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DIY: Shy Face Candle Holders

Add a little whimsy to your candle holders by applying some paint and a sweet 'shy face' outline. So much fun and so easy to do. A wonderful craft project to do with the kiddos!

I am a bit giddy as I write this. After completing these ‘Shy Face’ Candle Holders, how could I not be? They are just so adorable! At just an inch and a half high, they were the perfect little pieces to recreate into something a little whimsical. Eventually, these sweet little guys will end up in my basement craft room (still in progress!), but for now, they’ll stay upstairs in my living room where I can chuckle at them each time I see them 😉

If you are looking for a craft project to do with the kiddos, this would be the perfect one to try.

MATERIALS

Shy Face Candle Holders - Materials Needed

  • candle holders
  • acrylic paints
  • paint brush
  • paint palette
  • pencil & eraser
  • sharpie

STEPS

Step 1:  Apply White Base

If your candle holders are made of wood, they will absorb quite a bit of paint. Start by painting a single layer of white paint in order to seal them.

Shy Face Candle Holders - Apply White Base

Let dry – at least 30 minutes.

Step 2:  Apply Colours

Now you can apply your chosen colours to the candle holders.

Shy Face Candle Holders - Apply Colours

Two to three layers will create a lovely solid colour. Let dry between applications.

Step 3:  Outline Shy Face

Now it’s time to design your ‘shy face.’ Taking your pencil, outline the eyes and nose on each candle holder, free hand. Outline these lightly so you can erase and redraw to get it just right.

Shy Face Candle Holderse - Outline Shy Face

Step 4:  Trace Over Shy Face

Taking  your sharpie, trace over the pencil outline.

Shy Face Candle Holders - Trace Over Shy Face

Tip:  If you are using soft pastel colours as I did, you may wish to soften the sharpie outline by applying a soft, and highly diluted paint over top. If you do, simply add a bit of paint to your paint brush and dip into a can of water ensuring that most of the paint comes off, then apply over the tracings. Don’t worry about going outside the lines, since you will be using the same colour that’s already been applied to the candle holders. (For more on this technique, see How To Create Whitewash Abstract Art).

Shy Face Candle Holders - Apply Diluted Paint

Once they’ve dried, you are now ready to add your candles and display!

Add a little whimsy to your candle holders by applying some paint and a sweet 'shy face' outline. So much fun and so easy to do. A wonderful craft project to do with the kiddos!

Add a little whimsy to your candle holders by applying some paint and a sweet 'shy face' outline. So much fun and so easy to do. A wonderful craft project to do with the kiddos!

Add a little whimsy to your candle holders by applying some paint and a sweet 'shy face' outline. So much fun and so easy to do. A wonderful craft project to do with the kiddos!

Add a little whimsy to your candle holders by applying some paint and a sweet 'shy face' outline. So much fun and so easy to do. A wonderful craft project to do with the kiddos!

Add a little whimsy to your candle holders by applying some paint and a sweet 'shy face' outline. So much fun and so easy to do. A wonderful craft project to do with the kiddos!

I loved creating these little guys. So much fun! Apply your shy face to candle holders, small planters and pots, candles, craft paper that you can frame, and anything you set your heart on. So many possibilities!

Happy crafting 🙂

Add a little whimsy to your candle holders by applying some paint and a sweet 'shy face' outline. So much fun and so easy to do. A wonderful craft project to do with the kiddos!

 

 

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For more crafty tips and decorating ideas around the web, see Inspiration SpotlightThat DIY PartyHappiness is HomemadeSweet InspirationRecipe & DIY LinkyThe Handmade HangoutMad SkillsMeet Up MondayCraft Schooling Sunday, Dare To ShareLink Party PaloozaPretty Pintastic PartyBest of the WeekendPeace/Love Link UpHome MattersBFF Open HouseCreativity UnleashedNo Rules Weekend Blog PartyThe DIY CollectiveThe Creative ExchangeThe Wednesday Round UpWelcome Home Wednesdays and Creative Spark Link Party.

23 Comments

  • Reply
    handmade by amalia
    July 13, 2016 at 10:32 am

    Almost too adorable.
    Amalia
    xo

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      Jelica
      July 13, 2016 at 2:53 pm

      Thanks Amalia 😉

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    Angie @ ambient wares
    July 14, 2016 at 9:08 am

    How can you not smile while looking at these?!!

    • Reply
      Jelica
      July 14, 2016 at 9:10 am

      I know, right? Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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    melanie
    July 15, 2016 at 1:59 pm

    So whimsical! Makes me smile. Amazing what you can do with a Sharpie!

    • Reply
      Jelica
      July 15, 2016 at 7:32 pm

      Sharpie crafts are always fun – I agree!

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    Victoria @DazzleWhileFrazzled
    July 15, 2016 at 6:22 pm

    What a cute idea! Love simple decor like this. Visiting from Peace Love Linkup.

    • Reply
      Jelica
      July 15, 2016 at 7:08 pm

      Thanks Victoria!

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    Edye
    July 22, 2016 at 1:32 pm

    These are too cute! You did an amazing job 🙂

    Blessings,
    Edye | http://gracefulcoffee.wordpress.com

    • Reply
      Jelica
      July 22, 2016 at 3:32 pm

      I appreciate you comments Edye! Thank you 🙂

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    Carolyn
    July 23, 2016 at 2:31 pm

    These are very cute! They DO make you smile everytime you see them, and things like these are a great thing to fill your home with. Thanks for taking the time to post the tutorial!

    • Reply
      Jelica
      July 24, 2016 at 8:36 am

      Next to loving mini crafts, I love whimsical ones like this one. You can’t take decor too seriously, I say 🙂 Thanks for stopping by Carolyn 🙂

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    creativejewishmom/sara
    July 24, 2016 at 10:00 am

    Adorable, thanks for sharing on craft schooling Sunday!

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    Suzie@Suziesview
    July 25, 2016 at 12:30 am

    Ok this is seriously cute & easy & right up my ally. Love it girl! So happy to find your post to visit at the link up just now.

    • Reply
      Jelica
      July 25, 2016 at 6:39 pm

      Thanks so much Suzie!

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    Nancy Andres
    July 30, 2016 at 12:37 pm

    How adorable and seems so simple too. I pinned it I like it so much. Great Party this week at Sweet Inspiration. Please look for my post, Colors of Joy Among Top 10 Books for Women. Happy day! Nancy Andres @ http://www.colors4health.com

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      Jelica
      July 30, 2016 at 6:05 pm

      Thanks very much Nancy! I’ll come by and visit your post – I’m a book nerd, so I’ll be interested in reviewing your list. Take care!

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    Sandra Garth
    July 31, 2016 at 8:22 am

    So simple and so cute! These are sure to make everyone smile.

    • Reply
      Jelica
      July 31, 2016 at 10:48 am

      Thanks Sandra 🙂 🙂

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    Mary-the boondocks blog
    August 2, 2016 at 9:03 am

    These are so, so cute. I can’t believe you made these from plain boring candleholders. Just adorable, The colors are cute but when you put the little faces on them it took it to super cute level. Pinning and sharing.

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      Jelica
      August 2, 2016 at 9:21 am

      The faces definitely take these candle holders to a whole new level of adorable 😉

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    Theresa
    August 18, 2016 at 2:59 am

    These are so cute & love the colors you picked. Thanks for sharing them at the Inspiration Spotlight party. Pinned & shared.

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