I have about 60 of these round glass votive holders that we used on the tables at our wedding. And yet, somehow, this is the first project I've done with them... 4 years later. I already have quite a few more makeovers planned.
I love how these turned out. The yarn wrapped look is perfect for fall, but these are cute year round. They look great during the day when the candles aren't even lit, and they glow beautifully at night. The light from the candles flickers through the rows of yarn.
The first candle holder uses the color-blocked look. The second has a thin stripe. You could play around with lots of colors, stripes, and patterns. If you had enough shades of the same color, an ombre one would be adorable.
What you do:
1. Choose colors of yarn. I found that it looks better if the yarn is the same texture and width.
2. Prepare your glue mixture. I used equal parts Elmer's glue and water. I also added a little corn starch, but this is completely optional to make the final product a little stiffer.
3. Dip pieces of yarn in the glue mixture. Start wrapping it around the glass votive holder from the bottom. This is pretty easy and works well, but it takes a long time to dry.
4. About half way through, flip the candle holder over and keep wrapping. Let it dry on wax paper, or something similar at least overnight.
(When mine dried, they were very study and the yarn was stiff enough that I wasn't worried about it falling off. If you are worried about that, or wanted to give it a little extra finish, you can paint over the whole thing with a thin coat of Mod Podge. Of course, don't put any glue or Mod Podge anywhere inside of the candle holder.)