Friday, August 3, 2012
Glowing Votives DIY
I made this craft a while back as a gift for Mother's Day, and I really liked how they came out. Heres how to do it!
You'll need some clear votive holders; I got mine at the thrift store, you can also find some at the dollar store. Make sure the paint you use is paint intended for glass painting, regular acrylic or craft paint won't do.
Begin by painting the from the inside of the holder. I find lighter colors work best.
Try to do this a quickly as possible, you don't want the paint to dry on you. You also want to keep the coat of paint fairly light, don't glop it on, because as the paint dries, it expands and then your lines will disappear. The less the paint, the less this will happen.
Then, get the back end of your paint brush, (or anything with a pointy tip will do) and start scraping away the paint from the inside making lines. I did mine pretty hap-hazardly, but you can make yours more streamline, make abstract drawings, whatever you want! You just have to do it quickly so the paint stays wet.
Then you have to let them sit and dry for 24 hours. When they are through drying, place them in a cold oven. The turn the oven onto pre-hate bake for 350 degrees, and let them bake for 15 to 20 minutes. This ensures that the paint stays permanent!
After all that boring waiting and baking stuff, you're done! Make a bunch and have a tiki party in the yard! (these look very tiki-like to me)
You can apply this skill to a bunch of other things. When I made them for my mom, I also did this mason jar! It looks great on this little shelf in her bathroom.