DIY Hand Painted Votives
These are so easy to make even a toddler can do it! My 3-year-old daughter made both of these beautiful creations “all by herself.”
I don’t know who was more proud, my daughter or her mama. 🙂
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DIY Hand Painted Votives
These kid-made painted votives are quick and easy to make. This tutorial gives directions for assisting a child, but anyone can do it.
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DIY Hand Painted Votives Materials
- Rubbing alcohol
- 2-inch or 3-inch Clear square votive holders
- Glass paint
- Liquid leading (Included in glass paint set above)
- Paintbrush set
- Painting smock for kids
- Votive candles [to complete the gift]
Related: Faux Stained Glass Candle Holders
DIY Hand Painted Votives Directions
- Wipe votives with rubbing alcohol.
- Invite your child to choose a paint color and allow them to paint whatever they want. Make sure you use enough paint. Glass paint needs to be painted on really thick or it’s hard to see. This is usually not a problem because kids tend to load their brushes with lots of paint and layer it on thick. Darker colors don’t need as much paint while lighter colors need A LOT of paint to be seen well once they dry.
- Continue to assist your child in getting a new color until they are finished.
- When glass paint is dry apply Mod Podge with a foam brush. Glass paint can take up to 24 hours to dry. Mod Podge will seal and protect the glass paint.
DIY Hand Painted Votives Process
Color Block Votive
After I had my daughter make these flower painted votives she wanted to paint one on her own. I asked her what color she wanted to use and helped her get set up.
Once she was finished painting one side yellow I asked her if she wanted to do another side a different color. Next, she chose red, then blue, and last green.
Dot’s and Swirls Votive
After she was finished she still wanted to paint more. I gave her anther votive and asked her what color she wanted to use. She started by painting yellow polka dots. Then she asked for another color and began swirling the colors around with her paintbrush. After she was done with the third color we had this lovely creation.
Using glass paints to free-form paint on glass votives turns out beautifully! Just look at the amazing works of art my daughter made. She also made these flower painted votives. Her grandparents are going to love them!
I hope you enjoy creating these as much as my daughter did. She loved it so much she has asked me to paint them again several times since then. Little does she know that has been my plan all along… Christmas is coming and kid-made candle holders make fantastic gifts!
Don’t forget to pop over to have a look at all of our other kid-made Gift ideas HERE! For more gift giving ideas check out our Ultimate Gift Guide with DIY and Readymade Ideas for the Whole Family!
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Nell has over 20 years of experience working with children and is the founder of Rhythms of Play. She believes in the wonder of childhood, the power of the imagination, learning through play, and getting outside in all seasons! Learn more…