Tuesday, October 25, 2016

DIY It - Gradient Orb Taper Candle Holders

You may notice after today that I am on a bit of a color gradient kick what with yesterday's gradient tray and today's gradient orb candle holders. The inspiration for all this gradient love actually came from the cardboard box that I use to spray paint all my projects on. As I stepped outside this weekend to do a little painting, I fell in love with the overlapping colors and over spray from my previous spray painting project on the box, and decided to create a few gradient projects using this spray paint technique. And with the holiday's approaching, family and friend gatherings at the table are inevitable, so I will be showing you a few easy DIY projects over the next few days to get that table set in colorful gradient style. First up are these orb candle holders.

DIY Gradeint Colorful Orb Candle Holders - Learn how to make your own taper candle holders. Galaxy painted home decor crafts

DIY Gradeint Colorful Orb Candle Holders - Learn how to make your own taper candle holders. Galaxy painted home decor crafts

These candle holders actually started out as round pieces of foam if you can believe it! Follow along below for the full tutorial.

The Supplies:
Begin by using the X-acto knife to cut a deep 3/4" round hole in the top of the foam balls. You want the hole to be deep enough to fit the bottom 2" of the candle into the foam orb. Then use a knife to cut off the bottom 1/4" of the ball to create a flat surface for the or to sit on.


Next, mix up the plaster of paris according to the package directions in your disposable cup. You will want it to resemble pancake batter in consistency. Using your spoon, coat the foam ball with the plaster mixture. Set aside and coat all the rest of your foam balls. Once they all have a layer of plaster on them, use your hands to roll the balls and smooth out the plaster. This will end up making your orbs look like a lumpy moon, but as long as the plaster is evenly coating the orb, you are good. Set them aside and let dry. Once fully dry, use a sanding brick to smooth out the plaster even more and give the orbs and smooth finish.


Once that is complete, it is time for paint. Use your spray paint to paint bursts of paint all around the orbs. There is no rhyme or reason here, just have fun spraying the orbs with the different colors and letting the over spray blend into each other. If you are worried about these turning out, stick with a few light colors such as light pink, peach, and gold. You will still get a nice gradient effect, but the colors will blend a bit better and won't look so stark against one another.

Once the paint is dry, the candle holders and ready for your taper candles. Feel free to use a piece of clay to secure the candles in the holes if you made them too big.

DIY Gradeint Colorful Orb Candle Holders - Learn how to make your own taper candle holders. Galaxy painted home decor crafts





As I said, I used 4" foam balls for the candle holders, but I think it would be awesome to make an entire centerpiece with different sized orbs running the length of the table.

Not a fan of the gradient look? Then just spray paint them a solid color!

DIY Gradeint Colorful Orb Candle Holders - Learn how to make your own taper candle holders. Galaxy painted home decor crafts


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