What better way to announce the arrival of spring than by displaying a group of stenciled votives that literally spells the word ‘spring’?! Self-adhesive letters, spray paint and sealant will have them ready for candles or flowers to kick off the season.

Votive candleholders come in a variety of sizes and shapes—we used standard-sized candleholders to accommodate letters that were 2 inches tall. If you choose a different-sized votive, simply adjust the size of the letters accordingly.

One word of caution: be careful when removing the letters—you want the lines to remain crisp and don’t want to scratch up the paint! Using the edge of an X-acto knife will help get you get started.

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How to make stenciled votives

How to Make Spring Stenciled Votives
  • newspaper
  • 6 standard-sized [url href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000RJAU0Y/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B000RJAU0Y&linkCode=as2&tag=chery01-20&linkId=E6AWCBJFD6TR4QAU” target=”_blank” title=”Votive Candleholders”]votive candleholders[/url], washed and dried
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  • all-in-one spray paint with primer
  • [url href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005KRSWM6/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B005KRSWM6&linkCode=as2&tag=chery01-20&linkId=X5Z6ZNVUWO3NYWMX” target=”_blank” title=”Precision knife”]precision knife[/url] (optional)
  • [url href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003W0A19U/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B003W0A19U&linkCode=as2&tag=chery01-20&linkId=LDRKF2MRWOUUG7FH” target=”_blank” title=”Spray Sealant”]spray sealant[/url]
  • votive candles or flowers
  1. Protect your work surface with newspaper.
  2. Adhere one self-adhesive letter to each candleholder to spell ‘spring.’
  3. Flip candleholders upside down and spray evenly with a coat of all-in-one paint with primer. Allow them to sit for 15 minutes then carefully peel off the letters using a precision knife.
  4. Spray sealant as the topcoat then allow it to dry several hours before handling.
  5. Fill with votive candles or flowers and display.
If you don’t have an all-in-one spray paint and primer, use a primer first then regular spray paint to ensure better coverage.