How to Make An Easy Pressed Flower Votive DIY

Do you love an easy summer craft? This easy pressed flower votive DIY project transforms simple glass jars into pretty summer decor.

This simple pressed flower craft is so easy to create with these easy step-by-step instructions. It’s a pretty way to bring a touch of nature into your home decor for summer.

Pressed Flower Votive DIY

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You’re in for a treat today! It’s time once again for our monthly Handcrafted Society Blog Hop! The Handcrafted Society is a special group of my very talented blogging and crafting friends who come together each month to share one another’s beautifully crafted creations centered around a specific theme or craft medium for the month.

This month, we’re all sharing our interpretations and creations centered around this month’s chosen medium — dried and pressed flowers. 

You’re going to love the beautiful dried and pressed flower creations made by my talented friends, so be sure to visit everyone at at the end of the blog post to be inspired!

If this is your first time to Perfecting Places, welcome! I’m so glad you stopped by! I’m Kim, and I blog about all things home decor! I love to share easy DIYs and crafts for your home as well as paint colors, design sources, and favorite decorating tips and tricks to help you make your house a home!

Pressed flowers have a timeless nature and using them in your home is the perfect way to preserve and bring in the beauty of nature in your decor.

Whether you choose to dry your own flower petals or purchase some ready-made pressed flower options like I did, you can create a piece of art that’s tailor-made for your home. Plus, it’s the perfect way to preserve some of your favorite flowers and memories!

You’re going to love today’s project if you love a simple yet economical way to decorate your home. I’ve found the perfect way to transform some humble glass votive jars from the Dollar Tree into beautiful flower candleholders that add a perfect touch of nature to your home.

All it takes is a few simple inexpensive materials, and a little creativity and you’ll have a beautiful way to display the warm glow of candlelight in your home.

DIY Pressed flower votive holders in front of plant on the kitchen buffet

How to Make These Easy Pressed Flower Votive Holders:

If you have flowers growing in your garden, this craft is a perfect way to preserve some of your favorite blooms of the season. If you’re choosing to press your own flowers, you certainly will need to allow plenty of time to dry the flowers completely before using them in this votive holder craft.

I was on a much shorter time frame for this project, so I chose to order real dried and pressed flowers from Amazon.

Dried and pressed flowers from Amazon

I ordered this set of colorful flowers, and also this set of dried greenery which included a variety of stems, including green ferns.

I combined both the greenery and the colorful flowers on the votives for this project.

The great thing about this flower craft project is not only how easy it is, but also how creative it allows you to be. There really are no rules or limits. You can use as many colors flowers as you like on your votive holder.

Supplies Needed for Pressed Flower Votive Holders:

Step 1: Choose a Glass Votive Holder to Decorate

I found the cutest votive holders from Dollar Tree that included a pretty little black metal stand.

Dollar Tree small glass votive holder with black stand

I think the stand is so cute and elevates the look (I guess literally) of the vote of holders. The metal add a little substance to the glass holders.

If you can’t find the votives with the little stands, any small glass jar or even mason jars will do!

Step 2: Apply the Flowers with the Mod Podge

Use a small one-inch foam brush to apply a small amount of Mod Podge to the glass jar or votive holder.

Mod Podge adhesive for the pressed flowers
Brush on the Mod Podge to the glass votive holder.
Attaching the pressed fern stem to the glass votive holder with glue.

I actually found it easier to apply a small amount at a time, just enough to attach each flower or fern.

After I added the first flower, I worked around the votive holder and applied the press flowers in the manner I designed. There’s no perfect way or specific way to do it, just add them as you like the look.

Step 3: Add an Additional Layer of Mod Podge to the Entire Glass Jar

After I attached each flower, I added an additional layer of glue over it to help secure it. I did this around the glass until they were all complete.

After all of the flowers and greenery were attached, I brushed the Mod Podge all over the glass jar, even in the areas where there were no flowers. This was to create a pretty mottled affect over the entire glass surface.

Applying Mod Podge adhesive over pressed flowers on a glass votive holder

I did not want a smooth surface for the votive holder. The mottled surface adds a little extra character.

To further this process, after I brushed on the glue, I took the side of the foam brush and dabbed it all over in a quick fashion to “rough up” the surface. This was just a random process with no specific pattern. Just work until you have the look that you like.

The mod podge will dry clear and not white as it looks while you are applying it.

Step 4: Allow the Mod Podge to Dry Completely

Before inserting the pressed flower votive holder back into its metal stand, make sure the glue has completely dried. It doesn’t take very long.

Pressed Flower Votive DIY

Step 5: Add a Votive Candle or Tea Light

I used small battery-operated candles in my votive holders, but you don’t have to do that. I just used what I had on hand.

I like to display our pressed flower jars underneath our TV on our mantle, and I don’t like to use a real candle in this location. The battery-operated candles are perfect for this location. They’re safe and they don’t impact the TV at all. You can even purchase candles with a remote control to make it easy to light them.

Pressed Flower Votive DIY

I hope these pressed flower candle holders inspire you to create your own craft project using your favorite flowers! Simple craft ideas are the most fun to create because they’re ready to use around your home in no time!

These little votive holders are pretty around your home in a variety of places and make great gifts for family and friends — perfect for birthdays, Mother’s Day, hostess gifts, or anytime you need a personal and thoughtful gift idea!

I hope you give them a try!

Now, for even more dried and pressed flower ideas, be sure to check out my talented friends below!!

​Happy Crafting!

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  1. Kim, love your votives and how you used the Mod Podge to look almost like a cracking finish over the glass. Beautiful project!

    1. Thank you so much, Missy! I love battery-operated candles! They look realistic, and I feel much better knowing I’m not going to catch anything on fire:)

  2. Hi Kim! I love a great Dollar Tree DIY and this one is fabulous! Not only is it easy but it’s beautiful and looks so high-end! I’m glad to know you can buy pressed flowers and greenery! They worked perfectly for this project! Pinning now!

    1. Thank you, Donna!! I love an easy DIY, and this one certainly fits the bill! Being able to buy real pressed flowers makes it easy for anyone to try!

  3. These came out beautiful, Kim. I love how the glass now looks frosted. I have to admit, I always look forward to seeing how creative this group is.

    1. Thanks so much, Wendy! I agree –it’s such a creative and talented group, and I always love seeing all of the fabulous projects! Thanks so much for organizing us!

  4. First I have to say – I had NO IDEA you could order pressed flowers from Amazon. That makes life so much easier. And it looks like they have an amazing selection to boot! I love how your votive candle holders turned out. I will remember this next year for Mother’s Day.

  5. Kim, I am sooo excited about these. What really elevates them is that simple “extra” of the mottling. They look so high end. LOVE!!!

  6. These turned out lovely, Kim! It’s so nice to be able to order pressed flowers on Amazon, right? I love the pops of color from the flowers, too. Thanks for the inspiration!

  7. Hi Kim! There’s nothing better than a fabulous Dollar Tree DIY! Adding those beautiful pressed flowers turned your votives into a work of art! Pinning now because I can’t wait to try this one day!

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