Want to add a piece of art to your desk or bookshelf? Make one of these beautiful paperweights for yourself or as a quick and easy handmade gift. These paperweights, made with decoupage and a glass candle votive, are so simple.
Shallow, glass candle holders
Mod Podge (gloss or satin formula)
Pourable resin (and any needed materials to mix like: disposable container, gloves, Wooden stick, etc.)
Find a round object that is a similar size to the circular inset of the candle. Trace a circle around the item and cut the shape out to fit inside the glass candleholder. Trim a strip of paper that will line the sides for the hole in the glass.
Brush a thick layer of Mod Podge on the interior areas of the glass. Press the two pieces of paper (the circle and the strip) onto the glass, with the back of the paper facing you (the ‘good’ side should be facing outward through the glass).
Smooth out any bubbles (they will be easy to see when you look through the glass).
Once that dries, apply another thick coat of Mod Podge on top of the paper. Allow that to dry completely.
NOTE: You can technically stop at this point and you will have a pretty, decorated piece of glass that will function as a paperweight. I chose to go a little further and fill that open cavity with resin so that the piece looked more finished. Adding the resin also added more weight to the object, making it feel like a heavy piece of glass.
Set up an area to pour your resin that is well ventilated. Read the directions on the box carefully. Wear the proper advised protection. Mix the resin in a disposable container by using the two chemicals provided as directed by the manufacturer. The brand I used advised a 1:1 ratio. Stir and whip the mixture thoroughly (for about 2 minutes) and pour that solution immediately into the cavities of the candleholders.
The resin mixture is self-leveling and bubbles will rise to the top on their own. But you can help eliminate the bubbles by breathing over the surface or using a propane torch. (The carbon dioxide, not heat is what helps release the trapped air.) Allow the resin to harden and cure for at least 48 hours.
Admire your pretty, new piece of “glass”!