Several weeks ago I followed Manuela's lead and made myself some lovely toile candles. I've enjoyed these and gotten lots of compliments on them.
Now that I've taken down my St. Patrick's Day decorations, I'm wanting to decorate for Easter. I found myself wishing that I had some special Easter candles. Then I remembered that I had a few leftover Easter napkins. Those, along with pillar candles, Mod Podge, and a foam brush, are all I needed to make some Easter candles.
I held my napkin against the candle and wrapped the napkin around, trying to get a feel for how to center my design.
Then I cut two napkins into identical pieces, because I wanted to make two identical candles.
Then I simply ModPodged the napkin onto the sides of my pillar candles. (My method is to coat the entire candle [the sides, that is, not the top or bottom] in Mod Podge, carefully press the tissue onto the wet surface, allow to dry completely, and then coat the entire thing with a protective layer of Mod Podge.) Perhaps you can tell how very neat I am at decoupage:
ModPodging tissue paper is not an exact science, especially onto a cylindrical surface. Use tissue paper only if you're happy with an imperfect surface. If you try to get out every little wrinkle, you'll end up tearing the tissue. I just tried to flatten the surface as much as possible, then put the candles on wax paper to dry.
As you can see, I only decoupaged the napkin onto the sides of the pillar candle, leaving the top plain. This way I can burn the candles without fear of fire.
I love the way this looks when it's lit:
**Safety warning: When burning these candles, be sure to keep the wick trimmed VERY short.
You never want the candle flame to reach the paper edges of the candle.
Never, ever leave a burning candle unattended.**