mosiac votives and ornaments

mosiac votives and ornaments
Image placeholder title

Whether you choose to decoupage ornaments or glass votive holders, these delicate little gifts are easy for even preschoolers to make and will really shine with an older artist who doesn’t mind spending some time on them.


clear glass or plastic ornament


clear votive candle holder. You can also use small canning jars as we did. (We loved how the rounded 1/2 pint jars looked.)

tissue paper

mod podge ( I recommend using this in the gloss finish) thinned white glue will also work in a pinch.


paint brush

Image placeholder title


1.Plan what you want your finished product to look like. Think about making a pattern or a scene and don’t hesitate to mention some of the pros and cons of doing each. For example, a checkerboard of squares is going to be pretty quick and easy. While drawing and cutting out all of the little pieces to make a decorated Christmas tree scene is going to be time consuming. It will look beautiful, but may be frustrating to finish. As is so often the case, a simpler design often works out better. However if you know your child has the fortitude to stick with it, a lacy snowflake design would look amazing.

Recommended for You

2.Now lightly sketch your design onto the tissue paper if needed. Cut out the pieces. Keep in mind that you want a somewhat tiled look. Overlapping pieces of different colors and using a few different shades of a color will make the candle or ornament look more interesting.

3.Once you have cut out several small pieces of paper, brush a thin coat of mod podge onto a small area. It dries fairly quickly, so it is best to just coat an inch or two, cover, then move to the next section. Arrange the tissue on the medium over the glass, pushing into place if necessary. It is alright if it gets a few wrinkles and uneven spots. This will give the design more character. Slick a little more mod podge over the tissue paper to adhere it to the glass.

Image placeholder title

4.Work your way around the entire exterior, covering all of the glass. If there are areas where there is a ridge or bead of mod podge, smooth out with the brush so that everything is even and flat along the glass. After this is done, give it 1o minutes or so to dry then add another coat of mod podge over the entire surface to seal it.

Once it is completely dry, place a candle in your new holder or hang the ornament on the tree. If you are giving it as a gift, pack it up in the extra colored tissue paper and you have a whimsical and creative gift.

Image placeholder title

p.s. don’t forget to visit LeapIntoArt.com for great giveaways and gift ideas as well as more projects.


Image placeholder title

snowflake ornaments

This is about as easy as you can get when it comes to making an ornament.

Image placeholder title

Free Printable Ornaments

Looking for an easy photo ornament for Christmas? We've got a bright and festive batch of free printable ornaments that couldn't be easier to make and give!

Image placeholder title

Creative Christmas :: Ornaments

I remember growing up with all kinds of handmade ornaments on our tree.

Image placeholder title

initial door hangers

Give your child a sponge brush and some acrylic craft paint and let them paint away

Image placeholder title

Handmade Christmas Ornaments

One of the things I absolutely love about the Christmas tree is all the handmade ornaments hanging from it.

Image placeholder title

little gifts: charms & zipper pulls

Good things come in small packages and hand-made is no exception.

Image placeholder title

felt christmas stockings

I love working with felt; I don’t know why, but anytime I use it for a project, it always turns out so well.

Image placeholder title

Graduation Tassel Ornament

The end of school is near, and in just a few weeks caps will be tossed in the air across the country.