Butterfly Candle Holders
Butterfly candle holders are easy to make and a great gift
idea. The materials are very inexpensive, and you can use your
imagination for a variety of designs. To get started, you will
Small glass candle holders
Butterfly wrapping paper
Yellow tissue paper
Damp paper towel
You can buy whatever glass candle holders you like (or use
some you already have laying around). I bought mine at Walmart
for about $0.59. You could also find them at thrift stores or
I chose butterflies for my design, but you could choose
whatever design you'd like--maybe keeping in mind the tastes of
the person you're making them for. You can cut out pictures from
anywhere, including calendars, greeting cards, magazines. Thin
paper decoupages best.
After you have some pictures in mind, use cuticle scissors
(the kind you cut your fingernails with) to cut out the pictures.
These scissors work best on small pictures and cut rounder
corners than regular scissors. If you're not going to use the
pictures right away, store them in ziploc bags.
You can buy decoupage at any craft store. It is normally found
with the glue. It allows you to permanently affix a picture to
another object, giving the object an overall glossy effect. Make
sure the glass you're working with is clean. Tear a piece of
tissue paper into small (approx. 1 inch) pieces. Using the paint
brush, brush some decoupage on to the back of one of the pieces
of tissue paper. Position the tissue paper on the glass and then
brush some more decoupage on top of it. Continue gluing on pieces
of tissue paper, overlapping at the edges, until the entire
candle holder is covered (including the bottom--set the candle
holder on its top to dry). Brush one last coat of decoupage over
the entire candle holder. Use damp paper towel to wipe off any
After the decoupage has dried for about an hour (or more),
position the butterflies (or other pictures) on top of the tissue
paper. First brush some decoupage on the backs of the pictures
and place them on the glass. Brush another coat of decoupage over
the entire glass and set the candle holder on its top to dry
again. After the decoupage has dried, add 2 or 3 more coats of
decoupage after each coat has dried.
That's it! These candle holders are only limited by your
imagination. Use different colors of tissue paper and a variety
of pictures for different themes. You could make these with
holiday themes, like for Christmas or Easter. They also make
great birthday presents, hostess gifts, or party favors. They are
very easy to make and you can make several of them at one
Photo of completed project:
Rachel Paxton is a freelance writer and mom of four. For
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