Fun craft projects
20. Butterfly Candle Holders
Butterfly candle holders are easy to make and a great gift idea.
The materials are very inexpensive, and you can use your
imagination for a variety of designs. To get started, you will need:
Small glass candle holders
Butterfly wrapping paper
Damp paper towel
You can buy whatever glass candle holders you like (or use some you already have laying around).
I bought mine at Wal-mart for about $0.59. You could also find them at thrift stores or yard sales.
I chose butterflies for my design, but you could choose whatever design you'd like--maybe keeping
in mind the tastes of the person you're making them for. You can cut out pictures from anywhere,
including calendars, greeting cards, magazines. Thin paper decoupages best.
After you have some pictures in mind, use cuticle scissors (the kind
you cut your fingernails with) to cut out the pictures. These scissors
work best on small pictures and cut rounder corners than regular
scissors. If you're not going to use the pictures right away, store them
in ziploc bags.
You can buy decoupage at any craft store. It is normally found with
the glue. It allows you to permanently affix a picture to another object,
giving the object an overall glossy effect. Make sure the glass you're working with is clean. Tear a
piece of tissue paper into small (approx. 1 inch) pieces. Using the paint brush, brush some
decoupage on to the back of one of the pieces of tissue paper.
Position the tissue paper on the glass and then brush some more decoupage on top of it. Continue
gluing on pieces of tissue paper, overlapping at the edges, until the entire candle holder is covered
(including the bottom--set the candle holder on its top to dry). Brush one last coat of decoupage
over the entire candle holder. Use damp paper towel to wipe off any excess decoupage.