This month’s Michael’s Makers challenge was to come up with a fun handmade gift idea perfect for Mother’s day. I love how these pink ombre DIY candle holders turned out, and they really would make a great mother’s day present. And if you’re looking for more ideas, you can check out these projects or see the other ideas and tutorials that the other Michael’s Makers shared.
I love this project because it’s simple, and you only really need two things to make it: a glass votive and some polymer clay. You can find a lot of different simple glass candle holders at Michael’s that are just begging for a makeover. And it’s hard to say exactly, but I used about one little package of pink polymer clay and one of white. There are a few different great brands of clay to choose from, but for this project I really loved using Sculpey clay: It is a little softer than some of the other brands and easier to work with.
What you do:
1. Make sure you have a clear working surface. The clay will pick up any and all little dust, hairs, etc. Preheat your oven (check your clay for baking time and temperature).
2. Start by making different balls of clay in ombre colors. One ball should be pure white, and one ball should be pure pink. Then mix together pink and white to make a few in between shades. I think I ended out using a total of four different shades for this project.
3. Now start rolling each ball into little snakes. I tried to make them pretty even, but there was definitely a little bit of variation which I think is beautiful. I also had a round pencil nearby and I used that as my goal for how thick each little cylinder should be.
4. You will probably need more clay than you first think. If you run out at the end, you can always just add more white to the top.
5. Merge the ends of each color clay together. Smooth the edges with your finger. You can actually see a little crease where two of my colors meet above.
6. Start at the bottom of your glass votive. Wrap the clay gently around and keep coiling it until you reach the top layer. Cut the end of the cylinder and smooth the edges near the top.
7. Now bake the entire thing, glass and all. The baking temperatures for polymer clay are quite low, and glass can easily handle the heat without breaking.
8. When you’re done you can add a coat of glaze if you want, but I choose to leave my DIY candle holders plain.
These DIY candle holders would also be beautiful in different colors. I especially would love to make a blue one.
Check out the other projects this month by the Michael’s Makers:
I love these! They’re so pretty and look totally doable. Thanks for this idea; I think I’ll be trying to make these soon.
Thanks Sam! They’re really fun to make and pretty easy!
These are so pretty, Rachel! Love the ombre effect.
Thanks Alexis! I feel like ombre is maybe an old trend now, but I don’t care I still love it!!!
This is just so cute and adorable. I absolutely love the colors and the way you molded them together to create an ombre effect. So pretty!
SO pretty! I’m going to try this– thanks for sharing! 🙂
Thanks Courtney, and great! Send me a picture if you do!
These are so cute! I love the simplicity, and of course, the ombre:)
I’d love it if you shared this with everyone on my weekly link party:) http://www.twentysomethinginthe2010s.com/peace-love-link-up-001/
Stephanie R says
These turned out really cute and would make an excellent project to do with the kiddos.
This turned out so pretty! Older kids could really get creative and make Mom a personalized gift for Mother’s Day! Thanks for sharing at Merry Monday!
Rachel, these are so pretty! I love the ombre effect! I chose your votives as my Feature pick for this week’s Merry Monday party. I hope you’ll come link up with us again!
Jeanne Grunert says
Pretty! I love using those materials in my crafts. Thank you for sharing this on the #HomeMattersParty
Lisa @ LifeonMerlin.com says
This is so pretty! I am going to have to try it! Feel free to link up with us at The Alder Collective Link Party http://lifeonmerlin.com/the-alder-collective-link-party-24/!