When you light a candle in this etched glass votive holder embellished with real evergreens you’ll bring a warm holiday glow to your mantle. I found the original idea of adding evergreens to a candle holder in a Facebook post and decided to give it a try. My version features an etched glass votive with PEACE stenciled in metallic paint to soften the glow of the candle. The original post was just photos – I’ve included stepped-out instructions and some tips on what worked, and what didn’t, to make the process a bit easier for you to recreate.
- Glass votive holder
- etchall® Etching Cream
- DecoArt® Dazzling Metallics® paint – Shimmering Silver
- DecoArt® Americana® Gloss Enamels® Reusable Stick-On Stencils™ – Inspiration
- Design Master® Tack 2000 Spray Adhesive
- Westcott® Titanium Bonded Scissors
- Tea light candle, or battery operated tea light candle
- Fresh evergreens
- Foam brush, fine paint brush
- Silver ribbon
- Coat outside of votive holder with etchall® etching cream. Let set 15 minutes.
- Use brush to return most of etching cream to the bottle. Rinse to remove remaining cream. Dry votive holder.
- Use stencil to paint “PEACE” with silver paint onto etched votive. Let dry.
- Break evergreens into small pieces. In a well ventilated area, spray with Tack 2000 spray.
- Place evergreens around votive surrounding PEACE. TIP – To help evergreens stick to the votive, I found it helpful to place a piece of parchment paper or a transparency over the evergreens and press with my hand until they stuck. Another word of advice – I thought I’d try using quick grab tacky glue to mount the evergreens – this did not work – the spray adhesive made it much easier.
- Trim bottoms of evergreens at base of votive. Insert candle and watch the peaceful glow among the evergreens. TIP – the fire danger is minimal since the evergreens are on the outside of the glass votive holder, however, if you want to be even safer, use a battery operated tea light candle instead of a real candle.
- BUT WAIT…. THERE’S MORE….. SO NOW FOR THE CRAFT FAIL PART…… I lit my candle