Here’s a project that will take you no time at all, is easy enough to mass-produce for gift-giving, AND can be customized a gazillion different ways. You’ve likely seen covered votive holders in stores…why not make your own to match your decor? You can use origami paper (found at any craft store), scrapbooking paper, or just scan a favorite fabric swatch onto plain paper. I used origami paper first, which was nice to work with. It had a fabric-like feel, and the package of paper included coordinating patterns, so I could easily make a set of votives that matched.
And finally, I scanned some fabric: handkerchiefs, and one of my daughter’s onesies from when she was an infant.
Custom Covered Votives
Nap Rating = 1 to 2 naps
Tools & Materials
- Clear glass votive holders with straight sides
- Origami OR scrapbooking paper OR fabric swatches and a color copier
- One sheet of 8.5 x 11″ cardstock
- Double-sided tape OR rubber cement
- Sponge brush
- Decoupage medium (such as Modge Podge)
- Plastic, disposable plates
- Clean votive holder and remove any sticker residue from the bottom with fingernail polish remover. Let dry.
- Place votive holder on its side on the piece of cardstock and roll it slowly, tracing its edges with a sharp pencil as you go. You should end up with a slightly curved rectangle.
- Cut out this shape to use as a pattern.
- If you decide to use a fabric swatch, make a color copy of it onto 8.5 x 11″ paper. Otherwise, choose the origami or scrapbooking paper you want to decorate your votive.
- Place the pattern on the back of the paper and trace it.
- Cut out the shape.
- Place one strip of double-sided tape on one of the short edges of the shape. Place it on the votive and slowly wrap it around the votive, pulling it taut as you go. Do this first to determine if the pattern and/or edges line up nicely. If you like the way it looks, place strips of double-sided tape all around the glass and press the paper in place. (Alternatively, you could brush the glass with rubber cement, but don’t use regular glue; it’s too wet, and makes the paper bubble and wrinkle.)
- Using a foam brush, paint the entire surface with decoupage medium, but if you’re using a color copy of a fabric swatch, be sure to let the ink dry completely after coming off the printer. The decoupage medium could make the colors run. This is not an issue if you’re using origami or scrapbooking paper.
- Let the votives dry overnight on a plastic, disposable plate. (Don’t use newspaper or cardboard because the decoupage medium will stick to the papery surface and leave “fuzz” around the votive’s bottom edge.)