How to Make a Sweet Sixteen Candle Holder


If you're searching for the perfect "sweet sixteen" gift for a teenager that has everything, hand-decorate a candle holder as a thoughtful touch. The teenager will appreciate the personalized gift, which she can use to decorate her bedroom and hold her favorite candles. Use a variety of craft items to customize the candle holder in a way that reflects the 16-year-old's personality and interests. The gift recipient can keep the handmade candle holder as a memento for years to come.

Things You'll Need

  • Clear glass candle holder
  • Acrylic craft paints
  • Stencils
  • Flat-backed gems and beads
  • Tweezers
  • Hot glue gun
  • Scented votives
  • Use acrylic craft paint, a small paintbrush and letter-shaped stencils to write "Sweet Sixteen" on a clear glass candle holder. Choose paint hues, such as pink or blue, that reflect the teenager's favorite colors. Pick gold or silver glitter paint for a touch of glamor. Allow the paint to thoroughly dry according to manufacturer recommendations.

  • Enhance the candle holder with hand-painted designs using whimsical stencils and more acrylic craft paint. Choose designs, such as musical notes or ballet slippers, that celebrate the recipient's interests.

  • Embellish the candle holder with small craft items. Pick up a flat-backed gem or bead with tweezers and place a dab of hot glue on the back of it. Press the embellishment onto the candle holder to create a secure hold. Apply the gems or beads around the candle holder's bottom and rim for a decorative look, or incorporate them as part of your stenciled painted design.

  • Place a votive in the candle holder to complete the gift. Choose a candle featuring the teenager's preferred scent, such as rose or vanilla.

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