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How to Make Stained Glass Votive Candle Holder Craft

Do you love candles? We love tissue paper crafts, and this DIY stained glass votive candle holder craft is a fun one! These custom candles light the night andĀ make the perfect home decor.

DIY stained glass candle holder craft idea - this is an easy candle craft using tissue paper squares and a votive. Love it!

MJ loves to get crafty with me, so he was excited to help make this easy stained glass candle holder craft! These lovely holders truly light the night and the flame shows the most beautiful colors through theĀ glass! Such a simple tissue paper 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 Holder Craft

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

Stained glass votive candle holder craft - so easy to make!

Outside looking in.

This one was inspired by Halloween: candy corn stained glass candle holder craft. We might make more of these and line our front patio with them on Halloween night!

I think these candle holders would be absolutely stunning in the 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!

Safety Side Note: Baby Girl tried to get in on the fun, so I let her watch and stick on some of the tissue squares. Ā 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 holder craft.

Enjoy making your own candle holder craft!


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