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Nature Luminary Votive Candle Holders

Nature Luminary Votive Candle Holders

Total Time 1 hour Ages school-age

These lovely votive candles add a soothing feel to any room. These nature votive candle holders make wonderful gifts, and when coupled with scented tea lights, add a fragrant bouquet to your house as well.

by Amanda Formaro

What you'll need

  • Leaves and foliage
  • Glass votive holder or jar
  • White tissue paper
  • White craft glue
  • Water
  • Paintbrush
  • Tea light candles

How to make it

  1. Collect small leaves and other foliage from outside. Be sure there’s still some life in the leaves – they shouldn’t be too dry or crumbly. (Note: We found several of our leaves on bushes as their leaves are smaller.) Once selected, lay leaves in a single layer and place a large book on top to flatten them. Leave for an hour or two.
  2. Spread a layer of white craft glue on the outside of the votive holder. Stick the leaves to the glue and press into place. Let dry.
  3. Mix equal parts of water and white craft glue to create a decoupage paste.
  4. Tear tissue paper into squares about one to two inches in size.
  5. Use a paintbrush to glue the tissue paper over the leaves using the decoupage mixture. Overlap the tissue paper and make sure all of the glass is covered. Carry over the lip of the votive holder as well and be sure that the tissue paper is decoupaged against the inside of the glass.
  6. Allow the jars to dry overnight.
  7. Place a tea light candle inside each votive holder!