December 15, 2012

DIY: Colorfully Painted Votives

Day 2 of "The 12 Days of DIY"! The holidays are coming (well Hanukkah is over) and there are some exciting projects to come. Including delicious homemade caramel corn which I may or may not be eating and also may or may not be all over my keyboard. Today's project is colorfully painted votives. If you have glass candle votives, this is a great way to update them with a somewhat-translucent, handmade look. These are great for year-round parties—but would be cute in red and green for a holiday party.

  • Glass candle votives
  • Elmer's glue
  • Food coloring gel (shocker alert!)
  • Paint brush

You'll notice I used food coloring as opposed to paint. Many paints are too thick, so you won't get that great, translucent look. And food coloring gel is very easy to mix. Mix about a tablespoon of Elmer's glue (depending on the candle size) with a small dot of your food coloring gel of choice. You can mix and match for desired color effect. Then, take a paint brush and paint on the colors in anyway you'd like. Light 'em up and enjoy!

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