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DIY Picture Votives

Pretty as a Picture: Candle Votives

Showcase your favorite pictures, and make these chic photo votives that look so pretty when glowing. This DIY is easier than you think to put together and hardly costs anything. Use square-shaped candle holders from the dollar store, and you're on your way to a really special decoration for your home or a memorable homemade gift. And you can use regular printing paper and your home printer to create the finished votives.

Keep reading for the DIY.

What You'll Need:

  • Four pictures
  • Ruler
  • Square-shaped votive
  • Scissors
  • Newspaper
  • Tape
  • Spray adhesive
  • Clear spray sealant


  1. Start by selecting four of your favorite pictures to use for creating the votive. You can use black and white pictures or ones with vibrant color; both create chic results. Use a ruler to measure one side of the votive, and print your pictures to fit the candleholder.
  1. Trim the pictures to fit the sides of the candle, and then double check the sizing. Protect your worktable with a newspaper, flip over the votive, cover the bottom with tape, and give the sides a quick coat of spray adhesive. Now carefully position the pictures on the sides of the votive and let things dry for at least an hour before the next step.
  1. Take the dry votives outdoors or to a well-ventilated area, and place upside down on a newspaper-protected area. Give the candleholder a light coat of sealant, then touch up as needed.
  1. Once dry, pop a tea light in the finished votives, and enjoy the glowing pictures.
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