How to turn an inexpensive, basic candle holder into a beautiful decoration for your home
Hi, its Terri back on the Blog today with a written and video tutorial for you
Today I will show you how you can take a basic, inexpensive object and turn it into an attractive and functional piece for your home. In this tutorial I embellish a glass candle holder, with metallic Dew Drops from The Robin’s Nest Creative.
If you want to recreate this project, or create something similar, you will need a plain candle holder or small, shallow bowl and of course Dew Drops of your choice. You will also need some wet glue, in a fine tipped bottle and some sort of pick up tool to position your gems. I used mettallic gems, such as these here:
How to start off
To start off, you will need your chosen item and your favourite dew drops in your desired colours and shapes. For example if you want to make a candle holder for Christmas, you could use dew drops that match your Christmas colour scheme. Alternatively, you could go for traditional Christmas colours like red, green and gold, to make your piece reusable year after year.
Next, you will need to create your pattern, without gluing anything down yet. Think about whether you only want to decorate corners or edges of your item, or whether you want to embellish the centre. You might even decide you want to go all out and decorate the entire piece! This is completely up to you! One of the great things about gems/Dew Drops from the Robin’s Nest creative, is that there is such a variety of colours, shapes and sizes available. This means you will most likely always find exactly what you are looking for!
Making your Project/Upcycling your piece
Once you have arranged your gems into the required pattern, you start off in a logical place and use your jewel picker and fine tipped glue bottle to adhere your first Dew Drop to your piece. You then follow the pattern in the way that feels most natural to you. I found I got into a lovely, relaxed and mindful rhythm of dab glue, place gem, dab glue, place gem. My piece probably only took around 15 minutes to make as I pretty much had the design in my head before I started. I did think of an alternative, Christmas version though, which I describe in the YouTube tutorial for you here: https://youtu.be/CUFE0Q-B07A
So there we go – the completed project. I hope you have enjoyed this blog and that you with check out the video tutorial, because I do give lots of extra tips and inspiration in there, plus you get to see what I mean about the relaxing, mindful rhythm I mentioned. Until next time, happy carfting! Terri xx