Cheap Votive Candle Holder Ideas

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Cheap Votive Candle Holder Ideas
Simple additions make votive candle holders special (Red votive candle holder image by Susanne Karlsson from

Votive candle holders are an affordable way to dress up your decor, whether you use them in the home or for special occasions such as weddings or holidays. It's easy and inexpensive to give votive candle holders a bit of extra style by adding decorative details that make them stand out.

Simple Additions

Dress votive candle holders up with simple additions that give them a personalised touch. For weddings and other occasions, use decals to personalise votive candle holders with initials or decorative designs. Find decals in the scrapbooking section of craft or department stores. Stick-on rhinestones or other baubles add a bit of flair to plain glass votives. If stick-on rhinestones are unavailable, use a hot glue gun or glue dots to affix baubles to the glass.

Tie a piece of pretty ribbon around the middle or bottom of the votive candle holder. Or, glue lace around clear votive candle holders that are not textured to make pretty patterns as the candle burns down. When using fabrics such as ribbon or lace, make sure the fabric does not extend above the midsection of the glass to prevent accidental fires.

Crafty Ideas

Découpage dried, pressed flowers or greenery, or scraps of coloured tissue paper or gift wrap to the outside of votive candle holders for a colourful candle holder. Brush thinned découpage glue on the glass, press on your flowers, greenery, tissue or gift wrap and gently smooth out any air bubbles. Allow the découpage glue to dry, then add more coats to seal. You can apply coloured tissue paper over pressed flowers and greenery for a more intricate design.

Create stained glass on your clear glass votives by creating a design with puffy paint or glass paint outlining paste. Allow the outlines to dry overnight, then fill in the designs with glass paint.

Decorative Ideas

Using multiple candle holders and other items you may already have on hand, you can create lovely designs that add light to your decor. Make a candle-wreath centrepiece by laying a wreath on a table, then adding a ring of votive candle holders in the middle. A still-life arrangement using votive candles is perfect as a centrepiece or on any flat surface in the house. Use a tray to display found items, such as shells and driftwood in the summer or glass ornaments and pinecones in the winter, and intersperse several votive candle holders among the items for light and ambience. Outdoors, use empty glass votive candle holders to hold tea lights inside of paper luminary bags to light a walk or add colour and light to an outdoor party.

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