Christmas Votive Holders on the Cheap

This Christmas season I’ve got a few decorating projects lined up (like who doesn’t, right?). Hopefully I’ll get to all of them but I’m not makin’ any promises. I’ll just do the best I can. First up are these little Christmas votive holders.

Simple and sweet. At this time of year, I like anything that’s simple.
Here’s what I started with. Six little candle holders at 49 cents each from Goodwill.
I suppose they look cute enough as is, but they don’t really go with my decor.
I used a base coat of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint – a mix of Paris Grey and Louis Blue.
Once that dried, I added a white wash in Old White, and wiped off just a little of it.
Just a hint of the grey-blue shows through. I painted the insides, as well.
Tucked inside are votives that came with glass holders. This way, wax doesn’t melt all over inside.
I grouped them atop my dining buffet and added some glass ornaments for more sparkle.
The white feather tree was a recent find, along with the star ornaments.
For just $3 I got some new Christmas votive holders that match my decor.

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  1. I love, love, love it! It is so pretty and I also love the white feather tree. Can’t wait to see the rest of your decorating. Have a great week! Pamela

  2. It’s looking good already, Jennifer. I will be watching.

  3. They look great! I never would have thought of painting them since they are metal. I love that you did! You have some very pretty Christmas decorations. The snowflakes are gorgeous.

  4. Great transformation! I am always amazed at what a little paint can do. It’s great when you have that vision beforehand like you do!

  5. Don’t you love it when you find something really inexpensive and then transform it with a little paint and imagination? Your buffet is stunning! I cant wait to see what you do with the family room ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. yes yes yes! ooooooh this is a fabulous idea. thank you. my mind is racing with what i can paint because it really transforms the piece to resemble chalkware or stoneware, right?



  7. good job redoing the votive holders to go with your decor better. Not everybody wants silver all the time, they’ll be much more versatile for you now.
    You are so lucky to find those votive holders so inexpensively. The Goodwill in Grand Junction, CO area is so expensive and has so much junk nobody wants it. Guess we’re all supposed to pay for the new building they built about 5 yrs ago now. Never find cute stuff like you did and that I read about other bloggers finding all the time at their Goodwill stores and their local thrift stores. Happy week

  8. Very pretty redo and great thrift store find, Jennifer! Love the new color to them. I probably would have painted them, too.

  9. Hello Jennifer, thanks for the visit on “my love for white sheperd Dogs” it was a suproce ;-). This time is for me THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR. Your decor is amazing, love it!!!!!!

    Hugs and Warm Wishes from the Netherlands

  10. Jennifer, I just love these votive holders, painting them was such a great idea.


  11. How clever you are, Jennifer! I have those same votive holders. Never thought of painting them. What a great idea! laurie

  12. So pretty, Jennifer! Your mantel looks beautiful all dressed in white.

  13. Love what you did with the GW find. It all looks so magical now. Beautiful!!

  14. Beautiful job on those votives! I know where you found that tree ๐Ÿ˜‰ Looks beautiful!

  15. Your votives look so pretty painted!

  16. So pretty! Your whole vignette is just beautiful. Don’t you just love Goodwill! I need to go tomorrow now, thanks for the reminder ๐Ÿ™‚
    Cheers, Andrea

  17. Oh my! Your painted votives look gorgeous along with that beautiful feather tree and those incredible snowflakes. And that white Santa is looking mighty fine, too! Everything is so pretty!

  18. Very cute! I love how it all looks…so pretty.

  19. They are very cute and work so nicely in your pretty vignette.

  20. Soooo pretty and sooooo creative, Jennifer! I adore that feather tree, too! ๐Ÿ™‚ Your combination of teal, white and gold is just stunning, I might add. โ™ฅ

    xoxo laurie

  21. Ooo, the gold, white and blue are so pretty together! I love thrift shop treasures made anew.

  22. They look just perfect now….and the display is lovely!

  23. Your house is looking very festive already, Jennifer! Candles are always the perfect touch during the holidays.

  24. They go well with your sparkly neutrals. Goodwill is my go to store too. I scored a huge white deer head that hangs now on my stone fireplace there recently. Happy Christmas, Olive

  25. Jenny, I love your white feather tree! And your white Santa! And the star ornaments! O.K., O.K. Excitement overload. I just love Christmas…

  26. your candle votives are so sweet, jennifer! love the cute white tree, too:)

  27. These votives are so cute! I like easy at this time of year, too. So nice to hear from you today. I grow hostas too, but may try impatients next year. I have lots of sun, but Pacific Northwest sun, so it’s not as warm here as other parts of the country. Hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving.

  28. Really adorable project Jennifer! So sweet…they would be perfect for a gift too! Have a lovely week! Angie xo

  29. Those fit in with your decor just perfectly. I love how you freshened them up with paint.

  30. Thank you for linking your project to my party, You know how much I adore the new look. Hope to see you again next week!

  31. Gorgeous! What a great good will find!

  32. That’s a beautiful makeover, they look gorgeous. Your Christmas decor is looking beautiful.

  33. Jennifer these turned out just beautiful! I need to remember that a little bit of paint can make a huge difference!!! Love the white and gold! Thanks for joining TUTORIALS TIPS AND TIDBITS!

  34. LOVE goodwill , LOVE your sweet lights!!!! Stop on over and see my post on common ground:)

  35. Well didn’t those turn out nice! They look very pretty and your photography and styling really makes them sing. Good luck with all your Christmas crafting plans!

  36. Love, love, love Goodwill & love how you re-did these votive holders. I also love how you use ornaments “freely” as fillers in your decor. Beautiful!

  37. Didn’t they turn out beautifully Jennifer. Love them.

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