Introduction: DIY Christmas Candles

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Since starting work in retail, I've been more aware of how expensive the simplest things are. Candles for example, can run up to $25 for a jar of over scented wax. Although I am reluctant to spend that much on 1 candle, I still can't give up the warmth the look of a burning candle gives a room on a cold December day. Enter: my dollar store finds! For $1 for each unscented candle, $2 for a jar of glitter (6 colours), $1 for a spindle of twine, and $1-$1.25 for some glass cups, I was able to create unique looking candles for this holiday season.

To make yourself these festive candles you are going to be taping the area where you will be applying the glitter. Basically if you wanted to have a spiral pattern for the glitter on the candle you will tape it in a diagonal pattern but for the sake of simplicity we will be doing vertical stripes.

Step 1: Material

Dollar Store Items
Glass Cups
Plain Candles

Step 2: Tape Your Candle

Here I tape off most of the candle leaving about 25 percent that I won’t be applying glitter too.

Next tape vertically down to create segments on the candle. Make sure that the tape isn’t too far or too close to each other this will ensure that you will get nice even sections of glue and glitter.

Step 3: Glue & Glitter

Now that it is all taped you want to brush on a thin yet even layer of glue. Brush the glue on to the areas without tape.

Grab your first colour of glitter and apply a generous amount. Make sure you have a piece of paper under your candle when you are applying the glitter so you can catch the extra glitter that miss or come off the candle. Tap the candle as you go to get the glitter that isn't sticking off.

Step 4: Second Glue and Glitter

After the first application of glitter, start peeling off the tape you used as an outline but leave the top piece of tape that doesn't create the vertical pattern.

Once the tape is off, do the same thing and apply glue to the candle where there was once tape.

Take your second glitter colour and tap it on like before.

Step 5: Almost There!

Once you are done remove that top piece of tape and you have almost completed your candle.

Here I am adding aesthetics to the candle like this piece of twine. This makes a great transition from the glitter to the twine.

Step 6: Done

Grab your cup and place the candle inside the cup, you can add any embellishments you want. Then grab the cellophane and wrap your cup up and tie another piece of twine to finish it all up.