Etched Glass Candle Holder

You've invited the guests and planned the menu for your holiday gathering. Now it's time to add a little ambiance. I love to use candles during festive gatherings to give to our home some extra sparkle.

With a little bit of time, an adhesive stencil, and some etching cream, you can transform a plain glass candle holder into a creative home accent for any occasion. These also make pretty gifts. You can use inexpensive glass candle holders from a craft store, grocery store, or big box store. I found mine at Cost Plus World Market for $1.99 each.


  • square glass candle holder
  • Contact Paper
  • die cut machine
  • safety glasses
  • latex gloves
  • etching cream
  • small paint brush


Start by washing and drying your candle holder.

Before you can begin etching, use your die cut machine to create a stencil with the design of your choice. I have the Silhouette Cameo Starter Kit Bundle Cutter, and I love it! I chose to do a pattern with some stars.

Cut your stencil on Contact Paper.

Remove the pieces you want etched to create the stencil.

Gather your etching materials.

Remove the backing from your Contact Paper stencil.

Carefully adhere the stencil to your candle holder. Rub out any bubbles near the etching area. You want a nice smooth edge that the etching cream won't seep under.

I etched an image on each side of the candle holder. Depending on the size and shape of the stencil you make, you may decide to only etch on one or two sides of the candle holder.

Before you open the etching cream, read all the directions and safety precautions on the package.

Completely cover your work surface. Put on safety glasses and latex gloves.

Paint a thick layer of etching cream over your stencils. Let the etching cream stay on your project for at least 3-4 minutes or the time recommended on the package.

While you are waiting, clean your paintbrush.

Thoroughly rinse the etching cream from your candle holder with cool water. Remove and discard your stencil and rinse the candle holder one more time to make sure all the etching cream is removed.

Once your creation is clean and dry you are ready to add the candle.

A single candle holder is beautiful, but if you have the time, a set of three makes a bolder statement on your dining table.

Also, with Christmas just around the corner, consider making etched glass candle holders as gifts. They are an inexpensive and thoughtful way to give someone a hand crafted, personalized gift for their home.



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