Make This: Modern DIY Candle Votives on a Budget

Modern DIY Candle Votives on a Budget

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…

Modern DIY Candle Votives on a Budget

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.

Modern DIY Candle Votives on a Budget

Modern DIY Candle Votives on a Budget

Modern DIY Candle Votives on a Budget

Modern DIY Candle Votives on a Budget

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

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Thanks Claire. I don’t think it matters what kind of plaster is used. I bought mine from Hobby Lobby in the kid’s craft section. So, it seems that any kind (no matter how inexpensive) will work.


LOVE this idea! Does it matter what kind of plaster to use? Or could you tell us what brand you used?


Such a neat idea. Thanks for sharing.


RT @papernstitch: @FunctionalGirl I sure do… This votive DIY is super budget-friendly each one costs about 20 cents to make


Awesome Sherry! Love that idea. Makes the project even easier.


I used colored plaster instead of painting saved myself. Step, you can use god color and change the color of your plaster I did! Had fun dong it!


Thank you very much!
Happy Days!


This is wonderful!! I love this perfect project and will do it this week!
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Nice day 🙂

Nuria Vert et Foncé

Thanks Zina. And speaking of amazing…that first yellow dress from Etsy on your blog right!? Love it!


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amazing!!!! I love it!


Moms love candles. You love mom. So make some candles for mom’s day! #DIY how to:

PlanetReuseMrkt (@PlanetReuseMrkt)

Thanks Julia. I’d love to know how it turns out for you if you try this DIY.


such an awesome DIY! love that and can’t wait to try this as well * all the best julia

julia I mintlametta

Hi Christie. It just seals the plaster, making it less porous when painting. It didn’t make a big difference for my votives, but I like to have that option. Just in case.


Looks like a super fun project! Does the matte medium make a big difference on the outcome? What exactly does it do?


Thanks Rachel. You should definitely throw a party so you can make these. 🙂


How clever! I want to throw a party just so I can do this DIY 🙂

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