Valentine Craft: Faux Stained Glass Candle Holder

Did you know your kids can make an awesome “stained glass” candle holder with colorful tissue paper? They’re super easy to make–you’ll want a batch for every holiday! 

fake stain glass tissue paper candle holder

These cute candle holders are a great way to teach kids about upcycling–taking something old and giving it new (and awesome) life. You can use any kind of glass jar from sauce jars to baby food jars and even the tissue paper can be from recycled sources.

You can also spiff up plain glass votive holders and juice glasses picked up from the thrift store.

Need more Valentine craft projects? Why not make a mailbox to hold all those great friendship cards from the school party? Or predict the future with a Valentine themes paper fortune teller?

Tissue Paper Stained Glass Candle Holders

You will need:

  • glass jar of any size
  • tissue paper in festive colors
  • white glue or Mod Podge
  • glitter (optional)
  • paint brush
  • wax paper or foil to protect your work surface 
  • water
  • small dish for mixing
  • scissors
    valentine candle tissue paper

First make sure your jar is super clean and label free. 

Cut the tissue paper in shapes. Younger kids might want to just tear the tissue paper, while older kids can cut hearts, snowflakes or flower shapes depending on the season you are celebrating! Paper punches are also handy to make poka dots and assorted shapes.

valentine candle tissue paper stained glass

Next, pour some glue into your dish and thin with a few drops of water. You don’t want to use too much, just enough to make the glue easier to paint. Add glitter if you want extra sparkle. (We had some left over clear “Galactic Glitter” glue that we thinned down and then added red glitter. 

Cover the jar with a thin layer of glue. If the jar is large, paint it a section at time.

Apply tissue paper shapes to the glue–once your brush is dampen with glue it makes an excellent pickup tool and keeps your fingers clean.

Brush each shape with a little glue to smooth and press it into place. Use a light touch so you don’t tear the paper. Continue until the whole jar is covered. A few wrinkles here and there adds character, so don’t worry about getting it perfect. 

Add an extra sprinkle of glitter if you like. 

Coat the jar with one more light layer of glue to make sure all the tissue paper is stuck down and seal in the glitter (if used).

Allow to dry!

Add a candle! This project works great with either battery candles or real candles, just use care lighting real candles.

valentine candles stain glass tissue papaer