Wednesday, November 17, 2010

WMS November Customer Waltz - Candle Tutorial

ETA: I have never had issues with burning the tissue paper -- if you are worried, I'd suggest punching a slightly larger hole where you thread the wick

Welcome to the WMS Customer Waltz! You should be sure to check out all the fabulous projects at the WMS forum! :) And as usual, there's a fun game as well. Spot all the watermarks in the WMS DT member's photos and you could win a fun prize. We might have 0 watermarks, 1,2, 3 or more!

This month's theme is Christmas so I figured I'd share a Christmas gift idea. I made a set of candles the other weekend and I thought I'd share the process. I'm one of those people that needs to hand out "perfect" candles... so I had my husband dig through our mini tea light candles to find perfect ones for this gift set.

That said, I don't have enough to create one for each family member as I originally intended. Perhaps... I'll get my bum out to pick up more or one lucky person will just get this "Belinda" original. It's really starting to look like the later as the Xmas season stresses me out. My perfectionist tendencies are not optimal for the gift frenzy season.




So let's get started shall we? These are actually really quick to make and they look fabulous. It always amazes me how much you can do with a little tissue paper and some wax.

 1. Gather your supplies - I used a 1 3/8 inch circle punch, snowflake from Seasons of Love - Tags, ink, tissue paper, and candles


2. Stamp the snowflake onto the tissue paper. I usually test an image by placing it onto my candle to see what works best.


 3. Punch out your snowflakes. To give my tissue paper more umph, I slip a post-it note behind so that I get a clean punch.


 4. Punch a hole in the middle of your snowflake


 5. Thread the tissue paper snowflakes onto your candle.


 6. Using your trusty heat gun, apply heat until the wax starts to melt. It'll pull the tissue paper in (and I keep a paper piercer nearby that I use to help it along). Be careful not to hold the heat too long or it'll burn the tissue paper.


 6. Ta da! You have pretty candles. Now wrap them up all nice and tight. Add some pretty decorations and you have a great Xmas gift.

 7. I'm going to admit, I usually eye the boxes. I place three candles on the paper, mark the edges and score them. Then I measure the height of the candle. I determined it was 6/8 inches so I scored two lines in each direction 6/8 inches apart.

 8. Using some oragami skills, I cut some corners, folded and created a box.  (Ok, I apologize for this part of the tutorial. If there is interest, I can do a better box tutorial. Unfortunately, I tend to just use a little simple math usually to get my box and never write down measurements).


9. Decorate the box as you see fit.


Stamps: (Seasons of Love - Tags) Waltzingmouse Stamps
Cardstock: Bazzill, (acrylic) Office Max
Patterned Paper: (Colorful Christmas) My Mind's Eye
Fibers: (ribbon) American Crafts, (silver twine)
Accents: (button) Making Memories, (gems) Hero Arts
Tools: (circle punches) EK Success

45 comments :

Mona L. Pendleton said...

What a sweet little gift box full of candles Belinda! Love how you transferred the stamped image! Thanks for sharing the process!

Lindsay said...

Wow Belinda! This is fantastic! I love the idea and your tutorial was super easy to follow. Thanks for sharing!

Joan B said...

what an awesome idea to stamp the top of these tea candles. this is beautiful! and the directions are clear! thanks for doing this.

Kelly S. said...

So adorable...what an awesome tutorial! This will make such a great little treat to give to someone special, Belinda...love the colors and images you chose!

Antje said...

Wow, this is amazing! It looks fast and wonderful! Thanks for the tut. Thanks for sharing!

Carol's Ink Spot said...

Lovely gift idea! Those little votive candles really take on a whole new look with this little addition to the the top of them. Thank you for showing how to do this.

Lee said...

Such a lovely gift idea. Thanks for the great tutorial.

Joanne Gilch said...

I just made these last night at my SU demonstrator's home for our hostess club. they were so easy and your tutorial is perfect! I do like the way you stamp first then punch out! She had us punch and then stamp! It's so cool to watch the wax just pull in the tissue paper!

Cassie_lu said...

what a sweet gift idea

Monique said...

Oh this is fabulous...Great idea !!Thanks for the step by step!! This would make a great gift idea for so many!!

Ines said...

Just a wonderful and great idea. Thanks for sharing. I'm in a rush. Sorry. Have a fab day, evening, morning. Greetings from over the ocean, ines

Ann said...

What a cute idea and it sounds easy enough...just might try it! Love the way yours turned out!

Sandie said...

gorgeous!! What a clever idea :)

{Lynn - that's me!} said...

What a sweet little gift! Brilliant, Belinda!

Pauline said...

Great candles and holder, and a fab tutorial, makes a lovely gift.

Wendy ten Hove said...

Hi Belinda, This is really, really pretty!!! I love how you made that, it's such a wonderful gift to give and love how you showed us how to make it. But please, don't feel obliged to make everyone something! I bet they don't want you to feel stressed! It's just something special for the people who get something! I love what you made!

Hugs, Wendy

Jen Cuthbertson said...

Such a clever way to dress up thos little tea lights!! Love it!!

Jen said...

What a great idea Belinda! I have a handful of these little tea lights in my cupboard. I think i need to give this a go.
Thank you for sharing

Joyce across the Pond said...

Great transformation of simple basic tea-lights (as we call them over here)....I can see them all decorated sitting on a glass or mirrored surface just as a centrepiece and then being lit to create even more wow. They are great, thanks for the idea.

Nerina said...

Totally cute and gorgeous idea!! Thank you so much for sharing! This is actually something I can imagine trying to do (so many projects are fascinating ... but REALLY :0)!! Hope that you get a chance to make more ... or that the recipient enjoys your original!! LOL

Kate W. said...

This is an awesome tutorial! Thank you for the fabulous idea of dressing up the very unactractive tea light candles. A true cindarella story with paper, stamps and ink!

Lorraine said...

this is such a cool idea tfs xx

Diane Jaquay said...

How fun are these little candles!! And they're packaged up so beautifully! Awesome project :)

BabyBokChoy said...

great idea!!!! love your tutorial, it's very good!!

Alice Wertz said...

this is so fun. thanks for the tutorial! love that you even made the box!

carole said...

Great project ! Thanks for sharing!

Dee in N.H. said...

Love'em!! Thanks so much for the tutorial and especially for your hint with the post it note!

Francie said...

Thanks for sharing. I'm definitely going to try this one.

cardcrazy said...

This is a perfect little gift, and I love your directions! I have done large candles before, but not tealights. I am going to have to do this!

Lavender Rose said...

You took simple tealight and turned them into a masterpiece, what a brilliant gift idea!

Paula said...

Love the perfect tealights - now as to the box - Perfectionist - NO! You made me laugh so much as I'm a fellow suffererer, just goes to show it is a SELECTIVE tendency. Super idea with the tissue & I love that snowflake.
Paula (PEP)
http://pepcraftchallexp.blogspot.com/

Ren-Yi said...

these candles make such a great gift. absolutely love the unique / customized candles.

Denise said...

Great project! And great job on the tutorial!
DeniseB

alexandra s.m. said...

What a wonderful project Belinda! Love it!!
TFS ~

Cheryl said...

Very cool!

Julia Aston said...

What a great gift for the holidays Bonnie! Love the snowflakes on the candles!

Kathi said...

Fantastic tutorial that yields a super-cute gift.

Just so that you know, math skills are NEVER elementary, since I so lack them.

Some of us need actual measurements. *blush*

Lyn S said...

Fabulous project and great tutorial Belinda!

IamDerby said...

Lovely!

Courtney K said...

so clever - i def need to try this out!

Anonymous said...

I am going to make a bunch of these for gifts...but wonder how they burn---does the tissue cause any fire hazard? I have done the pilar candles before & had no problem but the tissue wasn't directly exposed to the flame.
I don't want to give my friends a fire hazard!!

Anonymous said...

I am a candle maker, too, and tried this technique on pillar candles in the past. It comes out really nice but I worry that the tissue paper will catch fire so I stopped doing it. Do the tealights burn OK?

Crafty Eileen said...

These are beautiful....I too have done the pillar candles but I am unsure of doing these due to the flame being so near the tissue.
Could someone please tell us if they burn safely? Thanks.

Belinda said...

Eileen and the commenter above, I haven't had any issues but I tend to poke a larger hole than necessary so that the tissue paper isn't too close to the wick. With any candle, you should always supervise. As always, if you leave your email in the comments, I can respond directly. Thanks.

Crafty Eileen said...

Belinda, thank you for answering and I will also put a bigger hole in the tissue as advised.
LOL Eileen