Repurposing a wine glass into this cute little chick candle holder is one of my favorite projects ever. I love taking simple glasses, some paint, and imagination to create a new decoration.
For Easter this year, this little wine glass bird craft was perfect, a few coats of yellow paint, some feathers and eyes, and you have a super cute way to display your candles!
Wine Glass Chick Candle Holder
One of the first dollar store crafts I ever made was a simple painted glass. I recall shopping with my Granny when I was 10-11 years old and buying a box of simple glasses and craft paint to make something different.
Flowers, bees, vines, and a few birds ended up being painted on those glasses and displayed on her mantle until she passed away.
Now, I love using wine glasses in crafting because they are both inexpensive and versatile. For this craft, a bit of paint turns these into a super cute Easter chicken that works great to hold your favorite candle.
Some of my favorite past projects include this rustic wine glass candle holder and my wine glass lantern tealight candle holder. And, of course, I can’t leave out this fun tutorial for that leftover wine bottle on how to turn a glass bottle into a decorative lantern.
What Paint Works Best on Glass?
My favorite paint is simple acrylic craft paint. These are not designed to be used for eating or drinking, so you don’t have to worry about toxicity. Instead, focus on something that will give you full coverage and offer the bright color you want.
Apple Barrel craft paint is my favorite brand for coverage and affordability. Another popular option I enjoy using is DecoArt. Their paints give better coverage than others, and again, they are affordable and easy to find.
I wouldn’t recommend using spray paint on this project as it would just be a bit overkill for such a simple and rustic styled craft for kids. Spray paint is better used for things this beautiful gold painted macaroni art picture frame.
What Size Candles Will This Hold?
Since you are turning this wine glass upside down to create the chicken look, you will be using what is normally the base of the glass as the holder. My go-to candle for this kind of craft is the battery LED tealight.
This is safer than other candles, inexpensive, and it works wonderfully to offer soft light.
You could, however, use any tealight or votive candle with this easily. You just want to make sure that whatever candle you add to your wine glass is flat on the bottom and sturdy to stand up on its own. Obviously a taper candle is not going to be a good choice for this raft.
If you are obsessed with candles like I am, then you’ll also love this cute candle holder made from spoons. How brilliant is that?! Of course, no list of candle ideas is complete without this simple coffee candle. It is one of my all-time favorite crafting projects made.
- Wine glass
- Yellow craft paint
- Rustic twine
- Yellow feathers
- Black marker
- Orange marker
- Craft glue
How to Turn a Wine Glass into a Chick
To start, you will want to wash and dry your wine glass thoroughly.
Once dry, paint the inside of the glass part. This will leave the outside and stem unpainted.
At this point, you can set the glass aside to dry or continue working.
When your wine glass is dry, you will use a black marker to draw eyes on the glass and an orange marker to draw the beak. Remember that your glass will be sitting stem side up for holding the candle, so add your face appropriately.
Next, you will glue a few feathers around the base of the glass to create a “hair” feathers on the chicken.
Using a loop of twine, create a bow and tie around the bottom of the stem so it is right at the base below where your candle will sit.
Add a candle and display for Easter.
I like to pick up wine glasses at my local dollar store since they are so inexpensive. For painting glass, I like using DecoArt or Apple Barrel paints as they tend to not fade. If you are planning to make a lot of these glasses this year, invest in a large roll of jute twine on Amazon for the best deal.
- Wash and dry the wine glass thoroughly;
- Paint the inside of the glass with yellow paint coating well so it is opaque;
- Set the glass aside to dry if you want, or simply continue crafting;
- Use a black marker to draw on eye, and an orange marker to draw on a beak remembering that it will be stem side up when ready to use;
- Now, you will glue a few yellow feathers around the top at the base of the stem to create a "hair" look;
- Use jute or ribbon to create a simple bow and tie in place just below the bottom of the wine glass where the candle will sit;
- Add your favorite candle and display for Easter.
You can paint these in white and orange as well as white to create a variety of chickens.
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