4th of July DIY candle holders – So Simple Even Your Kids Can Do It

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These red and blue DIY candle holders are quick and easy home décor craft you can make in a matter of minutes to add some patriotic charm to any room of your house.

DIY candle holders

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Decorating for the holidays can be so much fun! And when you have a Cricut, it’s so easy to add some holiday flair to your home’s décor with a bunch of lovely DIY candle holders. This summer, give your house a patriotic look with the help of some dollar store candle holders and your cutting machine. Making a patriotic candle holder with these simple supplies is so easy and fun, even kids can do it!

What Supplies do you need for these candle holder ideas?

Creating your own DIY candle holders is a simple way to add some festivity to your home’s décor this summer. And the best part about this simple craft is that you can use whatever supplies you have on hand! There are a variety of different ways you can use my patriotic graphics to create a fun red, white, and blue decoration for your home.

To make this simple summer craft, you’ll need:

  • Patriotic SVGs. The first step is to download my patriotic SVG files to create your own 4th of July décor. The file includes two different designs you can use to create your own candle holders at home.
  • Candle jars or candle holders. You can use plain candle holders to create this craft or simply add the SVG file to candle jars. The clear glass votive holders I used can be found at Dollar Tree. Or remove the label from one of your favorite scented candles and add the vinyl directly to the jar.
  • Candles. Add to the patriotic look of your candle holders by using red and blue star-shaped candles. These candles can be found at Dollar Tree. But if your store doesn’t have them, plain votive candles would also work.
  • Cricut machine. 
  • Red and blue vinyl. To create a more patriotic look for your candles, try layering red and blue vinyl on your votive holders. But if you find layering vinyl a bit too complicated, you can also use one solid color for your patriotic design.
  • Transfer tape.

DIY votive candle holders

What Kind of Vinyl do You Use for these DIY votive candle holders?

The type of vinyl you use on your candle jars will depend on the look you’re going for. Everyday vinyl (not heat transfer vinyl) is the best option for decorating glass. But you could use a variety of different types of everyday vinyl to decorate your jars. Matte, shiny, or even metallic vinyl would work well for this simple project.

How Do You Get Vinyl to Stick to Glass?

While I mentioned that the type of vinyl you use to decorate your jars doesn’t really matter, you might be questioning that statement if you tried to transfer your vinyl to your jar without cleaning it first. Most glass jars, like the candle holders from the dollar store, feature a waxy coating on the outside to keep fingerprints from showing up on the glass.

Before you can transfer your vinyl to your candle holders, you need to clean them with acetone (nail polish remover). Simply add a little bit of acetone to a paper towel and rub it all over the surface where you’ll place your vinyl. Allow the area to dry completely – which should only take a few seconds – then place the vinyl on the glass.

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What Is the Easiest Way to Layer Vinyl?

Creating a design with two different colors of vinyl may seem a little bit intimidating if you’ve never layered vinyl before. But it’s actually a pretty easy process once you figure it out! There are a few steps you need to take to ensure your layered project looks amazing:

  • Plan before you cut. You’ll need to know which elements of the design will be which color, and that means you need to plan before you make your cut. Start by editing the design in Design Space by adding the correct color to each element of the design.
  • Group colors together. After you have your colors added to your design, you’ll need to group the similar colors together by using the weld feature. The simplest way to do that is to hide all the layers of the design that are not that color. For example, to group all the blue elements of the design together, hide all the parts of the design that are red by clicking the small eye next to each red layer. When all those layers are hidden, select all the blue elements and weld them together. Then, repeat the process with the next color.
  • Transfer the largest part of the design first. Once you have your designs cut on each color of vinyl, take a look at each element of the design. Start by transferring the largest part of the design to your work surface. Once that section is centered, remove the transfer tape and add smaller elements one at a time until all the pieces have been transferred.

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DIY candle holder ideas

Patriotic candle holder

Supplies:

Instructions:

  1. Clean the side of the glass candle holder where the vinyl will go with acetone and allow to dry completely.
  2. Upload the patriotic SVGs in Design Space.
  3. Use the color tool to change the color of each element you want to be red and blue.
  4. Hide all the red elements of the design using the eye icon next to the element in the right menu.
  5. Select all the blue elements and weld them together.
  6. Show all the red elements of the design and hide all the blue elements. Select the red elements and weld them together.
  7. Hit the Make It button and load the color vinyl displayed first on the screen onto your cutting mat. Cut the design.
  8. Remove the vinyl from the cutting mat and place the next color on the mat. Cut the design.
  9. Use your weeding tool to remove the extra vinyl from around each design.
  10. Place transfer tape on top of each design and transfer one color to the front of the glass candle holder. Then, transfer the other color to the candle holder, making sure to center the design before pressing it in place.
  11. Place the star candles inside each candle holder.

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These red and blue DIY candle holders are quick and easy home décor craft you can make in a matter of minutes to add some patriotic charm to any room of your house.
Prep Time5 minutes
Active Time10 minutes
Total Time15 minutes
Category: Craft
Region: American
Keyword: diy candle holders, diy votive candle holders, patriotic candle holders
Yields: 2 candles
Author: Petro

Tools

  • Transfer tape
  • Acetone

Instructions

  • Clean the side of the glass candle holder where the vinyl will go with acetone and allow to dry completely.
  • Upload the patriotic SVGs in Design Space.
  • Use the color tool to change the color of each element you want to be red and blue.
  • Hide all the red elements of the design using the eye icon next to the element in the right menu. Select all the blue elements and weld them together.
  • Show all the red elements of the design and hide all the blue elements. Select the red elements and weld them together.
  • Hit the Make It button and load the color vinyl displayed first on the screen onto your cutting mat. Cut the design.
  • Remove the vinyl from the cutting mat and place the next color on the mat. Cut the design.
  • Use your weeding tool to remove the extra vinyl from around each design.
  • Place transfer tape on top of each design.
  • Transfer one color to the front of the glass candle holder. Then, transfer the other color to the candle holder, making sure to center the design before pressing it in place.
  • Place the star candles inside each candle holder.
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  1. What a super fun idea! I can’t wait to try these. Hope to see more holiday ideas over the next few months!