Thursday, August 23, 2012

DIY Painted Votives - A Perfect Project for a Watercolor Wedding

As I said just the other day, the Watercolor Wedding theme will be a hot, hot, hot wedding trend for 2013. From invitations to flowers, centerpieces to favors, the watercolor palette is a super popular choice for couples who want subtle, romantic color and a touch of artsy style. And the bonus is - most wedding items can be done DIY style, like these votive candle holders I found over on Once Wed. It's a relatively easy project to do with a low cost and big impact! I love the look of colorful candlelight.

Photos via Once Wed
This project is versatile - choose any color palette, simple - only three ingredients, and they make a great giveaway to guests.

1. Pick up glass votives from a local craft market, floral wholesaler, or online supplier. I like the idea of using a textured votive holders to add dimension and visual interest.  Luna Bazaar has an awesome selection of candle holders and until August 31st, you can save 5% off your entire order if you use SummerWedding at the checkout! WOOT!
2. Choose a couple of acrylic paint colors and mix with a little water in separate bowls until thin but not too runny.
3. With a paint brush, scribble watery paint on the inside of the glass. You may need a few brushes so that the colors don't run together and look like brown goo. You can let one section dry and then layer another color across the top if that is easier. Remember to leave some clear, see through space.
4. Once dry, add a votive candle and a sweet tag for guests to remember you by.

And voila, an easy peasy DIY wedding project that will make a beautiful impression. I can see this being used for all sort of other celebrations - bridal shower, birthday party, intimate dinner party - anywhere where color and light and DIY can be celebrated!

What some other easy paint projects you can do for your wedding? Please let us know over on FACEBOOK and check out our other Watercolor Wedding ideas on PINTEREST.

Have a lovely day,


  1. Hmm..let me try this idea of yours. I have a lot of glass bottles that I keep. I'm just not sure thought if this works on curvy glass bottles.

    1. Oh please do let me know how it turns out! Would love to see a pic when you are done. Thanks so much for stopping by. Any specific event in mind of the votives?


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