These are so easy to make it’s ridiculous but they look like you bought them at a high end candle shop. Give them as gifts, decorate your own home, impress your friends and family, just don’t tell anyone you made them because they won’t believe you!
- White Glue or Mod Podge
- Wax pillar candle, new or used or battery operated pillar candle or poured candle in glass
- Pretty napkins, tissue paper, wrapping paper, pages of a book or scrapbook paper
- Paint Brush
- If your candle is new, unwrap it, if it is one that your sister has, clean it off with a damp paper towel.
- Decide where you want your paper to go on the candle and cut or tear out the design. I tore my napkins at the top and I love the way it looks. If you’re cutting them, measure and mark them so that they align properly in the back.
- When using a napkin, if your napkin is two ply, separate it into two pieces. Discard the not pretty side. Image 2
- Apply a thin coat of white glue or Mod Podge. I have used both and found no major difference in the mechanics. Some crafters say that white glue tends to yellow or crack after awhile but I haven’t had this problem. Image 3
- Working quickly place the paper on your candle and tap our any air bubbles with your paint brush. If your paper tears, throw it away and grab another piece. It’s a piece of paper, don’t let it intimidate you, you are the boss of it, not the other way around. Oh yeah, and it WILL be wrinkle, I promise, but I love the wrinkled look the older I get. 😉
Now where was I… oh yeah,
- Once the paper is in place, apply another coat of white glue or Mod Podge and set it aside to dry. Image 4
That’s it… I know, pretty easy, huh?
Here are a few more pointers and comments.
- Will the paper burn?
Well… probably, but if the flame reaches the paper I think you have bigger worries than just the paper burning.
- My paper tore, I hate it, I wasted a whole candle!
No you haven’t, you big baby! Go to the sink and wash it off or wrap a wet a paper towel around it and the paper and adhesive will unadhere. Spell check says that “unadhere” isn’t a word but you and I both know what I mean. 😉
- All my candles are in glass, will this treatment work on glass?
I am so glad you asked, it works and looks great on glass! I used the gloss Mod Podge and I’d happily give it as a gift. Mod Podge swears that it is “top dishwasher safe” however I’m still skeptical. If you’re giving yours as a gift enclose a note that it should be cleaned with a soft, damp cloth and allowed to air dry.