Happy Valentine's Day! Today I am sharing a little something my kiddos and I whipped up for the grandparents. This was a really simple and inexpensive gift to make, and turned out pretty cute.
First the kids and I took a trip to the dollar store. We picked up some of these little candle votives. In hindsight, I wish I had bought circular ones instead. The kids picked out some candles to go inside them as well. We bought 3 of each so total cost of this project was $6 and it made gifts for 3 people.
At home I picked a picture of all my kids and played with it on Picmonkey until I had it the way I liked it. I added a heart cut out and the wording "Light of My Life" with the date. Next I printed it out on just regular computer paper in wallet size. It fit almost perfectly on the votive. I had originally wanted to do it on a vellum paper so that you would see the candle through it, but I didn't have any, so I just used what was on hand.
Next I made some homemade Modge Podge using 1 part Elmers School Glue and 1 part water. I just put it into an old baby food jar and shook it up. Then I painted the label onto the votive.
After the first coat, I noticed that the homemade Modge Podge had dried on the glass making it look frosted, so I went back and painted all of the glass. I really liked the effect. When doing this be really careful not to drip, it will show when it dries. Also make sure each coat dries completely before applying the next coat. The color in my picture did fade slightly from the acid in the glue, but I actually kind of like the way it looked.
If I do this again I may try printing the picture on photo paper and laminating it then gluing it to a wide ribbon. I think that would work well and be really pretty too.
What gifts did you make this valentine's day?
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