Happy Holidays, everyone! Rebecca (ReboScraps) here with a quick gift-giving idea! I’ve made these before for just around the house at any time of year, but decided these would make a great project for gift-giving season. Dressing up jar candles with some hybrid cuteness makes them a fun gift! And… if the candle outlasts the season, it can be easily updated again!
Here’s what you’ll need for this project:
- Jar candles
- Photoshop Elements (or another digital design/scrapbooking program)
- Paper trimmer
- Double-sided tape or glue runner. You could use a more permanent glue if you prefer, but I’d recommend something more flexible if you think you might want to update your candle after the holiday.
- Font: Angelic War
- The digital scrapbooking kit of your choice. I used two coordinating kits with the same color palette, mixing and matching the elements and papers to create my candle designs:
Creating the candle wraps couldn’t be more easy. Open a document the size of your paper. I use standard Letter size paper, 8.5″ x 11″, and set up my document in the landscape orientation. Measure the height of the jar candle. For this to work, you need a jar candle that is a cylindrical shape (the sides are straight up and down) as the print out won’t wrap neatly on a candle with a rounded shape.
The flat side of my candles measured about 3-3/4″, so I drew a shape in Photoshop that was about 3-1/2″ x 11″. Then, I used that shape and designed my candle wrappers. After printing (I use a color laser printer), I simply cut out the rectangle and adhere it to the candle:
The 11″ length of my print out didn’t wrap fully around the candle, so I used elements in the kits to design the front panels. By making them slightly larger than 3-1/2″, they cover the gap where the wrapper doesn’t quite meet.
In this third and fourth design, however, I decided not to use an extra panel, but just left the gap. Because the design filled the wrapper from nearly edge to edge, adding the front panel on these just didn’t look right and I decided leaving it open was OK. Here you can see the front of these designs, and the front and back of one of the candles, showing the gap. (This is also what the gap was like on the first two candles before they were covered.)
As always, happy crafting, and enjoy the holidays!
Other Articles by ReboScraps:
- 40 Rocks! Birthday Gift - with Free Printable! - June 20th, 2013
- One Little Word Banner - May 22nd, 2013
- Travel Journal - February 19th, 2013
- Paper Roses Ornament - January 23rd, 2013
- Holiday Place Cards and Napkin Rings - November 16th, 2012