Home Craft: Decorative Candle Holders
How to make decorative candle holders yourself and add the perfect finishing touch to any room.
Candles are fast becoming one of the most popular decorative objects for the home. They come in a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes, and can add the perfect finishing touch to any room. Simple candles are relatively inexpensive, but finding the perfect holder to use as an accessory isn't always as easy. The fact is, you can make your own candleholders simply by gathering a small amount of materials - many of which you may already have on hand.
The first step in creating a candleholder is to determine what type or size of candle you wish to display. Pillar candles, large cylinders, are best displayed in a low glass dish or flowerpot (details to come). Votive candles, the small scented kinds, can be set into small drinking glasses. Taper candles, the kind you'd find on a dining room table, can be displayed in traditional glass holders that you have decorated.
Once you have selected your candle type, choose the holder you wish to create. Old pottery flowerpots or extra drinking glasses make the perfect display once retouched. Glass candleholders of traditional style can be revived with a little glass paint.
To create a basic candle holder, you should have 1)your holder, 2)paint or glass markers, 3)paintbrushes. Other finishing touches, such as stickers, decoupage, stickers, and rubber stamps can be added later.
For a simple flowerpot holder, choose a background color and paint the entire pot (pottery tends to absorb some of the color, so two coats are usually necessary). From there, use smaller paintbrushes to add detail - shapes, flowers, whatever you choose. If you'd like to add decoupage, choose a simple decoupage glue and items such as stickers or magazine cutouts and place these items in a collage style format on top of your paint job.
If you wish to work on a glass surface, markers or specialized paints designed for glass works best. They will leave a smoother finish and won't run. Markers work best for traditional taper candleholders because they have a finer point. The designs are up to you - if your holder has lots of angles, you may wish to use various colorful shapes just to add highlights to the holder. Or, if you'd like to add a bit of color to the room you are decorating, try covering the entire glass holder with a glass etching or stained glass spray - then add smaller details on top of that base.
Once you have created a few holders, you will notice that the possibilities for decorating with these items is virtually endless. You may want to take it to the next level by purchasing a candle making book and some candle wax...this will allow you to pour your own candles into your personal designed holders, making not only a nice addition to your home but a potential gift for friends.