This DIY votive holder started with an inexpensive craft store find! I used paint, Mod Podge, and paper to give it a completely new life.
This little votive holder has been sitting around for awhile waiting for an idea, and when I saw Melody’s Homespun Chic line, everything quickly fell into place.
I believe the word is serendipitous – ah, I get my vocabulary points for the day.Here’s the “before” shot of said votive holder:
Yes, he was $14.99, and kept getting marked down. I got him for even less than $4.97. Poor little thing.
DIY Votive Holder
Here are the supplies you’ll need besides your surface:
- Mod Podge Gloss
- Melody Ross Homespun Chic Papers, Accents, Brads, Borders – whatever floats your boat
- FolkArt Acrylic – Lime Yellow (or other coordinating color)
- Design Master Spray Paint – Robin’s Egg (or other coordinating color)
- Flat Paintbrush
- Craft Glue
- Scissors or Craft Knife and Mat
Before beginning, I removed the little birdie on the front and sprayed with Design Master spray paint until covered.
I couldn’t take a photo of that because if I spray paint and try to photograph simultaneously, bad things happen. Okay, let’s start with cutting paper.
Paint your surface. I used FolkArt Lime Yellow, and just painted the edges given that the centers were going to be covered with paper.
PS – Do you see that scar on my hand? I burnt myself making brownies. This is why I’m a decoupager and not a baker.
Spread a medium layer of Mod Podge over your surface and apply the papers. Smooth!! Do it for several minutes with your hands or a brayer, until all of the air bubbles are removed.
Wipe away any excess Mod Podge that comes out the edges with your paintbrush. Allow to dry for 15 – 20 minutes.
Apply a coat of Mod Podge over the entire surface of your project. Allow to dry and the coat again. I did about three coats. Allow to dry.
I wanted to give the surface a little pizzazz, so I added this glittery border to the middle with Mod Podge, and then trimmed off the edges. You can’t tell from the picture, but it’s pretty sparkly. Allow the border to dry.
You are in the home stretch! All you need to do is add embellishments on the front of your surface, and you can use my finished project for suggestions.
I attached everything using craft glue, and then I set the surface aside to dry. Allow to dry for at least 24 hours before using.
What do you think of the color palette of my DIY votive holder? How would you change it or personalize it? Let me know in the comments!