Easy Pebble Votives Tutorial
I’m one of those lighting people. You know the type. If it’s day time all of the curtains have to be open so that the house is as light and bright as possible. At night, I like mood lighting. In fact, I used to collect little animal shaped tiffany lamps and I’d turn off all of the lights and only have my little frogs, kittens and turtles glowing.
So when I saw these pretty little glass pebbles in the home decor aisle at Wal-Mart, I first thought of how pretty light would be coming through them. I tossed them in the cart with little thought and grabbed a little 97 cent candle holder while I was at it. Want to make your own? Let’s get it…
For this project you will need:
- glass pebbles (Wal-Mart about $4)
- glass votive holder (Wal-Mart about $5)
- votive (Wal-Mart about $1)
I sat here for a while trying to figure this out when I decided just to do it. Seriously, don’t worry about messing up and just start gluing these suckers on.
I didn’t plan out the pieces, I just grabbed and glued and it worked really well for me. In some of the more awkward places I’d fish out a piece that would be perfect, but for the most art I just decided to go with the flow.
You can’t tell but I’m actually going around and around the votive to keep the weight even. If you try to go down one side and move over it’s going to be weighted on that side and difficult to hold up. Keep going all the way to the bottom but make sure that no pebbles go further than the resting bottom of the glass.
As you go around, use the glue to fill in any awkward places you just can’t get a stone to fill in. From a distance it will just look like a clear stone, anyway.
To finish up, take your smaller pebbles and go along the top rim to cover up the visible glass edge. Use your small stones to also fill in any areas at the bottom that look weird when you eyeball it straight on.
And this is what she looks like when complete. Check out all of those hot glue strands! You can remove most by hand, which is what I did.
In hindsight I think I should have also hit it with a blow-dryer quickly to help rid it of the little strands I didn’t see until I zoomed in on the pictures I took.
And there is my pretty pebble votive all lit up. Just so you know, not that you’d care, but I took these pics in my bathroom and for whatever reason felt like I needed to scrub it top to bottom before photographing in there. Like you’d be offended that it had been two days since the tub was last scrubbed in the vicinity of my lit up votive craft. Oh, well. Off to enjoy a bath in my sparkling tub.