Making & Decorating Holiday Candles
MAKING & DECORATING HOLIDAY CANDLES
It's that time of year again when everyone is filled with joy and excitement about the Holiday season! This year, we wanted to make some cute Holiday candles that you could either use to decorate your home or give away as the perfect little gifts. This project was fairly simple and something even your kids could help you with. We had so much fun decorating the jars and choosing our favorite Holiday scents for the candles!
STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO MAKE & DECORATE HOLIDAY CANDLES
This project is easy, fun, and can be adapted easily to different holidays by simply using different flowers.
Cover your work area with butcher paper or newspaper. Spills or drips are most times unavoidable, and clean-up is much easier if you don’t have to clean wax off of your work surface.
Step 1 - Make the candles.
First, to make the candles, follow the steps in the How To Make Container Candles tutorial found in the Candle Making University. We find it fairly easy to make candles in the kitchen! Try to stay organized and make sure you lay out plenty of parchment paper or wax paper to make cleanup easy.
Now that you have made your candles, you'll need to let them cool overnight. The IGI 4630 wax is meant to be a single-pour paraffin but, this time of year especially, you can get a little bit of sinking around the wick. Make sure you save yourself a little bit of wax to do a second pour if needed.
- Gold Glitter Felt Sheet
- Black Felt Sheet
- Brown Pipe cleaners
- Red Pom Poms
- Black Pom Poms
- 1.5" Grosgrain Ribbon
- 0.5" Googly Eyes
- Hot Glue Gun
- Scissors and/or Exact-o Knife
- Pen or Pencil
- Small Sheet of Cardboard
Decorate the Santa Candle
First, take the piece of gold felt, turn it over the shiny side down, and put a piece of scrap cardboard behind it. Then, draw out the belt buckle for the Santa candle. We drew ours about 2.5" wide and 2" tall then cut out the centerpiece using an Exact-O knife. Once we had the center cut out, we used the scissors to cut out the rest of the buckle.
Next, take the black piece of felt and a ruler and measure out a strip about 1.5" wide. This will be for the belt that goes underneath the gold belt buckle. We used a sticky-sided felt here but regular black felt will work just fine, you will just need to adhere it to the jar using hot glue.
Then, take the strip of black felt, and wrap it around the candle. We had to have one smaller piece of felt in the back to make it fit all the way around but it looks seamless! Once the black felt has been adhered to the jar, take your gold belt buckle and use the hot glue to adhere it to the belt and, voila! You have a cute little Santa candle!
Decorate the Rudolph Candle
First, take one of the red pom poms and carefully glue it to the jar using the hot glue. Next, take two of the googly eyes and adhere them to the jar as well.
For the antlers, take a couple of the brown pipe cleaners and twist them together to get as many antlers as you'd like. Bend and flex the antlers a few times until they start to look like real antlers then, take the hot glue and adhere them to the lid of jar.
Decorate the Snowman Candle
First, take the black pom poms and use hot glue to adhere them to the jar where his buttons should be.
Next, take the ribbon and cut off about 18" of length to give yourself plenty of room to wrap it around the neck of the jar. Then, fold the center of the ribbon in half long ways and use the hot glue to glue it together. Now, add a line of hot glue along the folded portion of the ribbon and wrap it around the neck of the jar. Finally, take a pair of scissors and trim off the excess ribbon and you should have a perfect little "scarf!"
And that's it! Now you have three little Holiday candles that you can either use as decorations in your home or the perfect little gifts for teachers, family, friends, or whoever! Add your own little twist to these candles by using different color materials and choose your favorite fragrances! Browse our selection of candle making supplies to get started now!
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