How to Decorate a Pillar Candle

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How to Decorate a Pillar Candle
Customise a pillar candle as a one-of-a-kind gift. (candle image by Sandra Henderson from

Pillar candles are thick, round and come in several heights. Decorative candles can be costly, so enhance plain, inexpensive votives using simple craft items. If you plan to burn the candle, place the embellishments at the bottom rather than the top. Decorated pillar candles make ideal gifts and can be customised to reflect recipients' interests and hobbies.

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Things you need

  • Pillar candle
  • Straight pins
  • Seed beads
  • Pressed flowers and leaves
  • Craft glue
  • Paraffin
  • Acrylic craft paint
  • Glitter glue
  • Stencils
  • Ribbon or raffia

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    Choose a pillar candle to decorate. Pillar candles are available in a variety of scents, colours and sizes. Pick a traditional wax candle, or one made with clean-burning soy wax or beeswax. Buy a candle featuring a colour that coordinates with a room, party theme or decorative style.

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    Enhance the candle with a mosaic pattern using colourful glass seed beads. Slide a seed bead onto a straight pin and push the pin all the way into the candle. Use a variety of different coloured beads to create geometric designs and swirl patterns.

  3. 3

    Glue pressed flowers and leaves to the pillar candle. Press small flowers and leaves between the pages of a heavy book to allow them to dry. Use craft glue to attach the flowers and leaves to the candle. Dip the decorated candle into melted paraffin to seal the decorations onto the candle.

  4. 4

    Decorate the candle using acrylic craft paint. Depending on the desired look, use glossy or matt paint. Create designs such as hearts, flowers and stars using stencils. Use glitter glue for a shiny, festive look.

  5. 5

    Tie a decorative ribbon around the pillar candle. Use a velvet ribbon for a glamorous look, or a piece of raffia for a country-inspired style. Choose a red and green ribbon to create a Christmas candle, or a pastel-hued ribbon for an Easter votive. Wrap the ribbon around the candle and tie a bow at the front.

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