Thursday, July 9, 2009

Paperweight Tutorial

While I was pondering what to post today, I popped over to my friend, Georgia's blog. She had posted a picture of a paperweight that I had made for her. I would love to take credit for the idea, but alas, it was not mine. I found these little cuties over at Grace's blog last fall. When I saw it, I immediately drove to Michael's and purchased some of the candles that were in the dollar bin. I was hoping to just post a link to the actual project, but I was unable to find it today on Grace's blog. So I will show you how I made it. The candles are in the dollar bin and come two in a package. They come in a variety of colors and scents. The color is not important as the candle does not show in the finished project. I chose Spring Air. Pop the candle and metal holder out of the glass. Turn the candle upside down and place it back inside the holder. Turn the metal holder over. Cut a circle out of DP by tracing around the metal holder. Adhere to top with Fabri-Tac. Cut a strip of paper as high as the holder and long enough To wrap around it. Adhere. Now you are ready to decorate the top. I used a Martha Stewart punch to make a butterfly. I mounted it on top with a pop dot. On other paperweights that I made, I layered Prima flowers and glued a rhinestone in the center. Place the finished decorated metal holder inside the glass holder. Pictured above is a side view. The original glass holder is now right side up and the decorated side is facing the bottom. Flip the holder over. Cut a piece of felt, and glue it to the bottom of the glass holder. I covered the entire bottom of the candle with Fabri-Tac before placing the felt on top. I cut the felt circle slightly larger so it would anchor the candle inside of the glass. This is such an easy and inexpensive gift to make. Your friends will be amazed that you made it yourself!


  1. What a great idea! Thanks for the wonderful tutorial! I'll have to give this a try...


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