If you guessed that I am planning a deliciously icy winter celebration, you are right! I saw very similar votive holders for sale from an expensive retailer, and I thought… I can make these myself! Easy and lovely… here are the details…
- Rhinestone Trim by the Yard: I recommend any style that has a flexible chain-like attachment. This allows gentle curving. I bought mine on ebay.
- Votive holders: Mine are from my local Michaels Store.
- Glue gun and glue: These are so useful for virtually every craft. Have on hand like scissors. Mine are from my local Michaels Store.
- Small Wire cutters: These also are a staple of crafting – well worth the small investment. These are also from my local Michaels Store
- Votives: I chose white palm wax and purchased them online at Aloha Bay (Note: beeswax, soy, or palm wax candles are preferable to paraffin as they do not release toxic compounds into your environment.)
5 Easy Steps:
1. Start by leaving rhinestones on roll. Put a small dab of hot glue behind the first gem and carefully attach that one at the height you desire.
2. From then on, I chose to attach two at a time – enough to hasten the process while not enough to sacrifice quality.
The gluing is rapid as it dries quickly.
The reverse side is very attractive. The glue is transparent and therefore barely visible.
3. When almost at the end (about 4 large gems away), estimate how much more will be necessary to finish the border. Then gently snip with wire cutters and finish securing.
4. After completing two holders in this manner, I felt confident in the size my rhinestone chain needed to be (in my case it was 19 large gems), so I cut the remaining rhinestone strips.
5. Secure the rest!
These make gorgeous decorations or gifts!
Much more to come! Happy Winter!