What kind of glitter is used to decorate candles?

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What kind of glitter is used to decorate candles?
Decorate taper or pillar candles with glitter. (Image by Maja Dumat; Flickr.)

Candles covered with glitter can cost a lot from shops, but you can create your own for a very small price. Because you are making the candles yourself, you can ensure that the glitter will complement the other decor in the room. You can use any type of candle for your project. You can decorate several candles with glitter in less than 30 minutes.

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Candle types

Almost any type of candle can be decorated with glitter. Pillar candles and taper candles are the most commonly used varieties to decorate dining room tables and fireplace mantlepieces. Tapers are tall and thin, typically between 15 cm and 45 cm tall. Pillar candles are wider in diameter and stand at least 7.5 cm tall. Votive candles are about 5 cm tall and usually fit inside a small glass votive candle holder. Tea lights, gel candles and jar candles are not recommended for decorating with glitter because of their size, material and container.

Glue types

Spray adhesive is a simple and clean glue to use when decorating candles with glitter. It does require that you work in a well-ventilated area, but does not require any other tools like brushes. You could also use white glue, but you might have to thin it out with a bit of water before applying it to the candle with a brush. Wax is a third adhesive that can be used to stick the glitter to the candle. You can melt paraffin wax and dip the candle in it; before it dries, apply the glitter. This is the most time-consuming and dangerous method, as the melted wax is extremely hot.

Glitter selection

Several different types of glitter can be used to decorate candles. Use loose craft glitter if you are covering the entire candle in glitter. Glitter glue is an appropriate type of glitter for children to use, as it comes in a pen form with the glue inside; no other adhesive is necessary. Use glitter glue pens for detail work, as well. Create stars, swags, swirls or glittery dots across the candle.

How to decorate

Coat your candle with the adhesive you have chosen. Place the candle on a tray or in a shallow box and spoon the glitter over the candle. Continue spooning the glitter over the candle, rotating it until the entire candle is covered in glitter. As an alternative to spooning the glitter, cover a sheet of baking paper with glitter and roll the sticky candle in the glitter. Lay the candle on a clean sheet of waxed paper and allow it to dry for at least 24 hours.

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