February 17, 2011

Making Holiday Candles

NOTE: I don’t think you could burn candles in one of these candles as it would probably be unsafe due to the risk of fire.

Holiday Candles CraftSince I’m trying to decorate for more holidays this year and don’t have a lot of money to spend on it I’ve had to get creative and I found a really easy and cheap way to make candles season specific. All you need is a candle, some ribbon (which I have a lot of) and some metal in holiday shapes (I used jewelry).

This is the first one I made was this one. I had this holder for years.

I had the heart and really had some trouble figuring out how to put it on the ribbon. Candle with heart (2) Finally I figured out that if I put a loop through it that went around the holder, the brought the ends of the ribbon back around to the back to tie the bow. (The second picture below is what the ribbon would look like if it was taken off the holder.

Putting heart on ribbonoff the candleLove pin candle

The second one I made was from the colored glass center part of this Thanksgiving holder:Thanksgiving candle

I just wove the ribbon through the pin and tied a bow on the back.

Back of candles

Shamrock Candle

I wasn’t sure if I would be able to find anything for St. Patrick's day, but I found this pin among some I inherited from my Grandma R. I just changed the candle in the first holder and pinned the piece of jewelry on the center of the cream piece of ribbon and tied it around the holder.

I have discovered that holders with a little shape like the clear ones work better than ones that decrease in size, top to bottom, like this \/, as the ribbon wants to slip on it. Also, I used spare jewelry that I didn’t need to wear right then (which you could get a thrift store if you don’t have any for that holiday) or if you are more gifted than I, you could make shapes from wire like Sheri@Childmade does (she had tutorials for hearts, shamrocks, etc.). Or, you could use any type of metal embellishments, for instance ones for wedding invitations. Just be creative, look around your house and/or the dollar/thrift/party stores and see what you find.

The total cost for me for this was $0, but I'm sure with some smart shopping, you could make it for less than $5 each.

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  1. The shamrock is my absolute fave! So cute!! Love the pretty bows too. :)

    Thanks so much for linking up with my Weekend Bloggy Reading party. :) Hope you find some great reads, and come visit Serenity Now again soon! :)

  2. Cute cute! I wouldn't have thought to use pins to decorate the candles!

    Thanks so much for linking to "20 Below Thursday"! :)

  3. Thanks Christina! It was a little of a family effort to come up with the idea. Thanks for hosting the party!


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