Elegant Votive Candleholders

I’m decorating my house for January right now. When I think January I think cold so I want to keep my house cozy, with warm candlelight and soft materials. Phase 1 of this plan was making some winter candleholders for my amazon scented candles. I wanted a snowy white color with warm candlelight peeping through. I’ve seen this idea before so I decided to replicate it on my own.

You’ll need:

  • 4 small vases (I used a 4-pack of cups from Target for $3)
  • A pack of rubber bands
  • white matte spray paint (spray on primer works great)
  • 4 small candles

elegant votive candle holders

Clean your cups so there are no fingerprint smudges. Wrap rubber bands of various sizes around your glasses. I liked angling some and adding thicker widths in the middle. Then take your glasses to your spray painting zone, turn them top side down and go to town. Mine required two coats for maximum coverage.

spray paint rubber band candle holders

Once you like your coverage, find a trash can and slowly begin removing the rubber bands. Make sure you’re wearing grubby clothes and in a messy space. Stretchy elastic + spray paint = tons of tiny little paint flakes flying everywhere. Learn from my mistakes.

spray paint rubber band candle holders

Once you finish removing all the rubber bands, wipe down your glasses with a wet rag and set some candles inside. Now dim the lights and enjoy your simple yet beautiful creations. I’m feeling warmer already.

Tomorrow I’ll be back to show you what I decided to put inside that apothecary jar on my table.

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I'm Julie and I live in St. Louis. I've gone from living in a 1940s house I renovated to living in an 1890s house that needs a lot of love. I tend to bounce between projects, whether it be decor, cooking, DIY, renovation, or enjoying STL. This blog is about doing it all and the attitude needed to get it all done. You can reach me at [email protected] if you have any questions or comments.
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80 Responses to Elegant Votive Candleholders

  1. Becca Boo1114 says:

    When you removed the rubber bands, did you wait till the paint was dry?

  2. Ashleigh says:

    Love this idea for my wedding. Thank you!!

  3. craftberrybush says:

    so simple to make, such great results…xo

  4. Serendipityandspice says:

    These look like something I’d find at Pier 1. I LOVE that store. These are so classy looking! I’m hosting a Winter Wonderland link party on Monday and would love it if you stop by and link these up!


  5. Cheryl Bush says:

    Really pretty and clever idea! Wold be great if you could link it to my Craftastic Party:)

  6. Laura :) says:

    Oooohhh!! I saw your link on Serendipity and Spice’s party and I love this!!!!! It’s got a neat mid-century feel!! I’m totally doing this!! Thank you!!!! 🙂

  7. Veronica says:

    Very pretty 🙂 Cant wait to see what you did with the apothecary jar!

  8. Catrin says:

    Wow. Really pretty. Thanks for sharing.
    Greetings from Germany

  9. Serendipityandspice says:

    Thanks so much for linking up to my Manic Monday link party…it was a huge success! Make sure you check back tomorrow when I feature the top 3 posts. I’ll be hosting another Manic Monday linky party this week- the theme is LOVE. 🙂

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  11. Jeanelle says:

    Do you have to use just white paint? Or will any colour work too?

    • I know I’ve seen other people use frosted spray paint and they made a nice effect so I think you can switch up the colors. You probably want to stay light and thin with your paint to help make sure the light shines through but I can see a soft aqua glow or a few other shades looking really nice.

  12. Jake Hilts says:

    Will the paint get too hot?

  13. Jake Hilts says:

    I didn’t like the look or mess of the rubber bands when I did it, I’m making 20 for my wedding in August So what I did is first warped around twine string in a thick random pattern then painted with white paint/primer combo. I then stripped off the twine, no or at least limited paint flakes is sweet! I wiped it down, then I wrapped thin nylon string about a inch apart over the whole thing keeping then as even as possible. I then painted the string and let dry. Looks awesome, can’t wait for the wedding. I just hope the paint doesn’t get too hot. Maybe I should have used some kind of high heat paint, but the kind I bought was made for glass and I could see the other flaking off… maybe I worry too much.


    • I like the idea of twine. The paint hasn’t had any problems for me since I just painted the outside. I have let them run several evenings and everything has gone well. Just make sure you’re using strong glass. If you’re really worried, try a smaller candle and put someone on candle duty to check every hour or so to see if candles need to be replaced or rested. Good luck on the wedding!

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  16. Megan@WhimsicallyHomemade says:

    Hey there! Just wanted to let you know we featured you in our Favorite Find Fridays post over at Whimsically Homemade. We used one of your pictures. If that’s a problem let us know and we’ll remove it immediately. Thanks for your great inspiration!

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  19. Debra Riemenschneider says:

    Thank you so much for sharing your great idea on the candle holders with the rubber bands ,!!!! Iam on a real tight budget and have twins neices that are having their grad party . Iam heading to the store now to get these things to put on all the tables !!! Just wanted you to know that your time and ideas , Iam so grateful for Thanks again !!. Debra

  20. mazelmoments says:

    So pretty, and it seems so easy to do (although we’ll see once we try!) Thanks so much for sharing!

  21. Maggie Joos says:

    I love this so much! I’m collecting tutorials for budget-friendly vases and candle holders. This is going high on the list. So high that I’m going to feature it on my Be Inspired blog next week if that’s ok with you. I’ll send you a link via Facebook once it’s up. Love!

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  25. Jenny says:

    I wantes to do this for my wedding centerpieces(purple is the main color). I tried it tonight and it didnt work for me 🙁 i used krylon indooroutdoor purple gloss spraypaint. Any tips i really love this idea and want to use it.

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  31. OlayinkaFab says:

    This is really cool. I’m gonna try this!

  32. Nicole Reker says:

    I tried this last night for a pinterest party. They turned out sooo well. I couldnt believe how easy i was and how great they came out.

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  34. Just made these in black. Love them! I will be making several more for gifts!

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  38. i will be using this idea for my wedding in November. The only things I’m changing is that we will be using mason jars and spraying them silver. Question: does it have to be matte paint? and once i do them I will be sharing on Pinterest.com

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  44. Lauren Greer says:

    Dont use regular spray paint. Use primer. Otherwise the paint just flakes & peels off.

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  56. Cassie Sansinetti says:

    Could you please specify exactly what brand/type of paint/primer you used to get the effect in the pictures? They look almost sandy and I love it! But there are so many options out there, I can’t tell which would be best, so I figured I’d ask!

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