I have a few dinner dates coming up and wanted to create a nice centrepiece for our dining table. I really wanted to experiment with making a decorated votive candle holder of some sort to place around a vase of pink gerberas. I took myself to Kmart and a $2 shop and found everything I needed…
Homemade Votive Candle Holders
- Mason Jars
- Tea light Candles
- Pearl Beads
- Skeleton Leaves (found with scrapbooking supplies)
- Doilies (paper or fabric)
- Glue (I used Clag)
- Start by cleaning the the jars and discard the lids
- Lay down newspaper on your workspace
- Cover leaves in glue and place on the outside of the jars, smoothing down and adding a layer of glue on top – it is up to you how many leaves to put on the jars
- Place tea light candle in the bottom of the jar and drop in pearl beads to surround the candle
- Let leaves dry
- Place finished jar on a doily
- *If you like, grab some ribbon or twine to wrap around the top*
You may notice that I completely covered one jar with the skeleton leaves and only used four on the other two jars. I decided I liked them better with fewer leaves, but feel free to create your own design. You might also like to try three leaves in a fan shape on one side of the jar (I think I will try this design next time!).
I chose to buy pink coloured tea light candles to match my pink gerberas, feel free to use any colours you like. Also, there are plenty of options for decorating the jars. You could use pieces of fabric (like Fellow Fellow) or any other paper cutouts or pre made scrapbooking materials you may come across. The same goes with the pearl beads – I chose pearls as I though it would go nicely with the general theme – but you can use anything; moon stones, sand, rice..anything! Get creative!
Tip: some tongs may help when arranging the beads around the candle.
Good luck! If you decide to make these, let me know how you go – and send photos!
P.S. If you are looking for more DIY ideas, check out the DIY tab at the top of the page. You might also like my post about homemade beauty products!