How to Make Panda Bear Candle Holders for Pennies - Easy, Breezy, Craft Demo
DIY panda play candle holder
Panda bears are the cutest things.
This article will show you how to whip up fast and frugal panda play candle holders.
I love animals but there's something about panda bears that just makes me want to hug them. My best buddy in the world is a monster panda fan, too.
The really easy to make candle holder in the picture was created for him.
He doesn't know it yet but he's going to be getting a set of three of these for Christmas. Usually, he gets the obligatory panda calendar for the upcoming year.
He always uses it but each year it's just a matter of time until it's on a one way road to obsolete.
My friend has pandas in every room of his house. Most of them are hand made from his grandmother who is a fantastic artist.
I'm not. In fact, I pretty much bite the big one when it comes to painting cute pandas or cute anything for that matter.
What to do?
- One glass container
- Mod Podge
- Silver glitter paint
- Panda stickers
- Gem stones and studs
- Hot glue sticks
Use stickers to get awesome looking art on glass candle holders.
Technically speaking, this sticker cheat would work for just about any kind of glass you can think of.
In this case, it just happens to be a candle holder because I stuck a candle in it.
When I got the glass, it was a vase.
The same instructions will work for trays, mirrors, pitchers. You name it.
I found these adorable panda stickers recently. I've used them before, but then did not see them again for a year or so.
Now that there are some in the crafty stash bag, let's get to the panda play and make a candle holder today.
Who doesn't love a panda? These are easy DIY gifts you can crank out with the kids.
A glass vase, some stickers, a little bling and boom, one panda candle holder.
The first thing we do is get the glue gun fired up.
Round up all the materials listed, plug in your trusty glue gun and let's get cracking on this candle holder.
So super easy, you could whip out a boatload of these at once for group gifting while gabbing with the gals.
After being sure to protect whatever surface is to be worked on, scope out the glass. It needs to be super clean for things to stick.
After a good hot water washing, rub it down with alcohol to get rid of any remaining residue.
Do you need a vase for this project?
This is a good choice for glass crafting and embellishment. The price is right and better still, the square shape allows for easier application of just about anything. A flat surface is always easier. Lastly, the thickness of the glass lends itself to hot glue crafting.
Trim out the top and bottom of the candle holder with ribbon.
Start embellishment to the glass by defining the borders.
One strip of Offrey, black velvet ribbon spans the bottom of the glass. When selecting glass, be sure to check for a few things.
First, be sure it is free of chips or cracks. Next, be sure it is not too thin. If it's like paper, avoid it. Chunky is much better for this.
Be sure the container is wide enough to fit the candle in with some room to spare.
For safety reasons, at least half an inch of clearance all the way around the candle should be a general rule of thumb.
Lastly, for the ribbon, one thin strip of Offrey silver ribbon was applied to the bottom of the black velvet ribbon and again to the top of the glass candle holder.
Keep the colors consistant
Cutest creature around or what?
How much do you love panda bears?
Next up, bring on the stickers.
When selecting stickers for making a candle holder, remember the background will show.
You have to get the clear background or the edging on the stickers will stand up and scream sabotage at your project.
These are all Sticko brand stickers but there are many brands available with clear backgrounds.
The application is as easy as putting a stamp on mail. Just lift it up and press it down where you want it.
Tucking the little panda paws and behinds just a tad under the ribbon keeps things from looking like they are just floating in mid air.
Attention - The pandas are not forgiving. Once stuck at all, they are not peeling up without messing up. The swirls are much easier, if you make a mistake.
One would think since both are the same brand they would go on the same but this is simply not the case.
These are the exact same panda stickers used here.
I like the paw prints and the bubbles.
I wish there were more bubbles but still there are enough panda bears on one sheet for two or three projects.
Look at those round bellies. Oh, my gosh, so cute I could scoop it with a spoon.
DIY fancy letter P made from swirly stickers and gem studs.
Overlapping stickers creates depth
The P for panda is also made of stickers.
Sadly, there was not a large, fancy swirl letter P in my bag of stickers. No worries. It's pretty easy to whip one up.
Using the Sticko brand swirly flourish stickers, position two of them so as to give the look of the letter P.
This works for many letters. While there's no doubt stickers are awesome for getting cute art in projects, they have a major drawback.
Stickers are not made to last long. They will start peeling up really fast. No worries on this account. I used Mod Podge to get mine to stay down, but spray acrylic works well, too.
Studs and stones add texture, interest and movement
Gem studs and silver rounds wrap up the embellishments.
Dark and light blue circular gem studs were applied to the surface of the glass with hot glue. A few rounded silver studs were mixed in too.
To be totally honest, this is a tedious process in several ways. Peel and stick stones would work just as well.
The larger circular stones and studs were pretty easy. The smaller ones I found difficult to work with.
Hot glue was applied to the back of the stones after the prongs were pressed inward. The stones and studs were then pressed down onto the glass. Sounds simple enough, huh?
The small stones kept flipping on me when I went to apply them. Basically, I hot glued several to my finger. Way not fun. The remedy for me was to grab the tweezers.
Glue and glitter paint create the frosted affect on glass.
The final step both seals the stickers and results in a slightly frosted look.
It would be a terrible shame to make a cute panda scene and have it peel up.
To keep everything in place, it must be sealed.
A matte finish Mod Podge was mixed with silver glitter paint.
Then, a healthy coat was applied over all the ribbons and stickers.
When that dried, another layer was painted over the entire candle holder.
Plain clear glass takes on slightly frosted look. To make it look even more frosted, do additional coats.
About an hour later the whole thing was dry and good to go.
Frosted panda candle holder made in America the DIY way
Real pandas playing
Uploaded to Youtube from the Chengdu Panda Base.
That's a wrap, guys and gals. Say hello to a new panda candle holder.
You may find after it all dries there are some spots where the glue got away or seeped out beneath the stones.
It looks terrible. It's easy to fix.
Grab an Exacto knife, razor or anything like that. Use it to score the glue right along the edge of the stone.
Then, simply peel it up and pull away.
At this point you can call it done or apply more coats of the glitter glue mixture to add to the frosted look.
I had a ton of fun doing this but it made me a little sad at the same time.
Pandas are an endangered species. Soon, there may be none left in the wild.
This set, when done, will come with a small donation towards helping to save the panda in my best friend's name.
You can help out too, at the World Wildlife Fund.
© 2014 Rhonda Lytle