Stained Santa Votives at Mom Spark!

December 3, 2013Allison Murray
Isn't this little Santa's belt jar too cute? Super easy to make, too!


As much as I hate to admit it, I have my fair share of craft fails. Sometimes it’s no big deal… I glue something onto something else and learn that glue apparently doesn’t work that way when I pick it up and everything comes sliding off… But that’s okay because it’s a learning experience. And when it’s just a little cheapie something or another, well, that’s just the way things go sometimes, isn’t it?

But when you’ve got 40 glass Christmas ornaments in the oven and something terrible goes awry it’s incredibly frustrating. And if you’re wondering I did several testers to until the ornament worked well, but apparently the situation changes when you have tons in the oven. It would appear that my single success was the exception and not the rule!

Yep, this super cute stained Santa votive wasn’t the intended project to be sharing at Mom Spark this week, but guess what… it’s the one that worked :) Apparently there is something about the Mod Podge and food coloring mix that doesn’t work quite as well on glass ornaments as it does on mason jars. Perhaps it is the shape? Maybe the glass is smoother? But for whatever reason, almost all of it settles to the bottom where you get a really thick covering and faintly tinted sides. Oh, and if you turn them upside down, well, it just all rolls out onto the bottom of your oven. Luckily I thought to put a sheet underneath before that little experiment or I might have had a little kitchen fire on my hands.


Now these super cute Santa votives were on the slate already so I figured two birds, meet one stone. And when my ornaments flopped big time I finished this project up and I was so happy. Because in my head this was sort of cute and the other project was genius. But guess what, my brilliant idea flopped and my just okay idea turned out to be adorable. Just goes to show you that you never can tell how something handmade is going to turn out until you actually make it.

But I’m not defeated simply because I ruined a whole bunch of crafting supplies needlessly. Sometimes these things, well, they just happen. It’s happened before and it will happen again. So don’t give up when you encounter a craft fail. They’re going to happen no matter what!

So head on over to Mom Spark to see how to make my craft super success! Stained Santa’s Belt Glass Votives Tutorial at Mom Spark!

Comments (3)

  • Meeha Meeha

    December 3, 2013 at 2:37 PM

    Too cute! I especially like the frosting on top – and I think that’s actually Santas’s beard :))

    1. Allison

      December 9, 2013 at 12:17 PM

      It is Santa’s beard :)

  • Amy @ Homey Oh My!

    December 3, 2013 at 8:29 PM

    Preach! Crafting fails happen way more often than many might think. Sometimes it’ll lead me down a more resourceful path and I end up with something different but still cool, but most times it knocks me over the side of my head and puts me behind on putting up a post :\. You’re right though, it just happens, and it’s all part of the process. STILL, I love what you came up with instead! SUPER cute votive indeed. I tried that glass staining technique on a vase and it was a MAJOR fail, almost exactly like how you described what happened with your ornaments. I don’t know what it is!

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