Thursday, May 19, 2011

Tissue Paper Votive Holders {craft for kids}

Hello friends!  Seems like it’s been a while…probably cause it has!  I’ve been a little lazy super busy lately.  For some reason this week, and month for that matter, have been exceptionally crazy around here.
But today I wanted to share with you a super easy craft you can make with kids of all ages.  I made these with 8 preschoolers a couple of weeks ago.  The kids all gave them to their moms for Mother’s Day.  These are a perfect last minute gift to give any female in your kids’ lives.  I’m thinkin’ they’d be a great homemade teacher gift, too.  
So here’s what you need:
~baby food jars
~multi-colored tissue paper {think: leftovers from all the gift bags you have stashed}
~Mod Podge
~paint brush
IMG_5628 mod podge
Ok, the directions are easy peasy chicken lemon squeezy {you can thank twin A for that one}
Step 1:  Tear or cut your tissue paper into small pieces {smaller than the height of the baby food jar}
IMG_5647 IMG_5650
Step 2: Cover jar with Mod Podge using a paint brush.  Then place tissue paper all over jar and cover tissue paper with Mod Podge.
Be sure to cover with a thick layer of Mod Podge on top.  More than you think necessary {if you’ve never used this stuff before.}  They should look very white.  But not to worry, it dries completely clear!  It’s Amazing!  Sorry I don’t have more action shots…but I was making these with 8 preschoolers, so my hands got a little too gooey to take pics!  But here’s what they look like drying:
Be sure to completely cover with tissue paper, the more layers the better.  And then a gloppy coat of Mod Podge and set upside down to dry.
See, it really does dry clear!  But you can see the places where tissue paper was thin or non-existent.  Put on as much tissue paper as you can! 
Then you can place a votive candle inside and voila, it’s that simple!
We light them each night at dinner.  My girls love them and are so proud they made them all by themselves!
And just in case you were wondering about the vase/jar…I posted a tutorial here on how to create your own “vintage” aqua mason jars!

Linking up at a fun for kids party at Smile Monsters!


  1. What a fun idea. I love kids crafts that the kids can actually do! Thanks for sharing.
    Dannyelle @

  2. I'd love for you to share this at Fun For Kids Friday.

    Jo @ SmileMonsters

  3. My daughter and I made these the other day when it was pouring rain. They were so fun, easy, and they turned out beautiful! Thanks!


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