Monday, March 22, 2010

DIY Easter candles




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.**

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20 comments:

  1. Thanks for tutorial...I love your idea and the candles you made.

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  2. That's a great idea, and I love how it looks when lit. I just found your blog and am finding lots of fabulous and creative ideas! I'll be back for sure.

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  3. Your candles turned out great! I'll remember this!
    ~rebekah

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  4. What a great idea! I love how it looks. :)

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  6. These candles are beautiful! Thank you so much for the inspiration!

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  7. What a great idea! they're beautiful

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  8. I love the candles. I can't wait to see where you are using them.
    Carla

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  9. Beautiful! ..and a great photo how-to! I hopped over from a "A Soft Place to Land" and am so happy that I did. Please accept my invitation to drop in at my place one day this week when you get a moment. until later...

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  10. Turned out great. I love Manuela's blog.

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  11. Those look GREAT! I missed this one yesterday. :) I am a MESS with Mod Podge...I need to go to Mod Podge class or something. Or maybe just practice. You did a good job. :)

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  12. These are fantastic, but where did you get the napkins that say Rejoice? They are superb, too.

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  13. Beautiful! Great idea, I love how they turned out!
    Have a great day!
    Courtney @ Red Heads Craft More Fun

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  14. Beautiful! Thanks for sharing ... :)

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  15. Very pretty. You could use them at Christmas as well. You should submit this to Mod Podge Rocks!
    Sarah

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  17. I love this. Cannot wait to try it. It is simply beautiful! Be blessed. Cindy

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  18. These are fantastic, but where did you get the napkins that say Rejoice? They are superb, too.

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  19. Amit, I found the napkins at a Hallmark store. Aren't they lovely?

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