This article will show you how to create the look of a distinctive stained glass votive holder shade, easily and inexpensively.
- Straight-sided clear glass votive holder
- Craft markers (various colors)
- Hole punch
- Decorative string
- Embossing powder (your choice of color)
- Ink pad
- Embossing heat tool
- Ruler (or tape measure)
Note: Most of these items can be found in your local craft store in the Scrap booking/Stamping section.
VOILE! A one-of-a-kind votive shade that was fun and inexpensive to make!
- Measure the height and circumference of your glass votive holder, and use these measurements to cut out a piece of vellum. Make sure the vellum doesn't extend past the top of the votive holder because it increases the risk of a fire hazard.
- After you have planned your design with your stamp(s), stamp the design onto the vellum with the ink. At this point the design will be clear.
- Next, sprinkle the embossing powder onto the stamped design. Turn the vellum upright and make sure any stray powder has been shaken off. Also make sure that the whole design has been completely covered in powder. You'll be able to see this because the embossing powder will stick to the design that you stamped with the inkpad.
- Heat the powder with the embossing heat tool. Be careful because it can get extremely hot! You will now have a beautiful raised design of the stamp you chose! Allow it to cool for 1-2 minutes.
- Now you can simply color inside of the design on the opposite side of the vellum. Darker colors look better as they give a bolder appearance after the candle is lit. Allow to dry for about 5 minutes or the colors may smear.
- Finally, use the hole punch to place holes in the center of the shortest sides of the vellum. Run the string through the holes and tie around the votive holder!
About the author:
Michelle Gauthier owns and runs Expressive Candles.com, which offers hand poured scented candles and shaped tarts. She has also written other candle decorating articles, tips, and candlescaping articles.
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