OhModgeGod! Yes, I’m making it happen, and no Mean Girl will stop me.
I saw this post on CraftyScrappyHappy where she upcycled a Bath and Body Works candle by screen printing a pretty lace pattern on it.
They came out beautiful and they inspired me to try my own version, only I don’t have the money to spend on a whole collection of Martha goodness for only one project. Instead, I used some scrap lacy spiderweb material I had from an old costume and leftover votive holders that remained after the Ikea candles were gone.
So I bought my first bottle of Mod Podge. OhModgeGod! [dun Dun DUNNNNNN] (See what I did there?) It kinda makes me feel dumb for buying it because there’s gotta be a cheap way to make it yourself…but I digress.
To start out, I taped a regular piece of computer paper to the votive holder, then rolled the paper around and secured with another piece of tape.
Once it was in the roll (ok, it’s more like a paper cone), I took a pencil and traced around the top and bottom edges of the votive holder.
When you remove the outer piece of tape and unroll the paper, you’ll have a pair of curved lines. This will be your pattern to cut the lace out with.
Now, line the pattern up and cut out a piece – the top edge that will go around the top of the votive holder should be as clean a cut as possible. The bottom edge can be a little rougher as you can always tuck the scraps under the bottom edge.
Now we’re getting messy! Break out that Mod Podge and brush about a 1 inch section on one side.
Secure one end of your lace to the section you just mod podge’d. Be sure to line the top edge up nice and clean with the top edge of the votive.
Continue brushing Mod Podge on to the votive holder and lining up the lace until you’ve reached all the way around. Then gently brush over the whole thing with a coat of the stuff so you get a sexy gray mess like this. Now, try to be patient and let it dry.
ORRR be like me and get too excited to wait and drop some tea lights in them while they’re still a bit tacky and have white globs on the sides. (oops!)
PRO TIP: When finishing the edges, cut it on a slant/bias so that it better blends in with the pattern and the seems aren’t quite as noticeable.
So for just the cost of a bottle of Mod Podge, I have a new set of spooky votive holders. OhModgeGod! (OhModgeGodge?)
What sort of thrifty projects are you working on for your fall decorating?