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I spend a stupid amount of time on pinterest looking at craft projects to get ideas. I recently found this adorable votive holder while browsing and really liked the way it looked, but I wasn't able to find similar source images very easily. 

So I dumbed it down a bit and made some quick and dirty LED votive holders that look really great with minimal effort. :D You can use landscapes or skylines - whichever you like! They're a nice way to get a bit of light without having to leave clunky looking LED tealights out and about.
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Step 1: What you'll need:

Picture of what you'll need:
  • images with high contrast from a book or printed on regular printer paper
  • an exacto knife
  • glue - I chose a glue stick
  • LED tealights
I found that black and white images looked best - but feel free to try other things! I think I'm going to make some hand drawn ones next.

Also, when looking at LED tealights, I really recommend the yellow ones - they can make your votive holders look like the sun is setting, which is really pretty. :D

Step 2: Resizing, editing and printing

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I did a little googling and found a few images I liked: I found that the best size for them was 1000px wide and 600-800px tall. (or, 8 inches wide by 4+ inches tall)

I cropped them a bit and edited a bit if needed. 

Step 3: Trimming

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Trim off the bottom of the page. If you have a big white border at the top, trim that down to about 1/8 inch. Leave a 1/4-1/2 inch white border on each edge of the photo. 

Step 4: Folding

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Fold over the top edge to the back of the paper so you can't see any of the white from the front. Then fold over one of the side edges the same way.

Step 5: Gluing

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Run a line of glue down the edge of the side you didn't fold over. Press the folded edge onto the glue and hold it until it sets up. It should be nice and round now!
AndelDOA12 months ago
I love this idea, made one with the NYC skyline from
That would be a GREAT one to poke a few holes through along the bridge! (as MrWareWolf suggested above)
GREAT idea
oliviaJay11 months ago
Love it can't say any more :)
imperio11 months ago
very cute!
The next step is to do it .... rotate!

cbandy11 months ago
I love it!!!! I recognize the Louisville (KY) skyline which I love a lot (hometown girl). So beautiful. Great Job!!!
agis6811 months ago
decoupage technique....simple, effective, beautyful
dkhl11 months ago
sarawelder11 months ago
very nice and simple.
looks perfect for Christmas gifts.
midsummermuse11 months ago
These seem like they will be PRIME candidates for DIY gifts this holiday season. Thanks for the explanation -- I might buy a cheap straight glass from the $ store to glue it around as well.
binchen517711 months ago
Cool and Easy
MrWareWolf11 months ago
you can also pierce the photo with a very very fine needle, to allow a single point of light through, as if ti indicate a light on top of a building, or streetlight, etc. adds depth, but is easy to overdo it too..
electronixTech11 months ago
Looks great and anyone could make this and get good results.
parisusa11 months ago
Now I think my LED candles look naked! Love your directions...very clear - and results...very lovely!
hunter99911 months ago
winneyandrose12 months ago
These are lovely im going to have a go at doing some for christmas x
searchub12 months ago
That's amazing! I think I'm gonna make some of these. really inspiring!
andrea biffi12 months ago
Beautiful, I made something similar years ago with a cylindrical glass, some dry leaves, and a rare "grass" paper sheet. When you put a candle inside it the effect was very romantic ;-)
sabu.dawdy12 months ago
OMG this is so unique style..
nerfrocketeer12 months ago
Wow! They look great!