Fourth of July Candles

In keeping with our patriotic theme, these embellished candles could serve as a great 4th of July centerpiece. They would look nice with Jaime's pinwheel garland. You could even print out Jordan's graphic and apply it around a  blue candle using the same method as used to apply the stars.

To complete the candles, you will need:

1 tall white candle
1 medium red candle
18" of a blue plaid (or other blue and white design) ribbon, and 18" of 1/8" blue satin ribbon
2 star charms
blue tissue paper
hair dryer or heat gun (follow the directions for your gun and don't get burned!)

For the red candle:
It's pretty obvious-- just tie the ribbons around the middle of the candle. Tie the charms on the thin ribbon. Done!

For the white candle:
Cut  stars of various sizes out of tissue paper (I printed some stars from my computer for a pattern.)
If you have a star punch, use it!

To apply the stars, you can either lay the candle on its side and rotate it or stand it upright. Either way, be sure to put something under it to collect any drips. Start heating up one small area with either the blow dryer or the heat gun. The blow dryer could take a couple minutes for the wax to start melting.
Once the wax begins to melt a little, the surface of the candle should get  shiny. While it is shiny, apply a star and gently smooth it onto the surface. Continue heating the star until it adheres. A layer of wax will form over the stars. Continue applying stars on the rest of the candle. Sometimes the heat will blow off a star that you have applied. No worries, just stick it back on!
It's that easy!

Happy 4th of July!

PS-When burning the candles, make sure the tissue paper doesn't get near the flame.


Kylie said...

that is such a cool idea, and it is easy... love it!

Fonda @Southern Scraps said...

Love the star candle! I used to decorate candles with printed graphics with this same method.

Becky said...

These turned out so cute!

Jasmine said...

you and you're cute pink blow dryer... :)

Unknown said...

I love how the blue stars look on the candle!!

Screaming Sardine said...

These are so cute. I'm definitely going to be trying this. So much easier than painting on candles. Plus, the paint gets all crackly after awhile.

Tracy Screaming Sardine

Love Sweet Love said...

SO cute! I love using candles to dress up for holiday decorating, but I've never thought to do it this way, thanks!

Kaitlin Saenz said...

I love this idea too! I'd love it if you'd link it up with my party:

Hope to see you over at my place soon!

Ashley said...

:) looks great!!!!

Lindy@Itsy Bitsy Paper said...

Oh my goodness these look so festive!

I am having a Red, White and Blue Linky Party and would love for you to stop by and join in!

Susan in SC said...

Very cute candles!

Valerie Earnest said...

Cute idea! Bookmarking this for next year!

Drop on by!

Jill said...

Simple but so effective! I love these candles!

Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
Hope you have a great weekend!
Jill @ Creating my way to Success

btanders said...

HMM, never would have thought of the hairdryer. Thought you maybe modge podged them on. Cool!

Esther Asbury said...

Super cute candles!

Brit said...

I love all of your guys ideas!! Perfect for the 4th! You girls rock! Thanks for linking up with us!

Lisa Weidknecht said...

I'm a new follower, here from the Thursday hop. I hope you'll follow me back at!

Tracy said...

Great ideas - thanks for the tips and for sharing at Craft Junkie Too.

Unknown said...

I love these! What a great and simple way to decorate candles for any holiday! I may have to earmark this one for my Girl Scouts this year! Thanks for sharing with the Pink Hippo Party.. can't wait to see what you share next!

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