DIY Decorative Glass Votive Candles

This week I'm pleased to introduce Oxy's resident crafter extrodinaire Annie Shapiro! Annie is a senior with an enviable instagram (@annie_makes) and talent for DIY projects. She generously agreed to write us a tutorial on these amazing votive candle holders.

Whether you need a fun gift for someone’s birthday, you’re looking for a way to add some sparkle to your dorm room, or you just want to make your next at-home dinner feel a little more glamorous, these decorative glass votive candles are the perfect DIY solution.


What’s great about this project is that you can substitute any of the materials I used with ones that are more your style or that you already happen to have laying around, and these simple instructions will still give you the basic how-to.




1. Use masking tape to section off the part of the candle you want painted, then spray paint the exposed glass. Remove the tape once the paint is dry.

2. Apply a thin layer of glue in a line around the glass, just above the edge of the paint (don’t put the glitter on the rim of the votive or it might catch on fire when you light the candle!).

3. Sprinkle on the glitter.  I did this step over a layer of newspaper to avoid getting glitter everywhere, and this way you can pour the unused glitter back in the jar when you’re done.

4. Let the glitter dry, and the candles are finished!

For more amazing DIY projects follow Annie on Instagram @annie_makes. Annie will also be selling some of her super cute crafts at Handmade Oxy on April 16th from 4-6pm in the JSC Quad.