I got all crafty again and tried to turn a few old vases into candle holders.
Nothing exploded, there were no hazardous fumes AND they actually turned out great.
Here’s what you need:
-any candle holder or vase, as long as it has a smooth, even surface
-Mod Podge, this is my favorite kit because it has everything you need. If you think you’ll be using Mod Podge more often I’d go for a larger container.
- Find a favorite photo and print it out on your vellum paper.
- 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.)
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Trim off any overriding edges.
- Set a candle in your vase and watch your photo glow.
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What a beautiful idea! Love these candles, thank you for posting them
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!
These look amazing!! I was trying to figure out the perfect gift for grandparents and this is perfect!! Thank you!!
Ashlee D. says
These look amazing! I’m a huge fan of anything that involves mod podge.
Oh my, this is gorgeous.
Thanks so much Heidi.
Very beautiful when lit. I think this will be a lovely Mother’s Day idea for us to make for the grandmothers. Well done.
I gave them to my mom and she loved them.
Lady Jennie says
You ARE crafty! You know, the vellum paper reminds me – my husband’s grandmother made lampshades out of that paper and pressed flowers and leaves. She pinned it together and stuck it on the wire holder. It was so pretty!
Oh how pretty, I don’t think I’m at the craft-level of a lampshade yet though.
These are so cool looking. I love them.
Thanks, I don’t often make things that turn out well so I was excited about these :).
Wow! That looks really breathtaking! How did you find out this great way of making these things? It’s some kind of art already. I cannot wait to make some really special candles with my nice graphics, thanks you so much for the inspiration!
Kathy at kissing the frog says
What a beautiful idea! I love it. This actually looks like something I might be able to do. And what a great gift idea, too! Thanks!
They are really easy, I promise. I made them for my mom and she loves them.
Oh Jess that is gorgeous! I love it!
Trish (Superlittletales) says