Today I have a super-easy tutorial on altering pillar candles. These candles are perfect for little gifts. They are easy to personalize – not only can you match the recipient’s home decor, you can also add their initial to the candle, or tie a meaningful charm around the band using a pretty ribbon. They’re also very inexpensive, which is always a bonus!
- Retro Echo digital kit by Sherwood Studio
- Epson Premium Matte Photo Paper
- Fiskars Paper Trimmer
- scoring board & stylus or bone folder
- decorative border punch
- 3-D glue dots
- double-sided tape or red line tape
- pillar candle
- items to decorate the pillar candle (I used a metal rose button and a crocheted flower I made from the 5-petal flower tutorial by Little Birdie Secrects)
I started by opening up an 8.5″ x 11″ canvas in Photoshop. I created the paper strip for the pillar candle to be 9.5″ long and 2.5″ wide. The circumference of the candle was 9″, so I added a half-inch so I could overlap the paper at the back. Instead of creating a separate strip to cut out and adhere to the punched strip, I just added it digitally and used a drop shadow setting of 0 distance px, 8% spread, and 8 px in size. The blend mode was linear burn and the opacity was 39%. I played with the opacity setting to obtain the shadow look I wanted.
I also created a strip that was 11″ x 1″ and this strip is what became the accordion flower on the center of the pillar candle.
I printed the document and then used my paper trimmer to cut apart the individual strips of paper.
I created the decorative scalloped border by using a border punch. I centered the strip in the punch and pressed down on the lever.
Then I used the guides that are printed on the side of the punch to line up my paper and continue punching the edge along the whole strip.
I repeated the process on the other side. If you don’t have a border punch, you can leave the edge straight or even tear the edges for a more shabby chic look.
Next, I used my scoring board to create fold lines for the strip that became the accordion flower. I scored every 1/4″.
Then folded the strip like a fan.
I added double-sided tape to one end.
Then I attached the ends together to form a circle.
After that, I pushed the upper edge toward each other, pushing down and spreading out the folds evenly. I placed a small circle on the back using a 3-D glue dot.
I placed another glue dot on the front, and added my crocheted flower and metal rose button.
I added double-sided tape to one short end of the strip I punched earlier.
I wrapped the strip around the candle, being careful to line up all of the edges. I didn’t want to adhere the paper to the candle so if the recipient decided to burn the candle, she could remove the paper strip before lighting the candle.
With the decorative strip in place, I added the embellished accordion fold flower using another 3-D glue dot.
Isn’t it lovely? I just love the romantic feel and soft colors in this kit!
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