At home decor stores you could spend
anywhere from $5 to $25 or more on beautiful and unique candles. If you
hate to spend that kind
of money, but long to have elegant candles in your home, here’s a quick and
easy solution. Decorate your own candles for pennies on the dollar! This
crafting project will allow all the creative leeway you want and it is a perfect
idea for gifts as well! In only a few easy steps you will be enjoying the
glitter and gleam of your own homemade designer candles.
What will I need?
Small crafting pins ( I used small
Plain, inexpensive candles
How do I do it?
To get started you will want to
choose the candle you will be working with. Find a plain candle in any
size, shape and color at a local crafting store or discount retailer. There
are literally thousands of options to choose from. You could even pick up
a few and make a collection of candles. Next choose the beads you want to
add to the candle. There is a wide range of beads to choose from and most
come in packages of 20 or more. When purchasing your crafting pins be sure
to take note of the size of the hole in the beads you choose. You will
need to make sure that the head of the pin is large enough to securely place the
bead onto the candle. Packages of crafting pins can also be found a your
local crafting store and usually come in packages of 100 or more. These
pins come in both silver and gold tones, so you can choose which color best
compliments the beads and candle you choose.
1) Decide on a pattern that
you will be applying to your candle. You can place the beads randomly
around the candle or chose a striped (or other) pattern.
2) If you decide create a
pattern on your candle, use the point of one of the crafting pins and map out
the pattern by making small pin marks into the wax. Not too deep though,
you may decide later to change the pattern.
3) Using a crafting pin place
the bead onto the candle by inserting the pin through the hole in the bead.
Press firmly until the pin is inserted entirely into the candle. Due
to having to insert the pin all the way into the candle you may want to choose
the smallest length of pin that will allow you to place the bead onto the
4) Repeat until you have
completed your pattern or have placed the desired amount of beads onto the
candle. You’re done!
You now have a charming decorative
candle for the fraction of the cost! Family and friends will delight in
this thoughtful and creative gift.
Additional tips for this creative
Make a matched set of candles.
Purchase the same color of candles in differing sizes, or the same size of
candles in differing colors.
Display your candle collection on a
glass plate (you can purchase these inexpensive candle trays at a local discount
retailer or save even more money and look at the price of plain glass dishes.
You can usually pick up a good sized glass plate for about a dollar).
Add several different beads to one
Forgo using the beads and use just
the crafting pins inserted into the candle as decoration.
If you want to make a really fancy
pattern on your candle, use a stencil and map out the pattern.