The other day, I accidentally made today’s DIY project. I was planning to make something else entirely and then a little lightbulb went off in my head and I switched gears. Don’t you love it when that happens?
So, today’s edition of Make This will take you through making these modern, painted candle votives for just about any occasion: Mother’s Day, a housewarming party, a wedding. You name it – these DIY votives can adapt to pretty much anything, which is great. But the best part about this DIY is actually the price. About $5 worth of plaster and $5 worth of tealights will make roughly 50 completed votives. That makes each votive $0.20 to make from start to finish. Does it get any better than that?
- powder plaster (available on Amazon)
- plastic container for mixing
- silicone square mold (this is the exact one I used)
- tea lights (available on Amazon)
- acrylic paint and paint brush
- metal or wooden spoon
- matte medium (optional)
How to make your own:
Written step by step instructions below images…
1. Scoop powdered plaster into a small container and mix with water according to directions.
2. Stir water and plaster mixture until you achieve desired consistency, which should be similar to pancake batter. Plaster sets very quickly, so you will want to work fast.
3. Pour mixture into square mold or gently scoop the mixture in with a spoon.
4. Wait 2-3 minutes for it to start to set up. While it’s setting up, remove the candles from the metal shell they sit in. And place one in the top of each square. Then add coins or other small heavy objects to weigh it down, so it say in place.
5. Set aside and allow the plaster to harden for at least one hour (dry time may vary).
6. Carefully remove the plaster numbers from the mold one at a time and let them finish air drying for a full 24 hours.
7. Now that your numbers are completely dry, you can seal them with matte medium (optional) and then begin painting them.
8. Wait for the votives to dry completely, add the candles back into the tealight shells and you are done.
There are so many uses for these little guys. You could give a set of votives to your mom for Mother’s Day, use them as a housewarming gift for a friend, or turn them into cool wedding favors.
Or keep them all for yourself.
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Concept, photography and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff for Paper & Stitch