How To: Colorful DIY Wall Mounted Votive Set

Photo: Faith Towers

I live in a small 525 square foot condo, so free space is always hard to find. But one thing I do have a lot of is wall space. So I decided to create a small wall mounted shelf with a set of colorful votives on top. And now I’m sharing the super easy tutorial with you! Click through for instructions.   


Photo: Faith Towers

Fun, right? Originally I had planned to dip the votives in paint, but when I thought more about it, I realized that painting the color onto the glass and leaving the brushstrokes visible would look more organic and natural.  Continue Reading

Make It: Easy Faux Stained Glass Votive Holders

created at: 10/28/2012

Not only are these colorful glass votive holders stunning, they’re a cinch to make!     

All you need is some alcohol ink (available from craft stores) and some rubbing alcohol. After that, you can go to town experimenting with different techniques to create the effects you want! I love the splatter look that’s going on in this version from All Thumbs Crafts, don’t you? Beautiful!

How To: Make Frozen Ice Lanterns

created at: 10/28/2012

I woke up to the first snow of the season last week and couldn’t help but get a little excited for the magical, wintery days ahead. It’s still a bit warm to line the walks with these crystal-like beauties, but come December, you better believe I’m making a whole bunch of DIY ice lanterns!     

You only need two simple materials to make your own sculptural ice lanterns: balloons and, you guessed it, water. Check out what to do next over on Willow Day! Continue Reading

Make It: Lacy DIY Cement Candle Holders

created at: 06/25/2012

I know, I know. Cement and lace? These aren’t exactly materials you normally associate together, which makes this cool DIY project that much more intriguing (and a great jumping off point)!    

Using lace-patterned tape, Liz from Say Yes to Hoboken created these fabulous candle holders. It’s an interesting study in contrasts, don’t you think? What other materials or patterns do you think would be fun to try?

Check out the full tutorial over on Say Yes to Hoboken! Continue Reading

Halloween(-ish) Silhouette Votives

Now I love a Dwight pumpkin and fluttery bats as much as the next guy (assuming the next guy loves them A LOT) but I came across these fellows here and was practically overcome by their awesomeness.created on: 10/21/08 

They are vintage Carew Rice Tumblers, and their very lucky owner uses them to decorate for Halloween. A quick cherche around the internets got me nothing but the impression that I REALLY couldn’t afford to buy my own. Undeterred, I decided to hack a version, here’s the finished product

created on: 10/21/08

I used:

  • Some clean jars, (the smaller one is a baby food jar that’s been lurking around since we started making our own… I knew there was a reason it didn’t go straight to the recycling)
  • A few sheets of transparency paper
  • A printer
  • these silhouettes here
  • some clear tape

It’s not exactly rocket science, but what I did was print the images onto the transparency paper, cut them out, then stick them in place with a spot of tape. Continue Reading