We’ve got a busy day ahead of us, and lucky me to be swimming in a pool of amazing entries! Another project by Kayla, this time giving pages from an old book a new life as these adorable votive candle wrappers. Old pages lined up against a votive candle holder works like vellum paper when the candle is lit.

do-it-yourself DIY votive vellum vintage book page wrapper candle

What you’ll need:

– Vintage Book Paper
– Mini jars or votive candle holders
– Cutting Mat
– Glue Stick
– Ruler
– Pencil
– X-acto knife
– Tea light or small votive candle

do-it-yourself DIY votive vellum vintage book page wrapper candle


With the exception of the vintage book pages, all the materials can be found at any craft store.

You can start this project a million ways. You can either go out and buy clear straight-sided jars (if this is the case, skip step 1), or use jars you have laying around the house. If you are in the latter camp, begin at step 1.

Step 1: Find some old jars you have laying around the house (I had a salsa jar and a relish jar today). Soak the labels off your jars overnight, or if you are impatient like me, use Goo Gone and get the job done in a flash.

Step 2: Using your ruler, measure the height of your jars. This measurement will be the width of the strip of paper you will cut.

Step 3: Do a dry run with your paper and make sure it will wrap all the way around your jar before you start cutting it. If it is good to go, use your X-acto knife and ruler to cut out a strip, making the short end the height of your jar. (If your jar is 4″ tall, your strip of paper might be 4″ wide by 8″ long.

Step 4: Lay the paper strip you have just cut flat on your work surface. Using your glue stick, dab a bit of glue in the center along one of the short edges of your paper. Stick that edge to your jar. Wrap the jar with your paper and end by gluing along the inside edge of the other end of your paper, pressing the glued edge onto the paper you have already wrapped. 

Step 5: Drop in a tea light and watch the light dance. I like to combine these paper-wrapped candles with little votives for a nice mix of textures and glow.


Comments (10):

  • Dianne Morris on June 21, 2014

    I am covering glass votive holders with decorative paper for a 50th anniversary. The problem is they are not the same size at the top as they are in the bottom. They graduate in size making it difficult to figure out how to cut the paper to fit properly. Is there a solution to this problem. If so, I'd appreciate your instructions. Thank you.
  • youmidoo on June 9, 2011

    i LOVE this!!!! Totally keeping this in mind for the centerpieces!
  • sarah on April 14, 2010

    Love this!
  • fantasyfloraldesigns.com on March 31, 2010

    this is so very cool you can use international news also
  • Jolette on March 30, 2010

    Such a beautiful idea! Especially for vintage themes. This could work just as well at a dinner party - it's not expensive but it looks lovely.
  • Shannon on March 29, 2010

    i LOVE this!!!! Totally keeping this in mind for the centerpieces!
  • Audra Colpitts on March 29, 2010

    This would look beautiful at an outdoor wedding. So cute.
  • Hilary / Lovely and Gracious on March 29, 2010

    This idea is so fun! I love that the dictionary pages have occasional images as well as text.
  • christina-floresdelsol on March 29, 2010

    lovely! i have so many babyfood jars this would work great!
  • Shawna on March 29, 2010

    Great idea!! I think I might have to try this to dress some up boring candles I have.


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