“stained glass” candle cups

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Today was a wonderfully relaxing day. We slept in, had tea and pumpkin muffins for breakfast, strolled around Red Wing’s historic district and enjoyed the autumn sun and breeze. We went out to lunch with our girls, Andie, Grace and Maddie May, and then came home and did a fun little craft project inspired by THIS POST on one of my favorite blogs, A Little Bit Crunchy A Little Bit Rock and Roll.

These are fun, easy, and so pretty! We had planned on making the Halloween themed cups, but didn’t get around to it before Halloween. Doesn’t matter though, because it’s really a great craft any time of year.


Elmer’s School Glue

small, inexpensive paint brushes or sponge brushes

tissue paper in a variety of colors, cut into 1 inch pieces

assorted jars

to make:

Mix a little of the glue with a little water in a small cup.

Paint a layer of the glue mixture on the jar. Place a piece of tissue paper on glue and paint another layer of glue over the piece of tissue. Continue layering the glue and paper this way, overlapping the tissue so no glass shows. Allow to dry. Place a votive candle or tealight in the candle cup. Light and enjoy!


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  11 comments for ““stained glass” candle cups

  1. November 6, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    My daughter did these once in school and brought them home as Mother’s Day gifts. They are beautiful AND treasured!

    • Melissa
      November 6, 2011 at 8:49 pm

      I was surprised at how pretty they turned out. I’m thinking they’d make nice party favors at a tea party I’m hosting soon. 🙂

  2. November 6, 2011 at 11:49 pm

    awesome idea! we’ve done it with mason jars or frosted glasses and acrylic paint, then sparkles and stickers. this is another great craft i remember doing as a kid! cool!

    • Melissa
      November 7, 2011 at 7:07 am

      I was thinking it would be fun to do bigger, hurricane lantern sized ones for the deck in the summer 🙂 Thanks for commenting sweet Maria!

  3. November 7, 2011 at 11:36 am

    Oh, they are so pretty!

    • Melissa
      November 7, 2011 at 11:38 am

      Thanks, Paula! 😉

  4. Jennifer @ Mother Thyme
    November 7, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    Very pretty! Makes very nice customized gifts! Love this idea.

    • Melissa
      November 7, 2011 at 12:30 pm

      me too! Thanks so much for commenting, Jen 🙂

  5. Dee Melton
    September 26, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    A very cool project for my grandchildren. Thanks, Dee

    • Melissa
      September 26, 2012 at 6:29 pm

      enjoy Dee!:)

  6. June 23, 2013 at 10:07 am

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