Martha Stewart Living, August 2009
Cover your work surface with parchment or wax paper, so the votive candleholder will not stick to the surface as you work.
Measure the height and perimeter of your votive (ours was rectangular). Cut a rectangle of cotton voile that is 1 inch taller than candleholder and 1/2 inch wider than its perimeter.
Set the candleholder on its side on a sheet of parchment. Lay 1 end of the cotton-voile rectangle on candleholder, leaving a 1/2-inch overhang at top and bottom of candleholder.
Apply Martha Stewart Crafts decoupage glue to the fabric on candleholder using a paintbrush and smoothing out any wrinkles or bubbles. (At first, you'll need to hold the fabric in place with your fingers as you wrap and secure it around candleholder; later, you can slip one hand inside candleholder and pick it up to apply any additional glue.)
Fold the bottom 1/2-inch overhang under candleholder's base, and apply decoupage glue to adhere. Leave the top 1/2-inch overhang unfolded. Set candleholder upright on 2 skewers. Let dry completely, following manufacturer's instructions. Remove from skewers.
Cut a square of cotton voile that's 2 inches taller than candleholder. Fold it, following our preparing appliques how-to and using the pineapple template (resize it as needed to fit the fabric triangle). Cut out motif as directed, and unfold it.
Lay candleholder on its side and position motif at an angle. Trim any overhanging parts near the base and top, leaving a 1/2-inch overhang at each end.
Apply Mod Podge to motif using paintbrush, starting at the center of motif and brushing outward. Fold under any overhanging parts near the base, and apply decoupage glue to adhere. Set candleholder upright on skewers. Let dry overnight.
Cut away fabric overhang along top of candleholder: Holding a craft knife with the blade at a slight angle, scrape along glass at top edge to remove fabric.
Parchment or wax paper
Votive candle holder
Martha Stewart Crafts decoupage
Pineapple Applique Stencil
These rectangular, fabric-covered glass candleholders call for a clear-drying glue sealant like Martha Stewart Crafts decoupage which is suitable for outdoor use.
The adhesive requires significant drying time, so allow a couple of days for this project. Use tiny scissors (needlepoint ones work well) to cut the cotton voile. If the fabric frays, spray it with starch and press before cutting.