Arabesque Napkin Votives {Tutorial}

I was at the party store and came across these arabesque napkins and fell in love with the design.  I wasn’t sure what I was going to use them for, but I knew they were not headed into the kitchen or dining room.


What I loved most about the napkins were the gold margins. I thought this activity was perfect to do with my daughter since it highlights that gold on both these previously blank votive candle holders. This helps tie them together, when before, I had gotten them both as gifts from different people.


You can do this same process with any type of napkin that has two layers or any glass surface. Imagine the possibilities next time you are at the party store!



Votive candle holders of various heights
Foam brush
Mod Podge

This project works best with napkins that are two layers. They tend to be thinner and absorb the Mod Podge better.  Pull the layers apart and now you can take the bottom layer to the kitchen or dinning room.

Make sure the glass is clean and dry before you apply a thin layer of Mod Podge.

Lay the arabesque napkin on top and add another layer of Mod Podge. Our napkin didn’t go all the way around, so we carefully matched up a second napkin to the design. Cut off any extra napkin on top. Tip: to help it blend a little better, fray the edge a little bit. This helps the paper fibers blend.

Set that votive holder aside and make another and another and another.  As many as you’d like.  Once they are dry, add a second layer of Mod Podge and now they are ready for the candles.

If you enjoyed making this candle activity, please stop by these others we’ve tried

Eid Wax Paper Candle {Tutorial}

Lebanese Flag Candle {Tutorial}

Palm Tree Cookie Cutter Candle {Tutorial}

Visit A Crafty Arab on Pinterest to see more fun tutorials that use arabesque designs.


I am a Libyan American who creates art to promote a positive image of Arab and Islamic culture.