Friday, August 24, 2012

Crafty Christmas: Hand-Painted Snowman Candle Holder

Christmas Countdown: Christmas is just 17 weeks away!

This idea was fused from two different books in which I saw snowman candle holders. I'm not the best painter in the world, nor would I ever claim to be, but I think there's something so wonderful about a hand-painted item, even when there's flaws (how else would one know the item is hand-painted? hehe).

The beauty of this is that it's so simple to make, really anyone can do it - I promise!

Here's what you need to make this snowman candle holder:
  • Candle holder
  • White paint that can be used on glass
  • Dimensional orange paint
  • Dimensional black paint
  • Sponge
Here's how you make it:
  1. You can either "cure" your glass (follow the directions on the white paint bottle that's designed for use on glass), or just start painting (I just start painting).
  2. Pour white paint onto either a paper plate or paper towel or something disposable.
  3. Gently dip the sponge onto the white paint and sponge white paint onto the candle holder. Cover the glass in a sponge-like fashion.
  4. Let glass dry completely (paint designed for glass dries pretty quickly, usually within one hour).
  5. Gently dip the sponge into the white paint again and apply a second coat. This will be the last coat, so make sure you get the glass covered well.
  6. Let glass dry completely again.
  7. Follow the directions as to how to open the black and orange paints (such as "shake well"). If you have fabric paint, like I did, be sure to use a very, very light hand when applying the paint to the candle holder.
  8. Lightly apply the dots for the smile; do not squeeze the bottle more than gently.
  9. Paint the outline for the snowman's eyes. Within the lines for the eyes, you may squeeze the bottle so a bit more black paint comes out. Spread the paint around within the eye lines with the tip of the bottle. Use a light hand.
  10. Use the orange paint to draw the outline for carrot nose. As with the black paint for the eyes, squeeze the orange paint bottle a bit more within the lines for the carrot nose, then spread the paint around within the nose lines with the tip of the bottle.
  11. Let dry completely.
  12. Stick a tealight candle inside, light it and enjoy your homemade candle holder! Or wrap and give as a gift (without a lit candle, haha!).
Preston was not happy that I was crafting the day I made these. Instead, he thought I should just hang out with him. We hung out til he got tired of being a model... he's so handsome!

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