How to paint glass candle holders

''Make tea lights look magical by painting plain glass holders in a carnival of colours'', says Danielle. ''Glass painting looks best if it's done quickly, so the less complicated ideas will give the best results, making this an ideal project for children. The paint does not dry instantly, so keep plenty of tissues to hand. If you mess up, just wipe it off and start again.''

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How to paint glass candle holders

You will need:

  • Plain glass tea light holders
  • Patterned paper to base your design on (optional)
  • Glass paints, including a lead coloured one for outlining (we used the Pebeo Vitrea 160 range)
  • Paintbrushes

Step 1: Decide on your design - I based mine on a pattern on a vintage scarf.

Step 2: Draw or photocopy the pattern to a scale that suits your glasses, then slide the image onto the glass that you want to paint.

Step 3: Trace the outline of the pattern with lead-coloured outline paint. It's a good idea to practice on a piece of paper before you start painting the glass to get the feel of the paint. Leave to dry for a couple of hours then fill in the gaps with colour.

Step 4: Check whether the paints you have need to be set in the oven. If so, follow the instructions carefully and, once baked, allow the holders to cool slowly as sudden changes in temperature can cause the glass to crack.