Thursday, July 21, 2011

Voi·là Votives

For this little project, it was important to allow adequate dry time as well as light these babies at the perfect time for maximum effect. Therefore, this is a late night post. This is so easy and cheap; two of my favorite things when it comes to crafting. You might even be able to scrounge these supplies up from around your house. Enjoy!

For this project you need the following:
  • Spray paint (I used an ivory and a champagne metallic)
  • Baby food jars
  • Doily
  • Mod Podge or Elmers Glue
  • Paint brush

I have three different techniques. Pick your favorite or try all three.  Leave a comment below if you have a favorite because I can't decide.

Option 1:  For this technique, you will simply tape the doily on the jar and use the spray paint to cover the holes. Once you remove the doily, the candle will illuminate through the clear glass.

Option 2:  For this votive, I applied a base color first. I used the ivory, sprayed the jar and waited for it to dry completely.  Again, gently tape the doily on and spray with your second color. I'm sure you have figured out this option has no clear glass and when lit the whole jar illuminates.

Option 3: Using the doily, that you have been spraying, cut into smaller pieces.  Paint a layer of Mod Podge on the jar and layer your doily pieces, covering the jar. Apply another layer of mod podge on top of the doily and let it dry. This will take several hours to dry.

And there you have three very different looks, but all very simple!  You can also buy wire to hang these like mini lanterns. That tutorial will have to be on another day because the wire at Lowe's was seven dollars!

~Now go illuminate your favorite space!~

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