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Celebrate the season of love with a cute Valentine’s themed frosted DIY candle holder made with your Cricut. A little spray paint, a cute design, and a small glass container is all you need to get started.
I never thought I’d be one of those people who decorated for every holiday. But with my Cricut, making amazing holiday-themed decor is so easy that I end up adding something new every time a holiday rolls around.
And inspiration comes from the strangest places sometimes. Over the holiday break, I reorganized my craft room and found an entire box of red flameless LED tea light candles. I don’t even remember why I bought them in the first place. Probably for a project that I completely forgot about. This happens approximately *checks notes* 42 times a year.
Since there is no time like now, I decided to find a way to use them. And wouldn’t you know, Valentine’s Day is coming up. Boom! The idea for a DIY candle holder was born.
What’s in this post:
Materials Needed for DIY Candle Holder
- Cricut Maker, Explore, or Joy (or another type of machine that can cut vinyl designs)
- A small glass container like a jar or small vase
- Frosted spray paint
- Adhesive vinyl in the color of your choice
- SVG design file
Spray Paint Your Glass Container
First things first, you’ll need to spray paint your container of choice. I’m using a small, square vase that I picked up at the Dollar Tree. The Dollar Tree is a GREAT place to find glass products like vases, mugs, and wine glasses. If you don’t have a Dollar Tree near you, I found a similar vase on Amazon.
I used Rustoleum Imagine Frosted Glass Spray Paint for crafts and hobbies that I picked up at Joann but you could use any brand of frosted spray paint to get the same look. Or this Sea Glass spray paint would look cool too!
This might depend on the brand, but I found that I needed 3 separate coats of spray paint to get the frosted look I wanted. It goes on wet and doesn’t look “frosted” at all at first so don’t overspray or else it will run and not look smooth. Just give it a nice even coat like you normally would with regular spray paint and let it fully dry in between coats.
Here’s what it looks like after 3 coats of frosted spray paint.
Upload Your SVG File to Design Space and Cut
The file I’m using for this project will be free to download until February 4. After that, it will be available in the shop starting at $2.50 for a personal use license.
If you’re using my file, you’ll need to unzip it first since you can’t upload a ZIP file to Design Space. I provide several different file formats for each of my designs so you can use them in a variety of projects. For this project, you’ll need to use the SVG file.
Open Cricut Design Space and start a new project. Click the upload button on the lower left of the screen and then Upload Image. See How To Upload SVG Files to Cricut Design Space Like a Boss for more in-depth info on uploading SVG files to Design Space.
Once the design is on your canvas, you’ll want to resize it so it fits on your vase or container. I’m using a 3-inch square vase but the design isn’t a perfect square. In order for it to fit on my vase, I’ll need to change the largest dimension (in this case, the width) so it’s just under 3 inches. Make sure the padlock is closed so the design will resize proportionally and not get skewed.
Once you’ve resized it to fit your container, you’re ready to cut! This design was created so that everything is already attached and will cut just as it’s displayed on the screen. Hit Make It and prepare your cutting mat. There’s nothing to change on the Prepare mat screen so you can hit continue.
If you’re using the Cricut Maker, you’ll need to select Vinyl from the materials list. If you’re using the Cricut Explore, turn the dial on the machine to Vinyl.
Load your mat and hit the flashing Cricut symbol on the machine to cut your design.
Weed The Design and Apply Transfer Tape
Once the machine has finished cutting, unload the mat and weed the extra vinyl from the design. Don’t forget to remove the word Love and the little hearts that are in the big heart!
Next, cut a piece of transfer tape big enough to cover your design. Use the scraper tool or the brayer to burnish the design to the transfer tape.
Peel the transfer tape away from the paper backing, making sure the entire design is on the transfer tape.
Add the Design to the Surface
My container has a flat surface so I just need to center the design and place the transfer tape on the glass. Use the scraper tool to adhere the vinyl to the surface. Slowly peel the transfer tape away from the glass, making sure the vinyl has fully adhered to the surface.
Put a candle inside your container and create a little romantic ambiance with your Valentine’s decor!