Sometimes I’m almost crafty

I got all crafty again and tried to turn a few old vases into candle holders.

In summary:

Nothing exploded, there were no hazardous fumes AND they actually turned out great.

DIY photo candle holder

Here’s what you need:

-any candle holder or vase, as long as it has a smooth, even surface

-two sided tape or Mod Podge

-vellum paper

  1. Find a favorite photo and print it out on your vellum paper.
  2. Make sure to size your photo to fit on your vase before printing. (I used a vase that was about 6 inches tall so printing on an 8.5 x 11 photo sheet was fine as long as I had space above or below the photo that I didn’t mind removing.)
  3. Print your photo onto vellum using your printer setting for thick or cardstock paper. Changing your photo to black and white or sepia seems to yield the best results.
  4. If you use very thin vellum you can apply Mod Podge directly to your vase in a thin layer and then attach your photo, following it around the vase to avoid seams or bubbles.
  5. If you use a thicker vellum, two-sided tape works best. Apply the tape to the bottom and top rims of the vase and in a vertical line along the length of the vase where the ends of the photo will meet. Adhere the photo directly to the vase, smoothing it around the vase to cover it completely.
  6. Trim off any overriding edges.
  7. Set a candle in your vase and watch your photo glow.


If you’re looking for some writing instead of some crafting you can read my post about autism and friendship at Childswork or the post I wrote for Still Standing on what every grieving parent needs or you can visit me over at SheKnows for a list of some great upcoming fundraising walks.



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  1. Elaine says

    These are gorgeous! What type of printer do you have laser or inkjet and what weight of vellum did you use.

    Thanks for the lovely post!

  2. Danielle says

    These look amazing!! I was trying to figure out the perfect gift for grandparents and this is perfect!! Thank you!!

  3. Nelly says

    Very beautiful when lit. I think this will be a lovely Mother’s Day idea for us to make for the grandmothers. Well done.