Learn how to decorate candle holders for your home or for gifts! You’ll find a lot of budget friendly ideas using a variety of materials. These are perfect home decor projects for beginners.
If you’re like me, you’re always looking for new ideas for how to decorate your home. I find that candle holders are one of the easiest ways to do just that! But did you know, it doesn’t have to be expensive or complicated?
This blog post will show you 35 different easy and inexpensive ways to decorate candle holders using items you probably already have sitting in your house. If you’re a beginning crafter, these projects will be great for you – especially because they’ll give you experience with a variety of craft materials on a relatively small surface.
Before we get into the projects, I wanted to give you a bit of information if you’re a newbie. If you want to scroll down to get the list, you can do that. Otherwise, I hope these tips help shorten the learning curve.
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Decorating a Candle Holder
Decorating a glass candle holder is relatively simple, but there are some tips you need to know – like where to buy, how to prep, and paint to use. I address those three things below.
Where to Buy
One thing I love about glass candle holders is that they can be found just about anywhere – and the first place to look is your recycling bin! A lot of people use jars (like pasta sauce, Oui yogurt, or jelly) as their base. You can remove the labels with these tips.
But if you don’t have anything in your recycle bin, you can also get your glass holders at Dollar Tree (or your local dollar store) or the thrift store/Goodwill. You might have to do some regular checking for new stock, but they show up frequently.
Of course a place that is always reliable for candle holders is the craft store. Check your local shop or Michaels, JoAnn, Hobby Lobby, etc. They’ll have something you can use. Be sure to check the $1 areas too for deals!
How to Prep
Before you do anything, prepare your glass. This step is crucial if you want the paint or Mod Podge to stick. Thoroughly wash in warm, soapy water to remove dirt, dust, and grease film. You can also use rubbing alcohol and cotton balls to do the same. Let your vessel dry before crafting.
Paints to Use
You’ll want to check out my post about painting on glass to get all the details, but typically I use spray paint, chalk paint, or glass paint (including multi-surface) on any candle holders.
These dyed wheat tea lights are a simple way to add a natural element to a space that is also festive and fun. They would also make a pretty holiday display on the table and would be a sweet gift to hand off to friends this season.
If you want to decorate candle holders and really make an impression, you can do it with spray paint and lace. These are very simple to make with a little bit of patience (use light coats of spray paint, several layers).
These DIY candlestick holders were made out of the most unexpected materials – baby crib parts! This is the perfect recycled project, and you can use this same fabric and paint method for any candle holders.
You won't believe how easy it is to turn glass candle holders into pretty fabulous decor using craft paint, Mod Podge, and some tissue paper scraps. This is really easy even if you've never Mod Podged before.
Learn how to make a birch candle holder using a real log! This would make a pretty home decoration or even a wedding or anniversary gift. It goes great with all sorts of decorating styles including outdoor, rustic, and farmhouse.
Jenny was inspired by memories of making faux-stained glass in elementary school when she came up with these fun little glass votive holders. This project is quick and easy, and a great way to whip up custom party decor on the cheap.
Do you want to make a luminary to accent your decor, but you want to keep the costs down? David does it with budget materials from the hardware store! You'll like his method for decorating them, which you can use on any candle holder.