These easy-to-make mosaic candle holders are positively luminescent at night and a great project for kids of all ages to enjoy. Once they get the hang of the technique, it can be used for all sorts of glass projects, such as decorating vases and picture frames.
For this project you will need:
- Tissue paper in various colors
- A paper punch in the shape of your choice (we used a heart)
- Matte finish Mod Podge glue
- A sponge applicator
- A glass votive holder
To start, stack up a few layers of tissue paper and punch out shapes with your paper punch. Encourage kids to experiment with lots of different color combinations. We especially like to use various shades of one color to achieve an ombre effect; you can start with dark shades on the bottom of your votive holder and move up with lighter and lighter shades.
Use the sponge applicator to dab some of the Mod Podge glue onto the outside of the votive holder. Then carefully apply the thin tissue paper shapes with your finger. Focus on one small area at a time and work quickly when applying the tissue paper shapes–you don’t want the Mod Podge to dry before you can apply the shapes.
Try layering the pieces and playing with their orientation in order to achieve a mosaic effect.
After you’ve finished placing all of the pieces, apply a final thin layer of Mod Podge over the top of the tissue paper shapes.
You can see that the matte Mod Podge dries to create an opaque finish. We like this frosted glass look, but there are lots of different finishes you can experiment with, including super gloss and sparkle (which has glitter in it).
Once the Mod Podge is completely dry, all that’s left to do is to pop in a votive candle or a small tealight (a safe alternative to a candle for kids) and you have a lovely light for your windowsill or tabletop, or to give as a gift.
Photo credits: Stephanie Morgan