Once upon a time the lovely Miss Gondola posted a DIY tutorial about glitter jars and I thought to myself, Self—I’m going to take her awesome DIY and use it on my own project and it will be awesome too!
Famous. Last. Words.
Have you ever had a project that just wouldn’t end? That’s exactly what this one was.
It’s not that this project was difficult or even that time consuming; it wasn’t actually. I finished the first batch of votive holders while Mr. Orchard was cooking dinner one night (he’s the best!). But then I let the project sit…and sit some more…and sit. Until I finally hauled my ass to Michaels to pick up the rest of the glitter I would need to finish the project.
Which would have been fine…
If they hadn’t discontinued the color I had been using because I waited THAT long to finish them. Why you gotta do me that way, Martha?
Sigh. If anyone spots a bottle of Martha Stewart rose quartz glitter, don’t tell me about it because I finally accepted defeat and came up with a new plan.
But I’m getting ahead of myself.
Using Gondola’s suggested tutorial I Mod-Podge’d my votive holders, glittered, rotated, shook, and dried.
The necessary tools. Goodbye, rose quartz…you will be missed. / Personal photo
Mr. Orchard suggested only glittering the bottom half of the votive holders to allow more of the candlelight to come through. I imagine that if I had planned a little better I may have been able to get a clean line using painter’s tape, but I couldn’t imagine trying to tape off a straight line in the little opening of the votive holder so I didn’t even try it. I free handed it…and you know what, it worked out really well for the most part, but then I needed to seal the glitter in and then things got a little…streaky.
One my way, one his… / Personal photo
I had to do 144 of these…then I had to do them all again. Wahhh! At least they all look pretty from above. / Personal photo
The one in the middle of the bottom picture is a perfect example of how much of a fail covering only the bottom half of the holder was. (And note the streaks. Booooo.)
No. Not cute.
I decided to return to my original plan to paint the entire holder (as you can see on the left). The light would bounce off the glitter, which would hopefully make them sparkle even if it didn’t let as much light out. I felt bad not using Mr. Orchard’s idea in the end, but turns out, he could care less!
Still, I had some votive holders that already had beautiful pink bottoms and I didn’t want to lose the color…I discovered I could peel out the old glitter if I absolutely had too. Then, Mr. Orchard suggested making the pink ones two-toned…I figured it was my best bet. I tried it on one and didn’t hate it so I decided to keep going.
I finally finished these little goodies this weekend thanks to the help of Mr. O’s mama and MOH R. We created an assembly line to glitter the top halves of the votive holders and I sealed them all last night. Whew.
Done at last. Can I get a hallelujah?!
Here’s what I’ve learned during this process:
Have you ever had a project that just wouldn’t end?