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Hand-Painted Butterfly Candle Holder

Hand-Painted Butterfly Candle Holder

Stain Glass Butterfly Candle Holder

Today I am showing how to make a stain glass butterfly candle holder. If you are not someone that knows how to draw this article is about how to easily create a candle holder using clipart as a stencil. Go online to find a clipart design that you would like to make a candle out of. I choose a butterfly for this project. Coloring book designs are also a good source for this project.

How to paint a butterfly candle holder using Pebeo Vitrea 160 glass paints.
How to paint a butterfly candle holder using Pebeo Vitrea 160 glass paints.

I am using Pebeo Vitrea 160 paints and outliner. When these paints dry they give a stain glass effect. Baking your finished artwork will harden the paint to make it permanent and dishwasher safe. I suggest hand washing to keep the vibrant colors for a longer life of the item. If painting on plastic it will take 21 days to cure. This paint is non-toxic and water-based for easy cleanup.

This paint is beautiful on glass items. When the light shines from behind it cast a beautiful stain glass effect similar to a stained glass window.


Butterfly candle holder supplies, Pebeo paints, Outliner, Clipart, Stencil
Candle Holder Supplies

Let’s Get Started


Print a clipart design you like and use it as a stencil.

Find a clipart design online or from a coloring book. Make sure it has bold lines. The fewer the better. You want to be able to outline the design. This will become your stencil. I bought the candle holder from the Dollar Tree.

Tape stencil to the inside of the candle holder.

Tape the stencil to the inside of the candle holder in the position you like.

Using Pebeo Vitrea 160 outliner in black to trace the lines of the stencil. Make sure to close all of your black lines. Do not leave gaps. This helps to contain the paint colors and keep them from flowing into the wrong area. If the tip of the outliner applicator gets to gunked up, wipe it off with a paper towel. You want to keep as clean of a line as you can.


Add Pebeo sapphire paint to the dots of the butterfly.

I added a little bit of each color into squeeze bottles. It makes it easier to use. Start by squeezing a tiny drop into the butterfly wing spots. I used Sapphire Blue.

Using Pebeo amaranthine to color the outer wing of the butterfly.

Using the color Amaranthine, I squeezed a small line on to the outer wing.

Paint the outer wings of the butterfly.

I spread the color out using a toothpick or stylus so all areas were covered.

I used Pebeo Vitrea 160 Lazuli color to paint the body of the butterfly.

The butterfly body is painted with the color Lazuli.

Using Pebeo Vitrea 160 Bengal Pink color to paint the inside wing of the butterfly

I used Bengal pink color for the inside of the butterfly wings.

Using Pebeo Vitrea 160 Sun Yellow color I painted in the middle of the butterfly wings.

Lastly, I used Sun Yellow to paint the middle of the butterfly wing.

I painted the butterfly wings inside to outside avoiding already wet areas. It helps to keep it from overflowing into the area next to it. Avoid using to much paint. It will puddle and dry in an area making it look darker and overpainted.

Completed Butterfly Candle Holder

Completed painting the butterfly to create a stain glass effect using Pebeo Vitrea 160 paint.

I will add glass rocks to the bottom to hold the candle in place. I can use either a votive or tea light. Either candle will work. The light from the candle will shine through the painted butterfly with a stained glass effect.

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How to paint a butterfly candle holder using Pebeo Vitrea 160 glass paints.

How to hand paint a stain glass butterfly candle holder with Pebeo Paints

Here is a PDF for download

Butterfly hand painted candle holder

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