Heart-shaped votive holders are a super-easy Valentine's Day craft

Jan 30, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. ET
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Nothing adds to the ambiance of your home quite like a room full of candles. Add a touch of romance to your Valentine's Day with beautiful heart-shaped votive holders you can make yourself.

Heart-shaped votive holders
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For this project you will need white dry non-sanded grout. Grout is perfect for this project because, unlike concrete, it is available in small quantities and dries much faster.

Heart-shaped votive holders
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Pour 1/2 cup of grout into disposable cups. You will need 1 cup per votive holder that you plan to make.

Heart-shaped votive holders
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Add 1 tablespoon of paint to each cup of grout.

Heart-shaped votive holders
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Mix in 3 to 4 tablespoons of warm water, then stir everything together until the color is well-mixed.

Heart-shaped votive holders
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Spoon the grout mixture into a heart-shaped baking mold.

Heart-shaped votive holders
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Leave about 1/2 inch between the top of the grout and the top of the baking mold, then set a tea light candle on top of the grout.

Heart-shaped votive holders
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Fill in the area around the candle with more grout and smooth out the top as best you can. Let the grout dry for 3 to 4 hours.

Heart-shaped votive holders
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Once the grout has dried, remove it from the baking mold and remove the tea light candle. Use a sanding block to smooth out any rough or uneven edges on the votive holder.

Heart-shaped votive holders
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Place a fresh tea light candle in the votive holder and it is ready to use.

DIY heart-shaped votive holders

Supplies:

  • White dry non-sanded grout
  • Heart-shaped silicone baking molds
  • Paint
  • Plastic cups
  • Tea light candles
  • Sanding block

Directions:

  1. Pour 1/2 cup of grout into disposable cups.
  2. Mix 1 tablespoon of paint and 3 to 4 tablespoons of water in with the grout.
  3. Spoon the grout into the heart-shaped mold, stopping about 1/2 inch from the top of the mold.
  4. Set a tea light candle on top of the grout, then fill in the rest of the mold around the candle.
  5. Let the grout dry for 3 to 4 hours, then remove the candle from the center and remove the heart from the mold.
  6. Use a sanding block to sand down any rough or uneven edges, then put a new tea light candle in the center of the votive holder.

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