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Friday, May 24, 2013

Paperweights From Dollar Store Candle Holders

I am with my grandkids, 1700 miles from home. No sewing machine. No needle and thread. No fabric!!! But, I'm having fun anyway!
We made some teacher appreciation gifts and Father's Day gifts last week. The kids LOVED it! I will warn you, though. This is definitely a project to do outdoors because of the smell. 

I saw this basic idea here. She made a beautiful paperweight from the candle holders using only decorative paper and Mod Podge. (This is a great site, by the way!)
We decided to use real objects and use some of the sayings on some cute cards we saw. 
First we bought those inexpensive votive candle holders you can find at the dollar store. They come two to a box! $1!!!!! (You might also find them in other discount stores.)
We also found some small plastic frogs and a bag of Smarties candy. 
We bought a can of polyester resin and a small bottle of catalyst. (We found this at Michael's.) Follow the directions on the can to mix the resin! I mixed and they stirred and poured.
We put our candies and frogs in the area intended for the candle and poured the resin in to fill the space intended for the candle. Leave this outside to harden or in the garage. It will continue to have a strong smell until it is completely cured. 
That's all there is to it! EASY PEASY! FUN! 
We want to try one with a silk daisy in it. The kids also thought of nuts and bolts, fun stickers, and pebbles. The possibilities are limited by the size of the object. How about a photo cut to fit in the bottom? Decide if you want the paperweight to be bottoms up or right side up when finished. 
You're done!
Watch for another fabric challenge reveal on Monday, May 27th!! See you then!!!


  1. I love this idea. This is going to be a busy weekend for me with grandkids. If I had seen this yesterday I would be doing this project with them. I used to do the resin thing with my children way...way back in the 70's & 80's when I first discovered resin.

  2. great idea Linda,thankyou for sharing.xx

  3. Having fun with your grandkids is priceless! These times you are spending creating with them will stay with them forever. Safe Holiday Weekend Dear...

  4. Very cute idea. I love the little dress in the previous pst too!

  5. Very cute idea. Enjoy the grands!

  6. Thanks for sharing the idea! It immediately got my creative juices flowing!

  7. That's a fantastic idea for the kids of any age. Well done! Enjoy your time with the grandies too! :)


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