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Snowhite
« on: November 18, 2008 06:26:51 PM »

Can you think of ways to jazz up store bought candles?  I have 3 ideas already:

Cinnamon Sticks wrapped around a small pillar candle

Removing the wrapper from a jar candle and hand painting or etching the jar (not quite sure if the etching stuff is okay with heat??)  I think a snowman face will look so nice against a white candle.

Gluing votives or votive holders onto precut wooden snowflake ornaments.. decorate ornament with glitter or paint.

Any ideas to decorate candles... of any kind.. tapers, pillars, etc? 
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« Reply #1 on: November 18, 2008 10:44:47 PM »

If you take a large-ish candle and dip it in boiling water, the wax melts enough to attach stuff.  You could use delicate pressed flowers or leaves.  Tissue paper flitted into my mind but you'd have to be sure it wouldn't burn.
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« Reply #2 on: November 19, 2008 10:46:31 AM »

You can personalize them by printing pictures on tissue paper. I made one for my sister one year by putting a picture of her daughter on it. I attached it to the candle by using a heat gun, just place candle on heat proof area & have something under it for melted wax,  place the tissue paper where you want it to go. I had the candle on it's side. Be very careful and don't get too close. you heat it just enough to melt the wax into the tissue paper. It wasn't as smooth as it was originally, but she loved it. Smiley  It will probably work best with lighter colored or white candles. I did a black & white photo on white tissue paper and put it on a white candle 
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« Reply #3 on: November 21, 2008 06:09:53 PM »

Great ideas Smiley

Just a few questions about the tissue paper candles. May I ask how I would print on tissue paper?  Do I tape the tissue paper onto regular computer paper and print on that?  Also can you burn those candles?
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« Reply #4 on: November 22, 2008 12:35:07 AM »

Just a few questions about the tissue paper candles. May I ask how I would print on tissue paper?  Do I tape the tissue paper onto regular computer paper and print on that?  Also can you burn those candles?

That's how I printed it. I would think that simpler designs would work best. I picked out a photo where my niece was standing against a door. My sister never burned the candle. She still has it in her living room. As for burning it, I would assume that it would depend a lot on the size of the candle, how close the wick is to the paper. I would make sure they knew to keep an eye on it while it was burning. I never put the paper the whole way around the candle, just on the front.
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« Reply #5 on: November 22, 2008 08:49:19 AM »

Wrap ribbons around them, in a layerd effect. Or corrogated paper and then ribbons.  You could then get the small boxes of matches (usually like 12 boxes for $3 or something), wrap the logo side with pretty paper and tie that on the front of the candle.
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« Reply #6 on: November 22, 2008 09:34:58 AM »

For the tissue candles, just burn the candle down far enough to insert a tealight into the well. Pretty but not a fire hazard.
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« Reply #7 on: November 23, 2008 06:46:16 PM »

Wow, I am so glad I asked this question!  Great Ideas, TY!
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« Reply #8 on: November 23, 2008 09:34:12 PM »

you can print your own label of it, then wrap it around it.
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« Reply #9 on: November 23, 2008 10:00:21 PM »

You can use the chemical etchers like Armour etch - that removes a layer of the glass to permanently etch the glass, so it should not be a problem with candles.  I like to buy cheap glass containers and etch them.  Last year I did unicorn food canisters for a friend, and have done picture frames, and other things.  This year I bought squat square glass vases from Ikea and wanted to etch them to hold squat candles, or to hold some homemade loofah soaps.
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