Christmas DIY: Glitter Candle Holder

Glitter-candle-holdersOne of my favourite ways to create ambience in space is you use candles, their warming, subtle glow makes them perfect for the festive season. Why not combine the atmospheric qualities of candles with the old christmas favourite, glitter! These sparkly candle holders are simple and inexpensive and make use of old glass jars.

What do I need?

  • Fine glitter (I used white to create a snowy effect)
  • An old candle which has burned out. This one is an old glade candle in a glass jar
  • PVA Glue
  • Butter Knife
  • Paint Brush or glue spreader
  • Something to catch the glitter like tuppawear or newspaper

How to I make it?

Candle-1+21. First of all, we need to remove the wax from the candle. Place the candle in the freezer for 2 hours or until frozen, this will help the wax come out more cleanly. Remove from the freezer and place on a flat surface, using your butter knife push around the edge of the candle and wax (image 1). Then push in to the middle of the wax and twist to crack in to small pieces (image 2). Once these have been thrown away, wash in warm water and soap to remove any remaning wax. If you are stuggling to remove any labels, peel of when the pot in in the warm water then wipe away any glue with a cotton pad and little nail polish remover.

Candle-3+42. Apply a small amount of the glue to base of the pot and spread around the sides using your paint brush or glue spreader. Here, I have used a little double sided tape to attach these stars to the sides (image 3). Then pour some of the glitter in to the bottom of the pot (image 4+5) and gently rotate and tip the pot to evenly distibute the glitter over the sides of the pot (image 6).

Candle-5+63. Leave of dry for 3 hours. Now you have a beautiful tea light holder to hold either the real candle or a batter operated one.

candle-holders-2I use mine around my bedroom to create a soothing effect but they would equally make a stylish addition to any christmas table setting. I would love to see your interpretations of this simple idea or hear about them in the comments.

Merry Christmas!

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