I’m crazy about these sweet little votives. I really love the way the black and white looks with the asymmetrical clay top, but you can experiment with the colors and patterns that you use if you want something even brighter. These can be made with real or plastic tealights if you don’t want to use your own melted wax, but either way, these are sure to provide a pretty glow on any table or windowsill.

Time Needed 
2 to 3 hours
Skill Level 

Step-by-Step Tutorial Read

  • Project Yield 
    6 votives
  • Time Needed 
    2 to 3 hours
  • Skill Level 
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    Assemble all of your materials and cover your working surface with wax paper. You will need a small bowl to hold the water that will act as a glue to hold your votives together; I created a small bowl out of clay and put water in it, but you can use any small bowl you have handy.
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    To create the base for one votive, take a small chunk of your white air-dry clay and roll it into a ball. Using your rolling pin, roll it out until it’s roughly 1/8" thick.
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    Using a small glass or an X-Acto knife, cut the clay into a circle. Mine was 2” in diameter, but you can adjust that if you’re using tealights or if you want a wider votive.
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    To create the side for one votive, take a large chunk of your clay and roll into a ball. Using a rolling pin, roll the clay into a long rectangular piece until it is around 1/8" thick and at least 11" long. Using an X-Acto knife, cut a clay rectangle about 2" wide and 4" long.
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    Starting at one corner, cut the long edge of the rectangle at a diagonal.
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    Use a sculpting tool or a dull knife to notch the outer edge of the circular base. Do the same along the straight edge of the rectangular slab. These notches create space for your water “glue” to fill in, and will help hold your votives together.
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    Apply a little water to the notched edges and gently wrap the slanted rectangular clay slab around the outer edge of the circular base. To secure the side walls to the base, use your brush and water “glue” to smooth out and create a seal in the edges of the clay. Set aside and let dry overnight.
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    If you’re pouring your own wax, place a wick in the center of your votive. Cut a piece of wax and melt it on your stove top using a double boiler. Pour the melted wax into the votive’s basin. Don’t submerge the wick with your wax! Set aside and let the wax dry until it has hardened.
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    Once everything has solidified, you can begin painting the outside of your project. You can freehand your design if you’d like, but I began by using a pencil to draw out my design just to be safe. When you’re happy with your decoration, use black acrylic paint and a small brush to decorate. Let your paint dry and your votives are ready to light!

Geometric Clay Candle Votives

Kit Yield 
6 votives
What's Included
Das Air Dry Clay 17.6 Ounces
Glass Fill Candle Wax 1.5lb Block
Pre-Waxed Wire Wick W/Clip 2in 12/Pkg
Americana Acrylic Paint 2oz

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