Floral Candle Holder with Patina Crackled Finish

Hello Little Birdie Crafts Fans! It’s Tracey back to share an altered project with you. I created this sweet wooden candle holder with a crackled patina finish decorated with gorgeous Little Birdie Crafts flowers from the ‘Woodland Stories’ collection that will be released later this year. Aren’t you excited to get your hands on these beauties?

Here is a tutorial showing how I created this lovely home decor piece:

Step 1

Texture is a great way to repurpose items. I found this wood block candle holder for a deep discount because it had a chip on one edge, but knew I could hide the flaw with texture. I applied two thick coats of Mixed Media Paste with a palette knife allowing the paste to dry between each coat. As you can see in the photos, the finish is textured and not smooth. In the top of the holder is a metal cup to set a candle into. I brushed this with several coats of regular white gesso to make sure there would be space for the candle to sit properly. Allow to dry completely. I let it sit overnight.

Step 2

Use a palette knife to apply Crackle Paste randomly across the entire surface. Although most of the surface is covered with crackle medium, I left some areas bare. Be sure to vary the amount of Crackle Paste. A thick application will give larger crackles while a thin application results in smaller crackles. Set aside for a couple hours to air dry. I find that crackle medium creates more defined cracks when air dried than when heat set. The resulting texture looks so fabulous!!

Step 3

Next add grungy color. I selected colors that would give a light patina effect. First I thinned down Golden Glaze Tinted Metallic Paint with water and randomly dabbed some onto one of the crackled surfaces that had been misted with water. After dabbing on the paint, I misted it again to help the paint move and drip across the surface and to seep into the cracks, then heat set to dry. I repeated for all four sides and then across the top. I repeated these steps using Caribbean Teal Metallic Paint, focusing on the lighter areas. I used a light touch with the paint, since my focus was on highlighting the texture, but keeping it light in color. Little Birdie creates the most amazing metallic paints! They are rich in mica and the photos don’t do justice to the sparkle these paints create. Don’t you just adore the grungy texture?

Step 4

I plan to add floral clusters to each side of the candle holder and wanted bits of gears to peak out around the flowers. I had a Primed Chipboard Cog that I had already snipped a couple gears off of. I cut the remainder of it into smaller pieces, then heat set with 2 coats of white embossing powder.

Step 5

Arrange flowers and cogs on each side. Use a strong glue to adhere. I’ve use the following flowers from the Woodland Stories collection to decorate the candle holder: Fairy Rosa, Fairy Garden, Alvero, Marina; Wendy, Angel Rose, Pearl Butterflies, Corolia, Elvina, Calypso; and Sparkle Florettes. I know someone special who decorates with teal, green, and orange, so this is the perfect gift for her with this fabulous color combination in the Woodland Stories collection.

Little Birdie Crafts Supplies

  • Woodland Stories ~ Fairy Rosa
  • Woodland Stories ~ Fairy Garden
  • Woodland Stories ~ Alvero
  • Woodland Stories ~ Marina
  • Woodland Stories ~ Wendy
  • Woodland Stories ~ Angel Rose
  • Woodland Stories ~ Pearl Butterflies
  • Woodland Stories ~ Corolia
  • Woodland Stories ~ Elvina
  • Woodland Stories ~ Calypso
  • Woodland Stories ~ Sparkle Florettes
  • Primed Chipboard ~ Cogs
  • Mixed Media Paste ~ 2 in 1 Gesso & Modelling Paste
  • Crackle Paste
  • Gesso ~ White
  • Tinted Metallic Paint ~ Golden Glaze
  • Tinted Metallic Paint ~ Caribbean Teal

Other Supplies

  • Wood Candle Base
  • Embossing Dabber
  • Embossing Powder – Seafood White
  • Strong Liquid Glue
  • Heat Tool


I hope you’ve been inspired to alter a home decor project with texture and gorgeous Little Birdie Crafts flowers.

~ Blessings ~


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