Thursday, December 3, 2015

Upcycled Metal Candle Holder and Matching Christmas Gift Tag with Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts

Hi everyone!  In case you did not know, Gina's Designs Lasercuts is now officially known as Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts.  The products are still the same high quality as always, just the name has changed.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday with their family and friends.  But now, the rush is on and Christmas will be here before you know it.  For me, it seems that the next few weeks will simply fly by in no time at all.  So, I wanted to share a really quick vintage style Christmas home decor piece to either use in your own home or gift to someone special.  I also added a pretty matching gift tag, as well.

So, for my quick and easy Christmas project, I started with yet another Dollar Store find.  This time, it was this metal candle holder.
I first painted the metal with Coral Berry Silks Acrylic Glaze, mixed with a tiny bit of Egyptian Gold Radiant Rain dauber on a makeup sponge.  I simply put both colors on the sponge and dabbed it all over, inside and out.  When that dried, I painted a light coat of the Carmen Silks Acrylic Glaze around the top and bottom border of the holder, wiping away the excess.

While that was drying, I chose these snowflakes to use as decorative elements and coated each one with white gesso.
Apply Stardust Stickles to the snowflakes border.  Let dry, turn over and glitter the other side.
 Apply Stickles Waterfall to the individual snowflakes, let dry.
 Paint both sides of a Filigree Frame with white gesso, then Titan Buff, let dry.
Dab frame with Egyptian Gold Radiant Rain dauber for a shabby chic, vintage look, let dry.
Print angel collage sheet onto a transparency and let dry.  
Cut out one angel image and adhere to a piece of vellum.
Then adhere behind frame, as shown.
Adhere snowflakes, snowflakes border, and framed image to candle holder, as shown.  

For safety, do not use an actual tea light with a flame.  Instead, place a battery-operated tea light inside and see the beautiful glow.
Candle holder with battery-operated tea light turned on

Back with battery-operated tea light turned on 
For the tag, I simply cut out the shape from double-sided print Christmas paper, punched a hole and added an eyelet to thread my gold ribbon through.
I glued a second angel collage image from the transparency, adhered it to another scrap of vellum, and then to the tag.  

Gold line stickers were applied around the collage image, and a decorative punched piece of the same vellum was added to the bottom of the tag.

Paint two feathery flourishes with Titan Buff.  Dab flourishes with Egyptian Gold Radiant Rain dauber and let dry.  Adhere to tag along collage image, as shown above.
In photo above, you can see where I cut away a small piece to make it fit my project
Die cut holly leaves and berries from green and red  card stock, shape with your fingers and add around the image, as shown above.

Supplies used:

GSL Winter Shape Set
GSL Filigree Frames
GSL Feathery Flourishes
Altered Pages Ivory Angels Collage Sheet
ColourArte  Coral Berry Silks Acrylic Glaze
ColourArte  Emerald Silks Acrylic Glaze
ColourArte   Carmen Silks Acrylic Glaze
ColourArte  Egyptian Gold Radiant Rain dauber
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic Titan Buff
Black acrylic paint
White gesso
Stickles Waterfall and Stardust
Battery-operated tea light

I hope you enjoyed this fun, quick and easy project today.  I know our time is precious, especially this time of year, and this was truly a quick project, and I really love how it turned out.  

So be sure to stop by Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts blog and online store for more inspiration and check out the awesome laser cut chipboard products.  

Thanks for stopping by, and have a wonderful and creative week!



  1. Absolutely gorgeous Barbara! Thank you so much for the tutorial!!
    ps... could you put a word into Gina about a follow by email on the blog? I miss not having the regular feed!

  2. What a stunning upcycle! Such fantastic texture and design! Love the vintage appeal and sparkle!