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Glass Bead Vase / Candle Holder

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This project was only around $6 for the supplies needed. I posted an inspiration picture in Discussions/Ask Question (A new feature at Hometalk, I highly recommend that you check it out!) It was of a vase or candle holder that was in a vacation rental that we were at 4 years ago. I have always intended to try to recreate a version of it but never got around to it. I really wanted to give it a try but wasn't sure how to go about it. It was simply made with beads but it was so pretty and unique. I loved it! I posted the picture for inspiration in that forum to the whole Hometalk community and the next thing I knew, I was super motivated to make it and I was being encouraged by other Hometalkers. If you want to see the post that lead to this tutorial, you can find it here... http://www.hometalk.com/27511630/e-seed-bead-...
Time: 1 Days Cost: $6 Difficulty: Easy
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I went to Walmart to see if I could find something small and inexpensive to experiment on. If this turned out to be a total fail, I didn't want to have invested a lot of money. 74 cents... that seemed ok, even better than the Dollar Store.
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I also bought some beads. I had some at home but wasn't sure if I could find them and these were very budget friendly. I bought 3 different colors.
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Here are the items that I started with... Modge Podge (Matte), Dylusions Spray in Vibrant Turquoise, my 3 types of beads and the candle holders. I ended up using Mod Podge Hard Coat because my Matte was old and gloppy. I tried to tell where the Matte had been and where the Hard Coat was and I couldn't tell so I think you can use either successfully.
Here is a picture of one of the decor items that I wanted to recreate...
And this is the other...
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I poured some Mod Podge in a plastic cup and sprayed in some Dylusions Spray.
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I stirred it with a Popsicle stick.
  • seed bead vase candle holder and more, gardening
I began at the bottom with the candle holder inverted on a small craft paint container.
  • seed bead vase candle holder and more, gardening
I used a paint brush to spread the paint down the glass. Since it was the bottom, I decided not to start with my newly purchased beads, just some that were hanging around the craft room. At this point, I wasn't sure it would work and I didn't want to waste my new beads. And to my surprise, it worked.
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I found it helpful to lay it on its side with something inside to hold it and press the beads with a popsicle stick. Whenever I used my finger, they would stick to my finger and come off... every single time...
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I tried to work in small areas and let it dry. Sometimes they needed some structure below and beside them to stay in place with the wet glue. In this picture, I added some tinted Mod Podge to some "holes"... Every thing around this area was dry and allowed structure for the new beads that I would sprinkle in.
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Here the beads have been added and the "holes" filled in. Once it is dry, I will rotate and fill in the next area until I have the look that I want. Rotating the glass candleholder as it drys. If you look very closely at the bottom of this picture there is a teeny tiny red seed bead that came from somewhere... it is there to stay, I CAN'T GET IT OFF. I didn't notice it until it was dried in place.
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It didn't come out looking like my inspiration piece but I love it! I think all in, this project probably was around $6. And to me it is a priceless one-of-kind piece of art that I created.
I also made the space saving (completely breaks down to fit in a small space) and convertible (floor can be the wall and visa versa) backdrop that you see in this last picture. If you think a portable backdrop tutorial would be of interest, just comment below and I will post one.
Here is a small snippet of my process...
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Here is a shot of a tea light candle inside in the top left picture... One container of beads came VERY close to covering the entire surface of the candle holder. I love peeking inside and seeing that the inside is as pretty as the outside.

Materials I used for this project:

  • Candle holder   (Walmart)
  • Seed beads   (Walmart)
  • Mod Podge   (Michaels)
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Ask the creator about this project

  • Nicolette Spargo
    Nicolette Spargo New York, NY
    on Feb 10, 2017

    This turned out beautiful! So happy you decided to do it!!

  • Teresa
    Teresa Canada
    on Feb 12, 2017

    I love the colours you used on this and it o pretty!

  • Elizabeth @ Creating Rustic Charm
    Elizabeth @ Creating Rustic Charm Green Bay, WI
    on Feb 12, 2017

    These turned out so cute! I will have to do something like this with the grandkids! Thanks for the idea!!

  • Steven Arnold
    Steven Arnold Buffalo, NY
    on Feb 12, 2017

    Nice Stacy..

    • Stacy Davis
      Stacy Davis
      on Feb 12, 2017

      Thanks! Steve! It was really nice meeting you. I love your profile pic, a very lovely family.

  • Steven Arnold
    Steven Arnold Buffalo, NY
    on Feb 13, 2017

    Old pic but fun. People like you inspire me. I joined the facebook silhouette page we talked about. I like that alot. Nice ideas, thanks for the suggestion.

    • Stacy Davis
      Stacy Davis
      on Feb 13, 2017

      Glad you like it! I always find inspiration there. I love your signs and I intend to try your tips the next time I make a wood sign. Thank you!

  • Hillela G.
    Hillela G.
    on Feb 16, 2017

    I LOVE it!!!

  • Hillela G.
    Hillela G.
    on Feb 16, 2017

    The video is so helpful, thank you!!!

  • Susan Jochem Leckington
    Susan Jochem Leckington
    on Feb 18, 2017

    Wondering if the beads/glue and colorizing withstand the heat of the candle once it is lit? Has anyone gone that far?

    • Stacy Davis
      Stacy Davis
      on Feb 19, 2017

      I put a tea light candle in it with no problems but those candles don't get very hot. I have been meaning to try another candle but haven't yet. I will let you know when I do it.

  • Marj
    Marj Canada
    on Feb 18, 2017

    Stacy,,I like that a lot! Well done. I love the colours you chose and might give it a try, too. Yes, even that teeny tiny red bead is nice! LOL

    • Marj
      Marj Canada
      on Feb 21, 2017

      I did too, Stacy! It was so much fun. I hope you didn't get caught in all that snow NYC got a couple of days later.

  • Theduke1234
    Theduke1234
    on Feb 18, 2017

    Very pretty project!! That one red bead is the Keystone to your votive......:))

  • Littlemomma2005711
    Littlemomma2005711
    on Feb 18, 2017

    Very beautiful and creative!!

  • Cookiep46
    Cookiep46
    on Feb 18, 2017

    you can make every season i can't wait to try....In Florida now so i need some shells. thank you

  • Ginnylou.blakley
    Ginnylou.blakley
    on Feb 18, 2017

    Beautiful!,🐞

  • Steph knepper
    Steph knepper Saint Petersburg, FL
    on Feb 18, 2017

    LOVE this! How creative...what a fun project. Thank you for the inspiration.

  • Kay
    Kay Australia
    on Feb 18, 2017

    Kay Adelaide S.A. A great project, stunning, thanks for sharing. You can allso do something similar useing glitter and decals you have cut out. I was given some wine glasses for my 60 Birthday. The glasses had Roses on them. The glitter is filled in around the Roses. The tops of the wine glasses had glitter on them allso to make them look frosted. A bow was then tied to each stem. They are quite stunning. A good glue for this project is Plaid Royale Coat as it dry 's clear. You can even use it to get a frosted look on glass. It is used a lot for sealing decals to.

  • Deborah Fox
    Deborah Fox
    on Feb 18, 2017

    I don't really like candles or candleholders but this is beautiful and I'm going to try it and get a little battery tealight! VERY creative!

    • Stacy Davis
      Stacy Davis
      on Feb 19, 2017

      Thank you!!!! I also thought it would work to hold buttons. rings and loose change.

  • Helene Katz
    Helene Katz New York, NY
    on Feb 18, 2017

    Love it!

  • Lynn Murrhee
    Lynn Murrhee Albany, GA
    on Feb 18, 2017

    This came out very nice. The red bead adds character. When I buy beaded tops, there is always one off color bead, I asked them why. I was told that God is the only one that is perfect. I do love this idea. Thank you for sharing.

    • Stacy Davis
      Stacy Davis
      on Feb 19, 2017

      Thank you!!!! I am so glad you shared that about the beads... now whenever I see something unique, I will remember that.

  • Michele
    Michele West Islip, NY
    on Feb 18, 2017

    Beautiful ! I'll be trying this today. Thank you.

  • Kristin
    Kristin York Harbor, ME
    on Feb 18, 2017

    How fun. I would be interested in seeing your backdrop.

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