Beaded Candles -Tutorial

Well, Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow, so I guess we won’t be seeing Spring until sometime around St. Paddy’s Day.  🙁   To brighten things up, I thought I’d add more color around our home.  I’m decorating candles again.  I’ve decorated candles before, but these are a little different.  And since Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, red is a natural.  These Beaded Candles are easy to make and can be done using any color that you want.

Here’s how I made them.

Beaded Candles Before & After

What do you do with the glass candle holders after they’ve been used?  Recycle them!  They’re already made to handle the heat of a candle.

Beaded Candles before

What you’ll need:

A glass candle holder

    (you could do this with a new candle, but you can’t get your hand in to hold it)

Tacky Glue

Paint Brush

A mixture of seed beads & bugle beads

(you could just use seed beads, but the bugle beads give so much sparkle)

Supplies for Beaded Candles

Paint the glass candle holder with a heavy coat of tacky glue.  (I did mine in sections at a time)

Beaded Candles

Then you just press the beads into the glue.  Most seed beads are clear, so the light from the lit candle will shine through.  And the nice thing about using the tacky glue is that it’s white, so you can see if there are areas that need filling.

Beaded Candles

Once you have your beads pressed into the glue, set it aside to dry.

Set Beaded Candles aside to dry

I let this dry overnight.  The tacky glue dries clear.

Beaded Candles glue dried

Once it’s dry, add a votive candle and you’re done!

Add candle to Beaded Candles

The candle holder lit up

Beaded Candle Lit Up

And when it gets dark, the beads make the prettiest designs on the surrounding area!

Beaded Candles

Don’t throw those empty candle holders away!  Reuse & recycle them.

Beaded Candles before & after

This would be so pretty in other colors, too.  Pastels for Spring, green for St. Patrick’s Day or Christmas. Blue or Pink for a baby shower.  White & iridescent clear beads for a wedding.  They’d also make very unique gifts.  The possibilities are endless.  Have fun with this project, and make it your own.

Happy Creating everyone!

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