How to decorate candles with tissue paper

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How to decorate candles with tissue paper
Decorating old candles with tissue paper gives them new life. (candle image by Fotocie from Fotolia.com)

Decorating candles with tissue paper transforms an inexpensive taper into a handsome gift. With the wide variety of colours and patterns of tissue paper available, you can achieve just about any look that you can imagine. Layering tissue paper over the base candle so that it or other decorative embellishments show through adds layers of interest to this simple accessory and a finishing touch sure to be appreciated by you or your gift recipient.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Liquid starch
  • Glue stick
  • Paper embellishments
  • Seed beads
  • 1/2-inch sequin pins

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Remove any wrapping from the dripless candle.

  2. 2

    Tear tissue paper of various colours and patterns into scraps in proportion to the candle. Tear lots of scraps for a good assortment and variety to work with, avoiding true squares or rectangles unless you desire a geometric look--odd shapes work best.

  3. 3

    Pour liquid starch into a bowl.

  4. 4

    Dip a tissue scrap into the starch, saturating the paper completely and allowing the excess to drip off before using. Press the paper on to the side of the candle, and smooth out the creases--or leave the creases depending on the look you like.

  5. 5

    Repeat with additional tissue scraps, of varying sizes, shapes, colours and patterns, until you get the look you desire.

  6. 6

    Add paper-type embellishments like dried flower petals or cancelled postage stamps by dipping them into the starch bath and placing them on the side of the candle.

  7. 7

    Adhere a second layer of starch-coated tissue scraps over the paper embellishments to secure them in place and help them to blend in and become part of the overall design.

  8. 8

    Add an assortment of seed beads by pinning them into the candle, on top of the tissue, with 1/2-inch sequin pins in whatever pattern, random or contrived, you like. Pin other glass or metal embellishments to the sides of the candle for added visual interest. You will be able to recycle these from candle to candle.

Tips and warnings

  • Since the project uses scraps, save your leftover tissue from gifts for future candle projects.
  • Only decorate dripless candles that burn down the centre to avoid a potential fire hazard.

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