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DIY paperweights from glass candle holders

Create gorgeous, customizable DIY paperweights from dollar store glass candle holders! This simple project makes a great gift idea and you can personalize!
Hi! It is Shannon from Rosyscription and today I would like to show you a simple and cost efficient project: DIY paperweight.
I don't know about you, but I am an avid dollar store junkie. Next to the craft Shop, the dollar store is one of my favorite places for creative inspiration. I love to go there to, just look around for inexpensive craft materials.
this month, when I saw this flat, rounded glass-votive-candle, I wondered whether upside could be discovered, is- - down and decorated to DIY-paperweights.
So, I grabbed a pack, came home and I made two paperweights in no time! All I needed was some scrap paper, decoupage, and resin. I used pretty paper I had would be at home in consultation with the colors in my home office.
Want one for your Desk or as a quick and easy handmade gift? It is so easy!
Here you are supplied, a paperweight with decoupage and a glass-votive-candle:

candle holder DIY paperweight

Requires Flat, To mix glass-candle-holder
Scrapbook paper
Mod hodgepodge gloss or Mod smorgasbord of Satin
casting resin (and all of the required materials, such as: disposable container, gloves, wooden stick, etc.)

step One: You will find a round object of a similar size to the circular slot of the candle. Trace a circle around the item and cut to fit the shape of the glass candle holder. Cut a strip of paper, the line, the pages for the hole in the glass.
step Two: brush a thick layer of Mod-smorgasbord on the inner portions of the glass. Press the two pieces of paper (the circle and the strip) on the glass, with the back side of the paper in front of you (the 'good' side should be to the outside through the glass). Smooth out any bubbles (they will be easy to see if you look through the glass).
as soon As this dries, apply another thick layer of Mod smorgasbord on the upper side of the paper. Allow to dry completely.
NOTE: you can stop the technically at this point, and you have a glass of a pretty ornate piece that will function as a paperweight.
I decided to go a little further, and fill the open cavity with the resin, so that the saw the piece finished sooner. Add the resin, more weight is added to the object, making it feel like a heavy piece of glass.
step Three: Set an area to pour the resin, which is well-ventilated. Read the directions on the box carefully. Wear the correct protection.
Mix the resin in a disposable container by using the two chemicals as directed by the manufacturer. The brand I used, advised a 1:1 ratio. Stir and beat the mixture thoroughly (about 2 minutes) and pour the solution immediately into the hollow of the candle rooms-holder.
The resin mixture is self-leveling and bubbles rise to the top on their own. But you can help eliminate the bubbles by breathing on the surface or with a propane torch. (The carbon dioxide, which is no heat, which helps release the trapped air can escape.) Allow to harden the resin and to cure for at least 48 hours.
you can Admire the beautiful, new piece of "glass"!
Here is a close up of the upper side and the underside of the two paperweights I made: If I had planned, I could have embedded something sweet in the interior of the resin OR decoupaged more coordinating paper on the inside of the glass with a hole in it so that the print would be visible through the resin. Oh well! I like that just the simple white back of the papers.
The possibilities for this DIY paperweights are endless! I think it would be nice to cut a circle-shaped photo in the middle and then the sides of the glass hole lining with pretty paper. That would be a great gift for all parents or grandparents.
I can't wait to go back to the dollar store. I in any case, the more of these glass candle must record-holder. Plus, I never know what I will find or what will inspire me!

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