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How to Make Snowy Votives

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Snowy votives can add a lot of class to holiday decorations. Learn how to make them here with only a few supplies and thrifted glass.

Beautiful snowy votives

We don’t get snow here in Southern California, but I love the look and thought it would be fun to add to my home this year by creating snowy votives. These charming decorations are not only a perfect addition to your Christmas decor but also an ideal opportunity to give old glassware from the thrift store a new lease on life. With just a few simple materials, including affordable faux snow from the Dollar Tree, you can craft a winter wonderland right in your living room.

Materials Needed:

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  • Glass votive holders or containers (purchased from a thrift store or you could use old jars)
  • Faux snow (readily available at Dollar Tree or craft stores)
  • Mod Podge
  • Paintbrush
  • Tea light candles
  • Ribbon or twine (optional)

Step-by-Step Guide:

1. Gather Your Glassware:

Head to your local thrift store or rummage through your cupboards for glass containers. Varying shapes and sizes can add a whimsical touch to your decor. These could be old drinking glasses, mason jars, or even small vases. Ensure they are clean and dry before starting the craft. Here is what I found at my local thrift store.

jar and votives from thrift store

2. Apply Mod Podge:

Using a paintbrush, generously apply Mod Podge to the outer surface of the glassware. This will act as the adhesive for the faux snow. I covered the entire surface, but you could get creative and only do the lower portion.

brushing mod podge on the outside of glass

3. Sprinkle the Faux Snow:

Take your faux snow and sprinkle it over the glued areas of the glass. Twist the glass candle holders around as your sprinkle to make sure you get the faux snow to cover the area well.

sprinkling faux snow on outside of glass

4. Shake Off Excess:

After I let them dry about 30 minutes I carefully shook off any excess faux snow from the glass to reveal snowy design. That way you aren’t dropping faux snow around your home.

5. Add Finishing Touches (Optional):

For a festive touch, tie a ribbon or twine around the votive holder. You can use seasonal colors like red or green to complement the snowy aesthetic. I was hoping to find some mini holly to attach to the top but my store was out. I do love the simple look of these luminaries though. Some greenery at the bottom would be pretty with the candle on top of it.

6. Insert Tea Light Candles:

Once the votives are completely dry, place led tea light candles inside. The flickering flame through the snowy glass will create a warm and inviting glow, perfect for cozy evenings. I was able to find the flameless tea lights at the dollar store too.

adding tea lights to snowy votives

Tips and Ideas:

  • Experiment with different sizes and shapes of glassware to create an eclectic display.
  • Consider adding glitter for an extra touch of sparkle.
  • Group the snowy votives together as a centerpiece or scatter them throughout your home for a magical ambiance.
tea light inside snowy votives

You can also make snowy votives with epsom salt. You can see one’s I made in this post: Snowy Pine Cone Cluster

Crafting snowy votives is a wonderful way to add a touch of winter charm to your Christmas decor. It’s an easy and budget-friendly project that allows for creativity and personalization. With just a few materials and a sprinkle of creativity, you can transform ordinary glassware into beautiful, snowy creations to add to your home this winter!

How to Make Snowy Votives


  1. Maryann

    I agree with Kristin, these could be used all year. I have some simple votives I thrifted and have been wondering what to do with them. I think I may try this and use some glitter along with the faux snow. Thanks for all the great tips.


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