Our coronavirus coverage is free for the first 24 hours. Find the latest information at Please consider subscribing or donating.

  1. Archive

Garden Party Candles

Turn a clear glass candleholder into a mosaic holder. This project was designed by Michelle Gregory for Krylon.

What you'll need:

3 clear glass candleholders

Krylon Make It Pearl paint, any three colors

Krylon Leafing Pen, any color (gold, silver, copper)

Clear Contact paper


How to do it:

1. Wash and dry candleholders thoroughly. Set aside.

2. Cut three sheets of Contact paper about 10 inches square. (This may vary depending on size of candleholders.)

3. Place all three sheets paper-side down and anchor the corners to prevent curling. Spray each piece of Contact paper with a different color of Pearl paint. Let dry.

4. Turn painted sheets over. There is a half-inch grid pattern on the paper side of the Contact paper. Cut the sheets into half-inch strips.

5. For each candleholder, use three colors of painted paper. Remove the backing from several strips of each color to reveal the sticky side. Anchor an edge of each strip onto the edge of your work surface, leaving the rest of the strip hanging down. (Hint: This step will make your mosaic work go faster.)

6. Snip several half-inch squares from one color and place near the top edge of the candleholder, spaced slightly apart. This type of mosaic work is not an exact art, so your squares and spacing should vary slightly in size. Referring to the photo, use squares of all 3 colors to finish the first row.

7. When you start the second row, and each row thereafter, be sure to leave a little space between rows and try to place squares so they do not line up exactly with squares above them. Refer to photo for example.

8. After you have completed all rows, be sure that all edges of the squares are adhered to the surface. With the leafing pen, fill in all the clear spaces on the glass. From time to time, you will need to press the tip of the pen down for more paint. Have a scrap piece of paper or cardboard ready for this purpose. Keep a lot of paint on the tip so that stroke marks aren't visible. Let dry.