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How to Make Stained Glass Votive Candle Holders

Night Light Candle Craft
Written by Deanna


MJ loves to get crafty with me, so he was excited to help make these easy stained glass candle holders! These lovely holders truly light the night and the flame shows the most beautiful colors through the glass! Such a simple craft for kids, use them for your backyard, bathroom, wedding or party centerpieces or even to light your front door walkway.

DIY Stained Glass Votive Candle Holders
    You’ll Need:

  • glassware of your choice
  • assorted colorful gift tissue paper
  • glue
  • tea lights


Be sure the glass you are using is clean and dry. Cut your tissue paper into squares or other random shapes you might like to use. Separate them by color into piles.



Apply a light layer of glue to about 1/4 of the outside of the glass. Do not put glue on the entire glass all at once, it will stick to your fingers and dry prematurely on the glass.



Place the tissue squares over the glue as desired. Be sure to cover the full length of the glass and DO NOT allow any tissue to hang over the top. Fire hazard, hello! Continue the glue/tissue process until you have gone all the way around the glass. You will see the glue through the tissue paper at first, but once it dries, it will disappear. If there are any loose pieces of tissue paper that are over lapping and sticking out, rub a little glue on them to secure them to the glass.


Wait, then Light

Our candle holders dried in about an hour. We dropped in the tea lights and took them outside at dusk to put them to the test…

Outside looking in.

Inspired by Halloween: Candy Corn Stained Glass Candle. We might make more of these and line our front patio with them on Halloween night.


I think these would be absolutely stunning in a backyard during an evening gathering, or even for a soothing bubble bath with scented candles inside (and wine). Yes. I take bubble baths! I got each item on the list from the dollar store, spending $3 for 3 glasses, $1 for a box of tea lights and $1 for colored tissue paper. We already had glue at home, so each of these holders cost only $1.67 each!

Side Note: Baby Girl tried to get in on the fun, so I let her watch and stick on some of the tissue squares.  Before I knew it, she swiped a glass, ran off into the kitchen, and shattered the whole thing. That being said, I would not recommend this project for toddlers, but for children ages 5+. Always be sure to supervise your kids while using scissors and glassware. Only an adult should light the candle.

Enjoy making your own!


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