How to Make a Celebration Candlecomments (3) May 15th, 2009
Candles always make a gathering more festive. Here's a simple way to dress them up to match your party decor.
What you'll need:
- Pillar candle (see notes below)
- Decorative paper
- Paper grocery bag
- Two pencils
- Masking tape
- Mod Podge (see note below)
- Paintbrush or foam brush
- Ribbon or rickrack (optional)
If you use colored candles, keep in mind that the dyes could run a little once you paint Mod Podge on the candle. Always protect your work surface when doing this project.
A note about Mod Podge: Just for fun, I mixed two kinds of Mod Podge for this project. I stirred a little Shimmer Mod Podge, which is silvery in color, into regular matte finish Mod Podge. The resulting medium has a slight shimmer to it, which is very pretty in person, although very hard to capture in photographs!
Begin by cutting out some decorative paper motifs to decorate your candle. The paper should be on the thin side, like old wrapping paper or magazine cutouts. Heavyweight scrapbook papers or photo prints or card stock won't work as well because they don't have enough flexibility to wrap cleanly around the candle.
Next, prepare your work surface. Put down some paper to protect it from spills—as I mentioned last week, I prefer paper grocery bags, cut apart and flattened.
In addition, tape down two pencils side by side, about 1-1/2 inches apart, as shown. These create a nice stabilizer for your candle, so you can lay it on its side while you work, and it won't roll around.
From there, the decoupage process is easy. You'll work one section at a time. Brush a generous coat of Mod Podge on the candle where you want the paper to be.
Immediately place the paper cutout over the glue. This will saturate the back side of the paper.
After you make this project, show off your work to other members!
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