I love recycling things I find around the house or next to the dumpster, and this time is not an exception. When we moved in the new house it was empty, but the previous renters forgot some wooden blocks that seemed made for votive candles.
They were like this
I took them to my craft room because they needed a makeover. The good thing about transforming little stuff is that it’s really quick and you don’t need lots of different materials. Some of the links you will find below are affiliate links for your convenience, you can read my full disclosure.
Here’s is what you need to make some votive candle holders
I started by painting the wood with white chalk paint. Here I used the DIY homemade recipe because I had run out of the commercial one. It has to be white because the napkin is so thin that you need a white base to show the napkin details. I gave it two coats for full coverage.
While it was drying, I took a napkin. They usually have three layers, and you have to remove the two that have no print and use the printed one.
I cut it to fit and kept the rest for future projects.
As paper napkins are so thin and delicate, I placed it on the block and made sure it was straight before adding any glue.
I found a trick some time ago that helps me when working with napkins. I use water to adhere the paper first, this way I hardly get air bubbles or wrinkles.
See? Almost perfect. Now it is time to use ModPodge to really glue the paper.
When it was dry I used a nail file to remove the little excess of paper both at the top and bottom.
Then I cut with my fingers the flowers. I prefer to do it this way instead that using scissors because it merges better.
I decoupaged all the flowers, and you can’t notice the white paper.
I loved it so much I thought I could make something else to match, and I went hunt to the craft room.
I found a tin that would work great for the idea I had in mind!
Again, I first used the chalk paint to paint it white.
I did the same process of the votive holder and while it was drying I design a label and cut it with my scallop scissors.
I glued it to the tin and wrapped some bobble fringe to have a coordinated tea light holder for my wooden votive
Love how it looks!
I placed them on my reading nook. I like they are handy for those moments I want to sit and relax.
Don’t you think they are pretty?
I hope I can inspire you to reuse what you have at home and make pretty things out of it. If you want to check other projects, you will find them at the Gallery.
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