DIY Glitter Candle Holder Craft

I love the holidays and the winter season. There is just something clean and refreshing about the cold, crisp air and a new blanket of snow. This time of year also gets my creative juices flowing. I like to have seasonal decor around the house but I don’t have a money tree in the back yard. So, instead of buying finished products, I find DIY projects I can do for a lot cheaper.

This year, I decided a fun project would be some candle holders to go with a beaded cone tree I found for 1/2 price. Since I like things in odd numbers, I decided to decorate 2 vases/candle holders to go with the cone tree so I had a vignette of 3 main items.

It’s simple and can be done in any color scheme but I choose blues because they remind me of winter and they will look great during the Christmas holidays at my mom’s house. Her tree and Christmas decor is all red, white and blue.


  • Vase or Floating Candle Holder (I used 2 in different sizes from a local dollar type store)
  • Glitter -- your choice of colors
  • Mod Podge or Watered Down Elmer's Glue


  • Paint Brush (cheap)
  • Paper Plate or Tray
  • Painter's Tape
Step 1

I used painter's tape at the top of each of the containers so I would have a pretty straight line all the way around.

Step 2

I do the next steps over a paper plate to catch the excess glitter. It can be put back in the jar and used for another project. Saving money!

Step 3

Working in small sections, I applied the Mod Podge with a cheap paint brush on the glass from the tape below to the bottom of the container. After I had a liberal amount spread, I sprinkled my crystal glitter over the glue until it was covered. I rotated (over the paper plate) and let any glitter that didn't adhere fall onto the plate.

Continue working all the way around the vase until it is covered with the crystal glitter. Mod Podge dries clear and I wanted to be sure it was good and dry before moving on so I let it dry overnight and started again in the morning with the next step.

Step 4

Holding the container over the paper plate, I started applying Mod Podge 2 1/2" below the top of the crystal glitter. I then sprinkled my lighter color of blue on the glue. Working in small sections, I finished this portion and let it dry for about 2 hours.

Step 5

The last step was to add the darkest blue at the bottom of the container. Holding it over a paper plate, apply the adhesive and then sprinkle with the darkest color glitter working your way around the container.

Let dry completely. Overnight is best.

Step 6

Remove the painter's tape, add a candle and you are finished! Here's a shot of them glowing and sparkling in the candle light.

This gives you a sort of gradient or ombre effect to the colors (going from darkest at the bottom to lightest at the top.).

Step 7

Now, to use these as holiday decor, you can add a number of little items that say "Christmas" like:

* Vintage ornaments around the base
* Christmas candy sprinkled around
* A small nutcracker or Santa

If you want to use it just for the winter season, add a faux blanket of snow underneath or a large snowflake in white (or to add a pop of color, choose a more vibrant color like fuschia, lime or red.)

Anyway you slice it, you have some decor that will take you from the day after Thanksgiving to the last day of winter.

You may also like...


I love inexpensive holiday decor that looks expensive. How about you?

  • Follow
    Share to:
    Alert message
  • skiesgreen Jan 02, 2014 @ 11:26 pm
    You always have such great ideas for decorating. Congrats on LOTD and I think you must have a few of these by now. Well done.
  • DecoratingforEvents Jan 02, 2014 @ 11:30 pm
    Thank you ever so much Norma! I really appreciate your kind words. :D
  • hgb282 Dec 09, 2013 @ 11:37 am
    Good inspiration to sparkle things up for Christmas. Thanks
  • LindaWhite Dec 08, 2013 @ 8:02 am
    I have made these and they are beautiful. Easy to make and fun.
  • ayannavenus Dec 08, 2013 @ 3:52 am
    Cool idea ta for sharing
  • TeacherPat Dec 07, 2013 @ 9:10 pm
    Very pretty and looks easy to make.
  • rattie Dec 07, 2013 @ 8:44 pm
    Lovely idea! Thanks for sharing.
  • Janiece Dec 07, 2013 @ 7:06 pm
    Your candle holders are beautiful, and they go great with the tree! Thanks for the idea!
  • CrazyHomemaker Dec 07, 2013 @ 7:02 pm
    Congrats on LOTD. These are really pretty! I love this type of glitter, too. It is so sparkly. Now I'll have another project for this year. Thanks for sharing.
  • Wednesday_Elf Dec 07, 2013 @ 4:12 pm
    These are gorgeous. What a clever idea. A well-done craft tutorial for your winter decor that truly deserves the LotD award. Congratulations~
  • vallain Dec 07, 2013 @ 3:58 pm
    Very pretty!
  • grammieo Dec 07, 2013 @ 1:21 pm
    Nice Job! Wish I could get my act together to do some of these things........
  • Mellithorpe Dec 07, 2013 @ 12:40 pm
    These are beautiful. Just wondering if the candle heat melts the Mod Podge after a while? Thanks for sharing.
  • DecoratingforEvents Dec 07, 2013 @ 2:21 pm
    I like to use LED candles (I used them in the pictures you see) but have used regular candles and never had the Mod Podge melt before... Thanks for asking!
  • d-artist Dec 07, 2013 @ 12:37 pm
    Congratulations on LOTD! Great project.... I love finding sale or dollar store items for making embellished DIY projects...
  • mbgphoto Dec 07, 2013 @ 11:54 am
    These look are so clever. I really appreciate your easy to follow instructions.
  • Sylvestermouse Dec 07, 2013 @ 11:40 am
    ROFLOL! I forgot to say, I love the candle holders! They are really beautiful and an easy craft all of us could enjoy making. Looks like the perfect craft for my family craft time this Christmas!
  • Sylvestermouse Dec 07, 2013 @ 11:37 am
    I always love your suggestions, craft ideas and decorating tips! Your the best! Congratulations on a well deserved LOTD!
  • Starving_Artist Dec 07, 2013 @ 11:20 am
    seems easy to do...thanks
  • Merrci Dec 07, 2013 @ 10:15 am
    Yes! They came out very pretty! What a clever idea. Thanks for sharing this.
  • Ruthi Dec 07, 2013 @ 9:53 am
    Simply lovely! I love the glistening view of this candle display in blue, my favorite color for winter decorating. Thanks for an inexpensive way to use candles and glitter to decorate for the season.
  • partybuzz Dec 07, 2013 @ 9:42 am
    Great idea! Thanks for sharing. It certainly looks easy enough, and not expensive. Congratulations on LotD!
  • Michellle Dec 07, 2013 @ 8:42 am
    Oh how pretty! I was wondering if there is a clear spray to hold the glitter on the jar after it completely dries? Or does Modge Podge keep those rascally sparkles in place. I've had a heck of a time with other glitter crafts leaving a sparkly trail when "finished". Any advice appreciated. Beautiful lens!
  • DecoratingforEvents Dec 07, 2013 @ 11:54 am
    Guess I should add to my last step! After all the glittering is finished, I brush on a layer of Mod Podge -- over all the glitter. It looks white but will dry clear and hold the glitter so it doesn't leave a trail! Good luck!
  • Dec 07, 2013 @ 5:59 am
    yours is a lot easier to do than most i have seen
  • Dec 07, 2013 @ 3:35 am
    Good job
  • discountcopiercenter Dec 07, 2013 @ 12:40 am
    I am in the same platform too. I love the decor which are hand made. It gives me a true satisfaction of my presence in others life when you transfer the same to hand made gifts. Thanks for such a classic collection of decor that too hand made. Awesome idea and truly sparkling. Congratulation on been selected for the Lens Of The Day.
  • DebW07 Dec 07, 2013 @ 12:30 am
  • angsiuta2 Dec 04, 2013 @ 3:41 am
    Awesome Inspirations!
  • Graceonline Dec 04, 2013 @ 12:55 am
    I especially love things my family and I can make ourselves with items we have lying about the house. Excellent ideas and beautiful results. Congratulations on winning the Holiday How-To Monster Quest. Well deserved!
  • scarlettohairy Dec 03, 2013 @ 2:26 pm
    Very sparkly!
  • knowledgetoday Dec 03, 2013 @ 1:35 pm
    I liked your simple and elegant glitter glass idea. I like glitter. Just like the glitter in the snow, you can never have too much for the Christmas season.
  • tonyleather Dec 03, 2013 @ 11:24 am
    These are lovely!