Homemade votive candle holders for Valentines Day – an easy homemade Valentines craft for preschoolers to make and give.
We love crafting for Valentine’s Day here in my home daycare. The hooligans love making something special to give their moms and dads for Valentine’s day, and we just love being surrounded by all the red and pink crafts supplies as we craft our way to Valentine’s day.
If you’re looking for a sweet gift for your little one to make for Valentine’s Day, these Valentine’s Votives are easy to make, and the supply list is very basic.
- glass jar
- Mod Podge (or white glue, slightly watered down)
- paint brushes (sponge brushes work well)
- tissue paper cut/torn into 1 inch squares
If you’re using Mod Podge, you can get started right away. If you’re using white glue, you’ll first need to mix a little water into it. Not a lot. Just enough to make it a bit thinner and runnier than it usually is.
How to make our Valentines Votives:
The hooligans started by coating their jars with a layer of glue. We used sponge brushes for this. They’re great for soaking up and spreading the glue around, but I’m sure a regular paintbrush would be just fine.
Once their jars were covered in glue, the girls pressed squares of tissue paper into the glue covering their jars until they were satisfied with their project.
Don’t worry if the tissue paper is wrinkled or even if it gets torn. Imperfections add character, and these votives will look beautiful no matter how the tissue paper is applied.
You may have to help really young ones with this final step: With a little glue on the brush, gently tap down any pieces of tissue paper that are sticking out from the glass. This puts a final coat on the jar as well, sealing everything, and adding some shine.
We set our jars on a cookie rack to dry, and after a couple of hours, we popped a tea light into each of them, and tried them out!
You may also enjoy:
- Valentines Hearts with Sharpies and Alcohol
- Milk Carton Valentines Village
- 2-Ingredient Clay Dough Sparkly Hearts
- 10 Valentines Cards for Kids to Make
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Jackie is a mom, wife, home daycare provider, and the creative spirit behind Happy Hooligans. She specializes in kids’ crafts and activities, easy recipes, and parenting. She began blogging in 2011, and today, Happy Hooligans inspires more than 2 million parents, caregivers and Early Years Professionals all over the globe.
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I should make one of these with the kids to go with the beeswax heart candles they made. They’re really cute!
These are adorable! I have a playgroup meeting on Tuesday, with 12-24 month olds. I think they will need some help but want to try this with them!!!
They look wonderful, a great idea, something my granddaughter might like to make today. I wonder if you could use tissue paper, I have heaps of that. “)
lol I thought it was made out of crepe paper, until I read it again, Oh well I just woke up and it is early. So that is my excuse. ha! ha! ha!
Hehe. I was just popping in to say “YES, Yvonne, it IS tissue paper.” LOL Crepe paper might be nice too though. Hmmmm….
I just stumbled across your blog via facebook and your crafts/activities are genius!!!! simple enough where they arent overwhelming and all adorable!!! I have a million ideas in my head for my 2 and 7 yr olds now thanks to you 🙂
Welcome, Kate! I’m so glad you’ve found us! Yep. I like to keep ’em simple but cute here, so I hope you’ll stick around!
Do you have a link for the specific hexagon jars that were used here? Alternatively, do you know the size of them?
Thanks! I love your blog and am so appreciative. I am not creative at all.
I emailed you, but I’ll put it here as well in case anyone else is wondering. It’s a 4oz. hexagon preserving jar. You can find them on Amazon. You may also find jam in your grocery store that comes in jars like this.