DIY Stenciled Candle Holders

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I have been in a very crafty mood the last few days, and my glue gun has found a semi-permanent home on my dining room table.

The girls and I have been making several of our Christmas gifts, and I will be showing them off the next few days. All of the gifts are fairly easy, and very inexpensive.

Faith and Love Stenciled Candle Holders

I was inspired to make the above vases when I saw these on the Dayspring website.

The supplies for each vase cost under $10 (partly in thanks to a half-price sale at Hobby Lobby!).

Here is what you need:

  • Clear Acrylic Matte Coating Stencil
  • Stencil paint (I used paint creme)
  • Small paint brush
  • Tape (to hold the stencil in place)
  • Ribbon Gems, rocks, shells, etc. for “filling”
  • Hot glue gun
  • Vase or hurricane, any size
  • Candle to fit inside vase


1. Spray the vase with the coating and allow it to dry.

2. Carefully tape the stencil to the vase. Do not tape directly on any part that has been sprayed, as the tape will pull up some of that coating. (Ask me how I know.)

3. Slowly paint the design onto the vase.

4. Hot glue the ribbon and bow to the rim of the vase.

5 Hot glue the candle to the inside of the vase.

6. Sprinkle your rocks around the candle.

7. Enjoy!


  1. says

    From a mama who is craft challenged w/o visual helps, how will I tape the stencil on w/o taping it to the part I’ve sprayed when the first step is to spray all of it?

  2. Kara says

    This is a great idea! Could you show a picture of the coating spray you used so that I know what I’m looking for? And maybe the paint also? Thanks so much!

  3. Cynthia says

    Do you have to use the coating? It seems to make the jars look cloudy…or is that just the way the photo was taken? Is it really clear, or is there a way to make it so that it ends up being clear?


    I saw those vases linked on Ann Voskamp’s blog and loved them, too!

    • says

      @Cynthia, The coating gives it a shadowy (or yes, cloudy) look but I like the way that looks in the candlelight.

      I have not done it without it, but I’m sure it would work just fine!


  4. Brooke says

    Saw this on MSM. They are stunning! Thanks for the idea and all the specifics. The links to the products help those of us who are “craft-challenged!”

    • says

      Thank you, Brooke! I’m actually quite “craft-challenged” myself, and most of my craft attempts end up not-so pretty, lol! I still enjoy doing them 😀 -Amu

  5. Lana says

    I’m another craft-challenged person, what color of stencil cream did you use and where did you get the stencil? I love the lettering you used. These are really awesome!!

  6. Betsy says

    Okay I am going to ask some silly questions. First, where did you get the stencil? Second, I have used some etching cream to make some gifts, so I was wondering are you using that, or is this more of a paint that you are using? Thanks. 🙂

  7. Maria says

    I am also wondering where you purchased your supplies — did you get everything at Hobby Lobby?? Planning on trying these this weekend!

  8. Betsy says

    I can’t get my paint to dry. It has been 3 days and one of those evenings I had them by our fire… any suggestions????

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