sit for approximately 8-10 minutes, then wash well in water (still wearing rubber gloves).
Painter’s tape doesn’t tolerate getting wet repeatedly. I applied etching cream to multiple sides of the votive candle holders at one time, let it sit for 8-10 minutes and then tried to be very careful while washing off the etching cream. I avoided getting water on the sides that hadn’t yet been etched.
And in its finished glory: the snowflake candle holder!
I really love to pour a bit of rice into the bottom of votive candle holders. The rice keeps the tealight (or votive, whatever size candle you choose) in place, and adds a slightly snowy effect to the candle holders. Plus, rice is nearly always handy in the pantry!
Wouldn’t these votive candle holders look so sweet wrapped up in cellophane and gifted to a hostess this holiday season? Or make a pair (or a trio – I love things in threes) and present them as a personalized gift!
And despite my warnings, don’t be afraid to use etching cream. Grab your gloves, your stencils and get started!