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Patriotic Votives

When twilight follows the sunset this Fourth of July, you can add a bit of illumination to the festivities by transforming different-size glass containers into patriotic votives. The process is simple, and all the required materials are easily available at local crafts stores.

Source: Martha Stewart Living Television, Volume June 2002





  • Assorted cylindrical clear-glass containers

  • Glassine sheets in red, white, and blue

  • Tape measure

  • Rotary cutter or edgers

  • Double-sided tape

  • Glue stick


  1. Measure the height and circumference of the container, adding 1/2 inch to the circumference. Cut a piece of glassine to these measurements. Wrap the glassine around the container, and adhere using the double-sided tape.

  2. Use the remaining colors to create patterns and decorations on the votive, such as stripes of colored glassine. Cut the stripes with the edgers or rotary cutter to give them an added visual appeal. Affix the decorations to the votive using the double-sided tape or glue stick.

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