The series “Get Crafty” features handy how-to guides that will help you tap into your passion for crafting and show you how to make all kinds of fun and inventive creations. Craft expert Julie Mulligan will provide a step-by-step tutorial for the creation process.

Here’s another way to design using the sunny and versatile sunflower. I’ve found that both their large centers and hardiness make them the perfect vessel for holding a votive or tea light candle.

These are two methods that I’ve used and both work great!

1: Painted LED Votive Light

What you’ll need:

  • Brown acrylic paint
  • Small paint brush
  • White plastic LED flameless tea light candles
  • Sunflowers

How to:

  1. Cover your surface with a piece of scrap paper.
  2. Apply the first coat of paint and allow to dry.
  3. Apply a second coat and allow to dry.
  4. Apply the third and final coat.

That’s it! I found that it took three coats of paint to achieve the nice, deep brown color that would allow the tea light to blend in with the center of the sunflower.

You can use any size sunflower, from the petite size above to a very large size. Check out my video on the mobile 1-800 Instagram to see how to make a sunflower votive centerpiece using large size sunflowers. If you’re already on a mobile device, click here to watch the video!

2: Sunflower Votive Holder

What you’ll need:

  • Tea light
  • Sunflower (any color)
  • Sharp knife and/or spoon for scooping

How to:


Cut the stem from the sunflower so that the sunflower sits flat on a surface. 


You can also use a knife or even a spoon to scoop out the center of the circle to make room for the votive.


Use the tin holder to create the area where you’ll insert the votive. 


Place the candle with the tin holder into the opening that you’ve created. 


Press the tin into the center of the sunflower as far down into the flower as you can.

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Julie started her career in the floral industry over 30 years ago in a small, family-owned flower shop. From floral designer to author and lifestyle expert, her insight has been instrumental in developing the brand. Representing the company’s floral lifestyle vision, Julie has shared her talent and passion in numerous television appearances and national magazine features. She is an active fundraiser and longtime friend of IGHL, a group dedicated to facilitating a more independent life for developmentally challenged adults.

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