Painting Glass Votive Candle Holders

Introduction: Painting Glass Votive Candle Holders

About: I am a decorative painter and the owner of The Painted House and More. I have over 16 years of painting experience. I am also a One Stroke Certified Instructor. I am currently looking for opportunities t...

Painted cheap glass candle holders make a great gift giving idea and also can be a wonderful favor for your wedding guests.  I am going to show you how easy it is to do.

Step 1: Cleaning

You can either wash the glass votive candle holder in warm soapy water or wipe off the outside of the glass with rubbing alcohol.

Step 2: Add Vines

I use an angle brush to paint my vines.  I double load with the brown on the tip and off white on the other side of the bristles.

Step 3: Add Leaves

Double load a flat paint brush with your green and yellow paint.  Create the grape leaves, adding them to the vines.

Step 4: Add One Stroke Leaves

Double load your flat brush with green and yellow paint.  Add One Stroke leaves to fill in the open glass areas.

Step 5: Add Grapes

Use this little stick to make small grapes.  Load with purple and white paint.  Just place the grape bundles randomly around the candle holder.

Step 6: Candle Holder With Grapes

I typically double load the stick with purple and white paint, then begin at the bottom of the grape bundle with one or two grapes and gradually add more as I work upwards to create the bundle.  You can also use other colors like burgundy and green since there are a variety of types of grapes.

Step 7: Add Curlicues

To complete the design I stick the tip of a liner brush in to brown and then in to white, making random curlicues around the candleholder.

Step 8: Air Dry

Allow your painted glass candle holder to air dry for one hour, prior to baking.  You may also allow it to air dry for 21 days to fully cure without baking.

Step 9: Bake

Place you glass item in to a cool oven, then preheat.  The baking temperature is 350 degrees for 30 minutes.  I add the preheat time to the 30 minutes.

Step 10: Cool

Turn off your oven once it has completed the baking time.  Keep the oven door closed.  Allow your item to cool completely before removing from the oven.

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    I love what you have done, I think it would be even nicer if you didn't put so many vines and leaves as it lets more light through. It can look really dense. Do you have any pictures with a candle in it. Are you using a special paint or just an acrylic paint? Thanks, good job.


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    I have a rather dumb question for you....I bought some of those white (resin?) figurines and a couple of them are tea lit candle holders.I'm planning on painting them for Christmas gifts but not sure about the candle holders.I use mainly acrylics with the krylon sealer.Would this be flammable if tea lits are used?Should I use enamels without the sealer instead???


    9 years ago on Introduction

    Beautiful job, Aressa! I know you have inspired and encouraged lots of peoples imaginations!

    Um,, I'm not the author, but I've been painting on glass for years - I hope its not bad manners to answer horselove36's question, if so, I apologize and Aressa, feel free to have my comments removed.

    Anyway, any craft store such as Michaels, JoAnn's and even Walmart carry 'glass' paints. You will want to use glass paints as once they are air-dried or baked (I prefer baking) you can handwash them. If you use plain acrylics, they will wash off very easily and also acrylic paint will rub off of glass pretty easily.

    The products I use are, Folkart Enamels or OUTDOOR= GLOSS=INDOOR (yes, that's the name, I've checked twice). Both are a combination of acrylic and enamel paint.

    CAUTION, whereas I have painted lots and lots of pitcher and glass sets, wine carafes and wine glass sets and more BE SURE TO BE AWARE OF THE FOLLOWING: **These paints are NOT FOOD SAFE so when painting on 'glasses' make sure you leave enough space down from the rim (I do at least a half-inch) - far enough so lips won't make contact on them. **

    IN ADDITION **If you are going to paint glass plates or platters, paint the under-bottom of so that food will not come in contact with the paint.** I would keep these designs simple as if you plan on using more than one color/layering or if you want to shade or blend your colors, this is very tricky - its call reverse painting and if you plan to do this, use a pattern.

    Speaking of patterns, if you don't feel comfortable free-handing your designs, print off a pattern, tape it on the inside of your glass, and just fill in the lines! Once you have the base colors down, you can refer to your (color) pattern for shading/blending or detail ideas.

    The paints are much cheaper than when they first came out so now I save my empty glass jars for my grandkids and their friends to paint on. We've turned jars and bottles into adorable pumpkin lanterns (battery-operated votives), banks (I punch a slot in the lid) pen/pencil holders for mom and dads, vases, change holders - the list is only as short as their imagination! And, if you want to paint the lids to the jars, I still use the glass paints. Most lids have some sort of plastic or rubber on them so I don't bake them. I encourage the kids to let them air-dry for the 21 days, but if they don't, its still a strong acrylic paint so it sticks pretty well.

    ....sorry I went on so much. And thanks again Aressa


    9 years ago on Step 2

    Do you simply use acrylic paint, or is there a special type? Do you prefer a certain brand? Great work!