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How to Decoupage a Container

Decoupage candle containers to give them an interesting and fun appearance.  As the candle melts down, the flame will glow through the paper or fabric adding even more character. Completely cover the container or add a small or decorative picture.  

DecoupageMaterials Needed:

  • Mod Podge or similar product 
  • Candle Container (filled or empty)
  • Pre-cut pieces of tissue paper or fabric
  • Paint brush or sponge applicator
  • Wax paper to protect your work surface

Cover your work area with wax paper. Spills or drips are most times unavoidable, and this makes clean up much easier.

Decoupage Step 1

Step 1 – Prepare Your Area

Gather all of your supplies so everything is easily accessible. 

Decoupage Step 2

Step 2 – Apply sealer

Start by applying the glue/sealer product to a small area of the glass.

Decoupage Step 3

Step 3 – Apply tissue

Carefully lay the tissue paper piece in the glue.   

Decoupage Step 4  Step 4 – Smooth

Gently smooth the tissue paper with your finger.  You can lightly tap the paper into place to make sure it does not tear.  Use your finger or the sponge applicator to help gently smooth away any wrinkles that may form.   

 Decoupage Step 5

Step 5 – Finish adding tissue

Add more glue and tissue in small sections until the container is covered to your satisfaction.   


Step 6 – Seal the container

Follow the directions on the glue product you are using to apply a protective coating.  You may need to allow the container to dry for 15 - 20 minutes before adding this final coat.  Make sure to cover the entire container, and be careful not to wrinkle or bend any of the tissue you have already added.  

Be sure to allow it to dry completely before handling or packaging.   

Decoupage Step 7

That's it!

You're finished!  Enjoy your festive creation.

NOTE:  Make sure to keep any flammable materials, like tissue paper or fabric, on the outside of the container.  Having these items too close to the wick can be a fire hazard.


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