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Tangerine Floating Candle Holder

Tangerine Floating Candle Holder
Tangerine Floating Candle Holder
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Learn how to make a gorgeous DIY candle holder out of a stemless wine glass! The beautiful Tangerine Floating Candle Holder features unique painting techniques and recycled materials to make a truly lovely piece of DIY home decor. If you're looking to take your painting skills to the next level, this is a fantastic project for you. Using an airbrush and other exciting painting techniques, you'll create the swirling designs. Glitter and other accents make for a beautiful completed project. Floating candles in general are so lovely, and placing them in beautifully painted wine glasses is a great way to make a DIY centerpiece.

Estimated Cost$11-$20

Time to CompleteIn an evening

MaterialsGlass, Paint, Recycled Materials

Primary TechniquePainting


Project TypeMake a Project

Materials List

  • Testors Aztek Airbrush
  • Testors Paint Cups
  • Testors Aztek Airbrushable Acrylic Paint Fluorescent Orange 9463, White 9440
  • Testors Glosscote 1261
  • E6000 adhesive 
  • Frog Tape
  • Rubber bands in mixed thicknesses 
  • Ruler
  • Craft knife
  • Toothpicks
  • Floating candle
  • 2.75” x 5” stemless wine glass
  • 4.75” DVD - 2
  • Scissors
  • Toothbrush
  • Plastic gloves
  • Paper towels
  • Small container


Tips: Protect your work surface. Always allow paint and adhesives to dry completely before moving to the next step. 

  1. Place a wide rubber band around the wine glass. Turn the glass over onto the work surface. Press a ruler against the glass and slide the band down to meet it. Work around the entire glass to position the band evenly from the rim.

  2. Place loose rubber bands on the work surface to keep the glass from rolling while you work. Wrap the top edge of the glass with Frog Tape aligning the tape edge against the rubber band. Press down the edges to seal them securely and avoid gaps.

  3. Slide the band down the glass. Position it unevenly on the container creating a wavy line.

  4. Add more bands the same way. Alternate the thickness of the bands, the wave, and the spacing between each.

  5. Fill a paint cup and begin airbrushing the glass. Do not accidentally move any of the bands in the process.

  6. Paint the blank areas until completely covered, including the glass bottom.

  7. Pour a bit of the white paint into a small container. Dip an old toothbrush with soft bristles into the paint. Blot it lightly on paper towels. 

  8. With a gloved hand, drag across the bristles with your thumb, splattering white paint over the orange. Allow paint to dry.

  9. With two fingers, hold both sides of each band firmly against the glass. To remove a band, press a craft knife into it to slice it. Control the band with our fingers. Do not allow it to snap or stretch across any of the paint.

  10. Allow the paint to set for 24 hours then protect the paint by spraying the project with Glosscote. Follow the directions on the can. 

  11. With scissors, cut a DVD into irregular shaped pieces. Use caution as cut edges can be sharp. 

  12. With a toothpick apply E6000 to the backside of the pieces and press them mirror side out, to the glass in a random pattern. 

  13. Apply E6000 to the center of the mirror side of a second DVD and center the wine glass over it. Allow the glue to set.

  14. Fill the glass with water to the first orange line at the top. Set a floating candle in the water.

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I think this is a beautiful project! The look is very up scaled. As a safer alternative to cutting the CD, simply gluing little rhinestones, gems, tiny seashells, or even decorative buttons would probably give a nice effect and even use items on hand! The color is luscious and reminds me of a summer day! But this cool technique could be a great look in any color of your choice to fit your decor! Thanks for the great instructions!

Tried this craft? What did you think?

I have not tried it yet but it does look kind of interesting and does not seem that hard to do. Looks like a glass of orange soda so you will have to watch where you put it if you have any small kids. I may try it but not add the CD to the glass itself. I do not want anyone to accidently get cut. I have never tried to make a floating candle before but I do like this one. What do you think of it? Would you make another and how does floating candle do in the water?


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