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DIY Constellation Votives

by Grace Bonney

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Ah, stars. They’re not something that I get to enjoy very often living in DC, but they’re usually out in full force when I visit my parents’ house in Tennessee. Their backyard — outside any city’s limits — affords one of the clearest, most expansive, and gloriously star-filled skies around. In fact, it was in this very backyard that I got married in the summer of 2010 and under those same stars that I danced that ridiculously fun night away. I guess you could say that a starry night sort of fills my heart with all kinds of nostalgia. For me, this little candleholder project — sporting a minimalist guide to the stars — is a gentle reminder of the skies of my hometown. For those without the light pollution, they’d provide a stylish (and clever) stargazing guide for a relaxed backyard evening. –Mandy Pellegrin

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The full how-to continues after the jump…


-white oven-bake clay
-toothpick or skewer
-constellation guide
-permanent marker

DIY Constellation Candleholders - Materials


-rolling pin
-biscuit/cookie cutter


1. Roll the clay out to about 1/4″ thick and cut out several circles using a biscuit cutter approximately 2.5″ in diameter.

DIY Constellation Candleholders - Step 1

2. Use a constellation guide like this one to mark and make holes for the stars with a toothpick or skewer.

DIY Constellation Candleholders - Step 2

3. Make holders for the tealights by taking a small amount of clay, rolling it into a ball, and smashing a divot in the center large enough to fit a tealight.

DIY Constellation Candleholders - Step 3

4. Bake the constellation circles and tealight holders in the oven according to the directions on the clay’s packaging.
5. Once cool, discretely label the back of each circle with the constellation name (so you won’t forget).
6. Glue each tealight holder to the bottom center back of a constellation circle, and enjoy!

DIY Constellation Candleholders - Step 6

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