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About Me: I am the creative person behind Ribbonwood Cottage. A mother, wife and grandmother. My goal in life is to leave a lasting legacy to my family that life is incredible. God gave us this one life and it is worth the journey! A believer. A pianist, church music and worship director. Focused on intentionally living the best life possible.

September 8, 2008

Candle Redoo-What?

Ok it all started with last years candles-which look a little pitiful this season. I lit them and let them get quite a bit of melted wax inside.
Next I gathered some plain white candles, and a couple fall cutouts...that I cut out of scrapbook paper.

I gathered together a wooden candlestick that I got at a thrift store and spray painted. Also a canning jar lid...spray painted and glued them together to make a larger candle holder.

Next I started painting with the wet wax on the white candle till the entire candle was painted. I had to work quick, the air conditioner was on (in the 100's here in So. Cal.), so the wax hardened quicker. I painted the candles then where the wax was wet I attached the crow or pumpkin and quickly painted was under the sides and then over the top to hold it down. Next time I think I would just glue down the piece or maybe use a large scrapbook sticker.

This crow went on pretty easily, it was cut out of cardstock. Obviously I won't be lighting these candles just using them for decoration.

I kept painting and painting with the wax till it was fully covered.
But the final candle for the pumpkin I really liked, I'm not sure about the crow candle. Not sure how I would do it different. I just wanted grubby and prim looking candles for the fall season.
The grubby candle with cinnamon smells amazing and I really like it on the little candle holder I made.
If you have any ideas on how to do this better, PLEASE tell me, I would love to try this again with better results.
Thanks for coming by,


carolyn@simple~primitive~devotion said...

This is a great idea! I have never glued on shapes, but have used a lit candle to soften other candels before rolling into spices.

Leslie said...

Great idea :)

I have painted candles (I had tapers that weren't the color that I wanted and didn't feel like buying more! LOL) and even added oatmeal and other combos to get that grubby look. It works!

Love your fall candles :)

Have a great day!

Georgia Girl said...

Oh cool! I never would have thought of doing this. So many talented crafters I have found and lovin it.

Darlene said...

Those candles turned out really cute!!! Cute idea of gluing on shapes!! More cute Fall decor....

Robin Beck said...

I actually think the crow looks very primitive. I would have never thought to do this! Great idea!

Leslie said...

Just in case you didn't know...the oatmeal mixture needs glue, too. Just regular old white glue, like Elmer's. I can't really say how much but you can usually tell. Not enough and the oatmeal won't stick and too much and it will all slide down the candle. You can tint it, also by adding paint to the mixture. Mess with it and you'll figure out the right amounts!

Bobbi Jo Nichols said...

Very cute and what a clever idea. Hugs, Bobbi Jo

Linda - Behind My Red Door said...

I like the last one - not sure how to change it up though!!

Joy said...

I like the way your candles turned out. I tried something similar to that a few years ago using fall leaves and soap. It was for decorative purposes only too, but it looked great in my bathroom.

Elizabeth said...

I would never have thought of this! Very creative.

God Bless,

Kim -today's creative blog said...

Great candle tutorial! Hey, I have your quilts up! Thank you!!!

Unknown said...

Hi Debbie,
This is so creative! I love it!

The Berry's Patch said...

Oh Debbie, what a cute idea. I just love that you used a jar lid for the candle holder. Ingenious!!

Cottage Rose said...

Hey Debbi; I love you candle redos. I would have never thought of doing that. What a great idea. I am going to have to try it, and use some of the other idea on the comments. So many great crafter's out in blog world. love it.


Angie said...

Great idea for redoing candles! I will have to add that to my list of ideas. I am so glad you visited my blog and left me a sweet message. I am bookmarking you so I will be sure to check you out daily. I can't wait to read all your old posts!

Kitty Scraps said...

What a great idea! And they turned out looking all prim which I love *smiles*

Yankee Ridge Primitives said...

What an awesome idea! They came out great:)

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

What a neat idea!! I'd never thought of doing that ~ wow, I love them!! Thanks so much for sharing!

Big TX Hugs,
Angelic Accents

Michelle said...

I just found your blog. Thanks for sharing this idea!! I hope to be back soon to read more!!