Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Make Lotus Candle Holders in 5 Minutes!

If you know me by now, you know that I am obsessed with making any and everything into either a garden planter or a candle holder. I do not know where this infatuation came from but it's fun. I enjoy it. I love flickering candle lights and cozy gardens. There is something so magical about them both, especially on a summer night. Here is just another one of my ideas that suprisingly came out great! You will not believe how easy this one was...

Things you will need:
  1. Super Sculpey or any baking clay
  2.  Cubcake pan
  3. Flower cookie cutter about 3.5 or 3.75 inches inches in diameter (I stretched mine out)
  4. Rolling pin
  5. Cooking spray 

Find a flower cookie cutter big enough to cover the size of the cupcake pan's bottom. About 3 inches in diameter or more. Roll out your clay in to a thin sheet and make your cut outs.
Use cooking spray to lightly coat the bottom of your cupcake pan. The flowers will be molded on the bottom of this pan. I have seen cookies baked this way and it's the coolest thing!
Anyway, this is my cookie cutter (never used it for cookies) it is big enough to cover the bottom of the cupcake pan and more. If yours is not big enough, try stretching it out, making it wider in diameter.
Place one layer over the cupcake pan's bottom and paste to the sides gently. Add another layer offsetting the petals in between the first layer. Paste that one also gently to the sides of the cupcake pan thingy.
See below. Add a third layer of petals and leave flared. Do not paste the petals against the sides. This will give your 'lotus' an opened look. Bend a few of the petals for a more realistic look.
Press all three layers down firmly. This kinda fuses them together and by doing this, it thins the clay out in that area, therefore making/pushing your petals longer down the sides...On the right pic-I took a pointy skewer and make a quick, silly design. I realized that I could have made some designs on the flat petals before I placed them on the pan.
Follow the instructions on the box/brand of clay that you use. For this, I baked it at 300ยบ for about fifteen minutes. It was still rubbery when I took it out of the oven but after ten minutes it hardened.
After it cools and hardens, gently remove...As you can see the colors were starting to change/burn. That's usually a good sign that it is done baking :)
I absolutely LOVED how they turned out. I prefered the natural color shown below but I wanted to use some of my awesome, neglected paints and spray paints. I recently cleaned out my craft area and found so many paints that I forgot I had.
Aren't they adorable?
At first, I wanted the flower painted like a real lotus...it looked pretty good but way too 'normal' and not the look I was going for. I wanted it to be a bit more modern and chic.
I took it outside onto my little porch and sprayed some metallic silver on it-just a mist. 
I then decided to spray all of it...this can get very addictive. The metallic paint looked really, silver! I wanted to spray paint just about everything in our home silver! 
You can kinda see my entire thought process during this project: So, then I thought, the silver looked pretty but I wanted to use my gold spray paint now. I was curious to see how that looked! I lightly sprayed the top of the clay flower in gold (hold about twelve inches away). It is now a mixture of silver and gold. Love it. I stopped myself from using yet another color. This was it.
Imagine these little things all over your garden for a summer night's party or wedding? They cost next to nothing to make and they are beautiful.
I used regular tea-lights. They fit perfectly.You can get bulk tea-lights from IKEA. Very cheap.
There is room for a bigger/fatter candle...
Please leave me a comment or question.
These literally took about 5 minutes to make-baking time is additional...

Links to buy this Cookie Cutter Set
Here is a FREE PDF to print. Cut out the shapes and use as a template for your lotus if you do not have a similar cookie cutter. I drew 2 versions. Each has 3 different sizes. I used the larger flower (3.75 inch) to make this project. Print at actual size setting.
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  1. Trish ..I LOVE this .. Me and you both go crazy over garden and candle stuff .. This is an amazing craft .. Fun and cheap .. Great job

    1. Awe,thanks Sis...both our homes are filled with candle holders and plants haha-it's never enough!

  2. I really love the idea!!!!! Thank you, it will be useful for me too! :)

  3. Is there a particular paint you use that it's safe to burn candles on?

    Thanks. What a terrific idea! I plan to make red and green ones as party favors for Christmas. Oh, and silver and gold ones too!

  4. Hey there, any acrylic paint is fine since this holder is not enclosed.-thanks for your comment:)

  5. Thank you , I will make same this soon ..

  6. Love this, thanks for sharing!

  7. Oh my goodness, I love this idea. What a great favor for a wedding. Thanks so much for the idea.

  8. Wow. What a wonderful and easy gift idea. Thanks so much for sharing.

  9. Do you think these would float?

  10. Just be careful, as cured Sculpey is flammable. I'd suggest placing a glass votive holder inside as a precaution. :)


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