Ombre-Style Glittered Candle Holders

I love me some glitter.  I really do.  But it’s gotta be classy glitter – not like the big chunky glittered stuff we made back in the 80s.   When I was at Michael’s last Christmas (yes that’s how long ago it was), I found these tubes of gorgeous brown and copper glitter, and I have been saving them for just the perfect occasion. (When the closest craft store is two hours away, everything has to be saved for the “perfect occasion”.)  Then, the idea for these candle holders came to me, and I knew it was just such an occasion.
To make these, you will need small clear votive holders, glitter in three coordinating shades, white glue (if you watch Craft Wars, you know what holds glitter the best!), tape (any kind will work), and a foam brush.  A paper plate (or two) will help keep everything as tidy as possible.
Start by wrapping  a piece of tape around the votive to create a band.  I made all three of mine different widths, but you can measure it if you want it to be precise.
Next, apply glue with the foam brush – apply a good coat, because you want the glitter to coat it all.
Sprinkle glitter onto the candle holder.  Trust me when I say sprinkle it on.  I tried rolling the candle holder in the glitter but the glue smudges and makes blobs all over the candle holder.  Not cool.

Peel your tape off to reveal a clean line at the edge of your glitter.  You will still be able to see some glue through the glitter, but don’t worry, it will dry clear.

Repeat this process with the next colour of glitter.  The trickiest part of this whole project is making sure you get glitter right to the edge of the previous colour without wiping any away with your brush.

To finish up, repeat the process with the third colour, and then let it dry.

I switched it up with my third candle holder – before applying tape to break off the sections, I stuck on a maple leaf vinyl decal that I made with my Silhouette.  I followed the exact same process, and when I was done applying the glitter, I used a vinyl hook to peel the leaf off.  It left this cute little peek a boo leaf shape.

I did more glittering though – make sure you stop back on Wednesday to see how I created super quick and easy glittered acorns.


About Sarah

Sarah Desjardins is a mother of two girls, a wife, an elementary school teacher, and a self proclaimed glitter addict. Becoming Martha is a place for anyone who wants to make their domestic life more beautiful and creative. Sarah started Becoming Martha as a place to find bliss between the diapers and the dishes, and invites you to do the same.


  1. Gorgeous! I love it!!!

  2. Gorgeous! I love it!!!

  3. beautiful!Love the colors!!

  4. so pretty! great idea!

    PS I am hosting a giveaway! come check it out when you have some free time!

  5. I just love these! I am going to steal this idea for Christmas – ok? 😉 So pretty!

  6. That looks so pretty!

  7. Gorgeous…and I’m with Jill on the Christmas idea!! Or maybe Valentine’s day :o)

  8. Very pretty…I’m with you…love the ultrafine glitter, not so much the chunky stuff! Well done…thanks for sharing it!

  9. Beautiful!! I love the way these turned out!!

  10. How lovely! So creative! :)

  11. I love this, I might go ahead and try this myself 😛

    hi there! I saw your blog on GFC blog hop and I’m now following you! I hope you follow my blogs as well… cheers!

  12. These are gorgeous. I love your idea to make them ombre with the silver, gold and copper. Beautiful!

  13. These look amazing! Found you at the Smart! School {House} link party. I totally need more glitter in my life!

  14. These are soooo gorgeous! They’d be so pretty on a Thanksgiving table! Love them!

  15. Love these! What a great Fall Craft! I’d like to invite you to share it at my linky party, Twirl & Take a Bow at I think it would make a great addition to the party.

  16. These are fantastic! Visiting from the Lil Luna link up. So cute and so easy! Thanks for sharing such a fun tutorial.

  17. What a great project! You can never have too much glitter!! I’m hosting a new We Share Wednesday Link Party and would love for you to join in!

  18. So, so pretty! Love it! Here from Live, Laugh, Rowe.

  19. Very pretty and every girl needs a little glitter in her life! :) Great idea!

  20. Oh so very pretty.

  21. So pretty! It can be hard to make glitter look grown up and sophisticated, but you nailed it.

  22. These are adorable. I have so much stinking glitter that it’s not even funny. I think I may have to have a glitter party soon.

  23. These are so pretty! Such a great way to use up all of my glitter – might have to do a Christmas version! Thanks so much for coming out to the party at Clean and Scentsible. I’ll be featuring these tomorrow {and pinned!}. Hope you are having a wonderful weekend!
    Jenn :)

  24. These are seriously cute! I love glitter too, it’s like concealer and coffee are for mom’s, but for everything we can decorate :)

    xoxo, Tanya

  25. So so so pretty, Sarah!! The ombre really makes them special. Thanks for sharing!

  26. These turned out so pretty! Would love it if you linked up on my blog hop Also let me know if you’d like to follow each other!

  27. OMGoodness these are gorgeous and you make it look so easy!!

  28. Sarah thank you for the instructions. I am making thank you gifts for my team “Hope Heals”, running in a breast cancer walk in NJ on 10/27. I am using the ribbon instead of the leaf, and pink and white glitter. Thanks again!
    Always in Hope !

  29. These are beautiful and I love glitter-going to pin this right now!


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