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DIY Candle Holder

DIY Candle Holder
DIY Candle Holder
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Lighting a candle in a room can instantly make a room more relaxing, welcoming and warm. Not to mention, candles smell so yummy and make a room smell like a tropical rain forest or pumpkin patch. This easy DIY Candle Holder is made from clay and an old water glass. You can choose any colors you want. You can even make a few of these DIY holders to go with every season or candle scent you have. How fun would these candle holders be to give as a gift to someone?

Estimated Cost$11-$20

Time to CompleteUnder an hour

MaterialsClay

Primary TechniqueGlass Crafts

Project TypeMake a Project

Materials List

  • premo! Sculpey® Accents Individual Bars
  • Sculpey Clay Conditioning Machine
  • Sculpey Acrylic Roller, 8"
  • 3/8” Round Cutter
  • 5/8” Round Cutter
  • Craft Knife
  • Clear Glass Votive Holder
  • 400 Grit Wet/Dry Sandpaper
  • Soft Cloth for Buffing

Instructions

DIY Project Instructions

  1. Do not use unbaked clay on unprotected furniture or finished surfaces. Start with clean hands and work surface area. Good work surfaces include wax paper, metal baking sheet, or disposable foil. Knead clay until soft and smooth. For best results, clean your hands in between colors. Shape clay, pressing pieces together firmly. Bake on oven-proof glass or metal surface at 275 °F (130 °C) for 30 minutes per ¼" (6 mm) thickness.

    For best baking results, use an oven thermometer. Do not use microwave oven. Do not exceed the above temperature or recommended baking time.

    Wash hands after use. Baking should be completed by an adult. Begin by preheating oven to 275 °F (130 °C). Test temperature with oven thermometer for perfectly cured clay.

    For best results, condition all clay by running it through the clay dedicated pasta machine several passes on the widest setting. Fold the clay in half after each pass and insert the fold side into the rollers first.

  2. Using the Clay Conditioning Machine on the #2 setting, roll out 1/2 bar of each color of clay into a sheet. Work from the lightest color to the darkest to avoid color transfer.

  3. Using all three sizes of round cutters, cut out various size disks from each sheet of clay. Cut approximately 10 disks for each size cutter. Set these aside.

  4. Take your glass votive holder and start to randomly position circles onto the glass. Try to alternate the colors and sizes of circles (be sure to included a fair amount of translucent disks in the pattern because this is where the light will shine through). As you position the disks on the glass make sure the circles are pressed up against one another. It’s fine if some of the disk go over the top rim or the bottom edge. These can be trimmed later.

  5. Once your votive is completely covered, use your craft knife and trim off the top rim and bottom edge of any disks that are overhanging. Run your finger over the edges to smooth.

  6. With the Acrylic Roller, press the disks into place so that you are filling in the gaps between each disk. Take your time to go around and make sure that the gaps are filled.

  7. Bake according to the directions above. Allow to cool.

  8. Under running water sand your votive holder with your wet/dry sandpaper. Wipe dry and buff with a soft cloth.

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