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DIY: Cute Votives For Home

Updated on April 12, 2012

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It is basically a prayer candle used in different religions. It is said that if you burn one votive candle, you are lighting it for someone. Because of this belief, this is one of the main reasons why votive candles are one of the most popular/ most used candles in the world. The size can vary (2.5 inches in height and 1.5 inches in diameter), as with the smell, but the shape usually remains cylindrical.

The candle itself is unique and usually lasts for hours. This is why it is also a popular contender of the very expensive aromatherapy candle counterparts. How long it lasts also depends on the quality of wax being used.

All these candles lined up on our altars and bathrooms could become monotonous to look at. So I am here to share with you one way to 'artify' your votive candle holders. Believe me, it will turn into chic votive candle holders. What's more important is that you do not need many materials to begin with. In fact, most of the materials are already in your house at the moment. So all the work that you need to do is to go scour for them.

The idea comes from a fellow Singaporean, Claire, of the blog, Fellow Fellow. Thanks!


These are the only materials you'll need (but not limited to). Of course, we have our own preferences and we are artistic in our own ways. So exercise the artistic streak and artify!

  • Glue
  • Mayonnaise glass jar or small glass jar
  • Cup
  • Scissors
  • Paint Brush
  • Light Fabric



First, make sure that you cut your fabric into strips and that the strips more or less fit the jar.

Next, in a cup, dilute a small amount of glue with water. Make sure that you still retain the stickiness of the glue.

Last, dip the strips of fabric into the glue and remove excess by running fingers over it.


The next step would be to start sticking the strips of fabric onto the inside of the jar. Overlapping is fine as long as they are kept at a bare minimum. It will look much better without overlaps.



Here's a Youtube instructional video on how to make a yearbook votive.


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      KerryAnita 5 years ago from Satellite Beach, Florida

      These are all so pretty:)

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      Mary Hyatt 6 years ago from Florida

      I really like this idea. Great Hub. Thanks for sharing this. I like your photos,too. I voted it UP, etc.

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 6 years ago from Chennai, India

      I enjoy reading your DIY hubs! Actually, I have not heard of votive candles till now thanks to you! The steps are laid out well. The pictures are very cute!

      Thanks for SHARING. Useful & interesting. Voted up.

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      inaniLoquence 6 years ago from Singapore

      @Cloverleaffarm, thank you so much! And good luck with your high school reunion. I believe it would take me ten more years before I can attend one since I'm now living in another country. I have to say that the yearbook votive idea is new to me as well. Well, we should try it! :))

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      inaniLoquence 6 years ago from Singapore

      @No_Clue, you're welcome. :)

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      inaniLoquence 6 years ago from Singapore

      @Teaches12345, there are just so many DIYs and crafts we can do using a couple of simple, already-at-hand materials. Thank you for passing by once again. Your presence is appreciated. :)

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      inaniLoquence 6 years ago from Singapore

      @Lisa Catherine, I have to agree with you. However, it can still pose as a safety threat, no matter how dry or wet it is. So I suggest using battery-operated votive candles. Angelo52 also expressed the same concerns. Thanks! :)

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      inaniLoquence 6 years ago from Singapore

      @Angelo52, yes. I did consider that. The risk of burning the fabric is high. However, I have come up with a simple solution! Either you stick the cloth outside OR make use of battery-operated votive candles. The latter's flameless and emits the same glow. One problem about it is that it does not have any scent. Well, it is definitely safer. Hope this helps. :)) Thanks for following me. It is an honour.

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      Angelo52 6 years ago from Central Florida

      The heat from the candle flame could cause out gassing which could ignite. Unless the jar is much much bigger than the votive candle and the candle is in its own holder. Then maybe it would work. Just the same I think I will pass. Maybe work better with the cloth on the outside?

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      Lisa Catherine 6 years ago

      The cloth is inside the jar but I think as long as it is completely dry and not hanging down in any places it shouldn't burn.

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      Angelo52 6 years ago from Central Florida

      This concept seems dangerous to me. You are putting cloth inside a jar with a burning candle. What stops the cloth from burning?

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      Dianna Mendez 6 years ago

      It is amazing how just a few simple craft items can make something so beautiful. I am already planning for the holidays with this idea in mind. Thanks for sharing.

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      No_Clue 6 years ago

      Definitely gonna give this one a go! Thank you for the great ideas and inspiration!

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      Healing Herbalist 6 years ago from The Hamlet of Effingham

      Love the yearbook votive idea. I think I will use this for our high school reunion this year. Thanks for the great ideas. Voted up and interesting.


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