Over the holidays, I found myself in need of a few last-minute gifts. Can you relate?
I wanted to give something with a personalized touch, but I was on a budget. Since most people like candles, I decided on monogrammed candle holders. It was a fast, easy, and inexpensive project for some cute gifts.
I found candles with a light, pleasant scent (fresh linen) at the dollar store, along with the glass holders, making these gifts just $2 each.
I already had the letter stencils, paint sponges, and DecoArt Glamour Dust glitter paint on hand, but those supplies are inexpensive as well. The glitter paint was about $2 and the letter stencils were $3.99 at Hobby Lobby. I’ve used them for several craft projects.
For some of the letters, I just held on the stencils with one hand while painting with the other hand. Other letters had two pieces, like the “D” in the picture below. I taped those stencils to the glass to keep them in place while I painted the monogram on the candle holders.
The glitter paint dries lighter than it looks when wet, so I put on several coats. You can also put the glitter paint over a similar solid color for a darker result.
The paint dries quickly to the touch, so you can apply multiple coats in a short time, but it requires 24 hours to fully cure. That makes it easy to fix any “oops” spots as needed before the paint cures. The candle holders were a fun project, and make a great little gift for a neighbor, hostess, teacher, etc. I liked them so much, I made one for myself, too!
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