Faux Metal Votive Holders

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day


Sponge painting silver over black magically creates a metallic faux finish. You’d never guess these sturdy-looking candle holders are cut from posterboard!


  • Posterboard, 10” square
  • Acrylic paints: black, silver
  • Battery-operated tea light or votive candle


  • Sponge scrap
  • Fiskars Decorative-Edge Scissors: Pinking or Scallop
  • Aleene’s OriginalTacky Glue

Basic Supplies

scissors, craft knife, tracing paper, pencil



2-3/4″ square

Votive Holder

(Note: Materials listed are for one votive holder.)

1. Print pattern. (Note: The blue word “pattern” is a link. To access this pattern, select the link, then download and print pattern.) Trace votive holder outline onto posterboard; cut out. Transfer desired motif onto each side; use craft knife to cut out. Use decorative-edged scissors to cut top edges.

2. Basecoat all surfaces black; let dry. Sponge over black with silver.

3. Score votive holder along dashed lines; fold. Adhere flaps to side panels.

4. Place battery-operated tea light or votive candle inside votive holder.

by Helen Rafson

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