These simple clay Spring Tulip candle holders a very easy craft project perfect for kids to make as a simple spring gift. They are made out of air-drying clay, so you do not need to own or even have access to a clay-firing kiln. Kids and adults can easily make this Spring Tulip craft project for less than $10 per candleholder.
They should take you about 2 hours. There will be drying time in the middle, so count on working on this Spring Tulip candleholder one hour the first day and one hour the second day.
I love these candleholders because the Spring Tulip shape is perfect because they look great on a dinner table, the coffee table, and even on the fireplace mantel.
To Make This Simple Clay Spring Tulip Candle Holder you will need:
Paring knifetapered candle
Acrylic paint or Spray Paint
Clay working tools
The first step is to roll out a thin slab of clay. I recommend going as thin as about 11/4 of an inch. This slab should be at 5 inches by 10 inches.
Now, use your toothpicks to draw out Spring Tulip shape on your clay. This large tulip will need to be able to wrap around your pillar candle. So, you may like to cut your clay out as two spring flowers connected.
If you are having trouble making it you could practice on a scrap piece of art paper.
Take your candle and measure how big around it is. Now, draw out a rectangle on your paper, this should be as wide as you need to reach around your candle and as tall as you want.
Cut the Spring Tulip out then trace it on the clay. Cut this Spring Tulip out with your paring knife.
Now, take your tulip and wrap it around in a cylinder shape, just like a cup.
Work the clay together with your fingers to make it smooth and seamless. You can mist your clay with water to keep it moist and workable.
Now, use your fingers to smooth the entire Spring Tulip, get a great basic shape so you can crave in your designs
Now, uses your toothpicks or even a pencil point to crave, write, or even make dots in your clay Spring Tulip. I love to use clay workings tools too fore this details step. You can find great little wheels that look like a pizza cutter, but they roll designs in your clay.
Once you have finished carving any designs in that Spring Tulip candle votive let it sit out to dry complete.
Now, use your acrylic paint to paint the Spring Tulip shaped candleholder. I love to paint antique white spray paint. This project would be perfect for it. You can do any colors you want though. This is a great candleholder for a romantic diner table, so incorporate some yellow, white, and purple.
Once all of your paint has dried you can spray on a coat of clear acrylic spray paint. This step is important because if any wax melts onto your candleholder you are gang to need to scrape it off. This clear acrylic spay paint will keep you from scratching your paint off.
Now, slip your candle into the pillar candle votive.
Make at least 3 of these candleholders and you can use them almost anywhere!