Over at Hammer Like a Girl, we usually try to use materials that have been cast off, scrounged, or salvaged. So when we first were planning this DIY votives project, we thought it would be a great idea to use cut-off bottles. You've all seen the technique online – soak string in acetone, wrap it around a bottle, light it on fire,
turn turn turn to get an even burn and when the flame starts to die down, dunk it ice water, and the bottle breaks where the string was, essentially turning a bottle into a glass. It sounds so cool (and easy). We went out and bought acetone, dug in our recycling bins and went to work. Maybe we were doing something wrong, but for the life of us, we could not get a nice clean break. The edges were jaggedy, like something you'd see in a bar fight. So with singed arm hair, we went to the Goodwill, where we bought 3 glasses for $.69/each instead. Here's some instructions – not how to singe your arm hair – but for making unique decoupage votive candle holders.
You will need:
- Drinking glasses, preferably with straight sides
- Ephemera of your choice – we used an old poetry book, a fiction magazine, and old postage stamps
- Antique Matte Mod Podge
- X-Acto knife
- Fine sand paper (220 grit)
- Bottle for holding the glass while decoupaging
First find some clear drinking glasses – the straighter the sides the better. We lucked out at Goodwill and found a large, a medium, and a small glass, making a perfect little varied size “set”.
Select some of your favorite papers to cover your votive holders. Old wrapping paper, books, magazines, craft paper work great. We used an old poetry book, stamp collection and a literary magazine from 1954 (with a great orange advertisement for whiskey).
Cut the paper so it is slightly larger than the glass. The paper should hang over the top and bottom edges. If the paper is too small to go all the way around the glass, that's ok, you can just piece another paper over the top and cover the gap.
Spread Mod Podge onto the back of the paper.
Trim the excess paper off the top by using an X-Acto knife. Gently poke the blade through the paper and using the edge of the glass as a guide, trim off excess paper.
There you go! A simple project (if you skip the part where you light
your arm hair a string on fire) that has some fun effects when you place lit candles inside. You can customize and use your favorite pattern papers, kids drawings, etc…