Butterfly Candle Holders

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by Rachel Paxton - rachel@creativehomemaking.com

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 need:


  • Small glass candle holders
  • Butterfly wrapping paper
  • Yellow tissue paper
  • Decoupage
  • Cuticle scissors
  • Small paintbrush
  • Damp paper towel

You can buy whatever glass candle holders you like (or use someyou already have laying around). I bought mine at Walmart forabout $0.59. You could also find them at thrift stores or yardsales.

I chose butterflies for my design, but you could choose whateverdesign you'd like--maybe keeping in mind the tastes of the personyou're making them for. You can cut out pictures from anywhere,including calendars, greeting cards, magazines. Thin paperdecoupages best.

After you have some pictures in mind, use cuticle scissors (thekind you cut your fingernails with) to cut out the pictures. These scissors work best on small pictures and cut roundercorners than regular scissors. If you're not going to use thepictures right away, store them in ziploc bags.

You can buy decoupage at any craft store. It is normally foundwith the glue. It allows you to permanently affix a picture toanother object, giving the object an overall glossy effect.Make sure the glass you're working with is clean. Tear a pieceof tissue paper into small (approx. 1 inch) pieces. Using thepaint brush, brush some decoupage on to the back of one of thepieces of tissue paper. Position the tissue paper on the glassand then brush some more decoupage on top of it. Continue gluingon pieces of tissue paper, overlapping at the edges, until theentire candle holder is covered (including the bottom--set thecandle holder on its top to dry). Brush one last coat ofdecoupage over the entire candle holder. Use damp paper towel towipe off any excess decoupage.

After the decoupage has dried for about an hour (or more),position the butterflies (or other pictures) on top of the tissuepaper. First brush some decoupage on the backs of the picturesand place them on the glass. Brush another coat of decoupageover the entire glass and set the candle holder on its top to dryagain. After the decoupage has dried, add 2 or 3 more coats ofdecoupage 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 varietyof pictures for different themes. You could make these withholiday themes, like for Christmas or Easter. They also makegreat birthday presents, hostess gifts, or party favors. Theyare very easy to make and you can make several of them at onetime.

About Author

Rachel Paxton is a freelance writer and mom who is the author of What's for Dinner?, an e-cookbook containing more than 250 quick, easy dinner ideas. For recipes, tips to organize your home, homedecorating, crafts, and frugal family fun, visit CreativeHomemaking at http://www.creativehomemaking.com. Tosubscribe to their monthly newsletter send a blank e-mail messageto FreeRecipes-subscribe@egroups.com.

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