DIY Golden Valentine's Day Votives - The Magic Onions

DIY Golden Valentine’s Day Votives

We said goodbye to our beloved Christmas tree yesterday. We hugged her and thanked her for being such a huge part of our joyous Christmas.

We packed away her precious ornaments and stored them safely for next year.

And, when she was gone, we felt so rotten, staring at her empty corner. Our home felt bare and lonely. Teddy shed a tear, reminding us that we now had to wait a WHOLE YEAR for Christmas to come again.

The Sunny House was, in fact, so melancholic that I decided we needed to craft. Crafting always lifts our spirits.

Kitty suggested that we make something for Valentines Day, a gentle hint to Teddy that we did indeed have holidays to look forward to other than Christmas.


Make gorgeous GOLDEN votives in just a few easy steps with this fun tutorials from The Magic Onions


These gorgeous golden Valentine’s Day votives/vases are what we created…



We put them in the empty corner where our Christmas tree once stood. We picked a few bright Camellias from the tree in our garden and, would you know, the Christmas tree corner is now quite a jolly place.

In fact, it’s been renamed ‘the-valentine’s-day-corner’.


Make gorgeous GOLDEN votives in just a few easy steps with this fun tutorials from The Magic Onions


Our golden votives were super easy to make in just a few simple steps.

I found the little glasses at a thrift store just the other day, just waiting to be repurposed. They cost .50c each.


Materials :

– small glasses (thrift store find)

– gold spray paint (craft or hardware store)

– washi or painters tape (craft or hardware store)

–  alphabet stickers (craft store … we got ours in our packet of adorable stickers from Pipsticks )



Method :


Step 1 :

Thoroughly clean and dry the glasses.



Step 2 :

Wrap washi tape around the outside of your glasses.

The washi tape will make sure that you only get gold paint on the inside of the glass, giving you a wonderfully smooth finish. And, washi (or painters) tape comes off without leaving a sticky residue.



Step 3 :

In a well ventilated area, spray gold paint evenly around the inside of your glasses and allow the paint to dry thoroughly.



Step 4 :

Remove the washi tape.



Step 5 :

Stick ‘love letters’ onto the outside of your glasses. We used ‘I love you’. Other suggestions are sugar, honey, sweet pea, cutie pie, darling… etc.



That’s it! Quick, easy and fun.

Look how pretty they are, brightening up the Sunny House for Valentine’s Day.



When the tea-lights inside them are alight, they send off such a beautiful golden glow.



But, we prefer them with Camellias from the garden in them. Camellias always remind me of my Gran.



See… we turned a sad occasion into a happy one with a quick and easy craft.

Now, what else can I spray paint gold?

Blessings and magic,



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Donni Webber is the mom behind the popular natural living Waldorf website and blog, The Magic Onions - where the magic of nature and the wonder of childhood collide to make each moment a precious gift. She is a photographer, writer, crafter, wife and mother of two inspiring young children. Her work has been featured in many popular publications, including HGTV, Better Homes and Gardens, Disney and Apartment Therapy.

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  1. So bright! I do love a bit of glitz.

  2. Oh my, these are so glamorous! And such a spring feel with your flowers :)

    • Thanks, Anya, our Camellias are the only flowers in our winter garden at the moment… thank goodness for them :)

  3. Beautiful. Thanks for sharing this with us. I love the idea of a “Valentine’s Day Corner.” Very festive :)

    • Thanks, Janet… the Valentines-corner certainly helps us get over the sadness of missing our Christmas tree :)
      xo Donni

  4. Hi! I’m just stopping by to let you know how great this project is and also to let you know that I have featured it on my site! Check it out here:

    • Hi Lauren, I’m honored… and utterly in love with your site!! It’s so beautiful and full of such gorgeous projects.
      So happy you got in touch.
      xo Donni

  5. Hi Donni, It was nice to see y’all come from behind the camera, you look great, and my your handsome offspring is sprouting nicely! This is the fist time I think I’ve rec’d an email from you since I bought from you on Etsy quite over a year ago-keep ’em coming. I’ll be trying your votive/ vase idea, really liked it, and we too look a little empty w/o our Christmas decorations! Best regards and Blessings your way………………..♥vjh

    • Thanks Valerie, so nice to connect :) My offspring keep sprouting… can’t quite get my head around my little girl being as tall as me! When did that happen?

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