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Crafty, Scrappy, Happy: Playing dress-up with old candles

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Playing dress-up with old candles

Is it just me or is this week going fast?  Imagine that I think the week goes fast when I have a break from school!

I was once again inspired last night to do some up-cycling to a few of the many many candles that I have around my house (most of which are from my wedding 3 years ago----that have been sitting in a plastic bin ever since).   I must admit that I am now an obsessive compulsive up-cycler, I therefore thought I should drag a few more out of their temporary retirement and get busy decorating!  

So I know I know I have done two projects with candles not that long ago, click here or here to see them, but todays is tweaked a touch so I thought I would once again share a wayyyy to long tutorial so you can do-it-yourself!

***This brings up a good point that I would like to bring up----if you are inclined to do your own version of projects and want to show me how they turn out I would like love to feature you on my "your creations" tab (you may have noticed the super empty sad tab I added earlier this week) just because it would be fun to see YOUR version!!!   :o)

Back to the topic at hand
Candle Dress-Up 



For the doily candle:
 I used the same technique as I used here just a couple of modifications that I want to mention:

1.  I taped my doilies down with double sided tape to make sure they stayed in place prior to heating the wax
2.  I did my heating of the wax then went back with a plastic knife and smoothed out imperfections 



For the jewel and flower embellished candles:
I decided to essentially make my own pins---think of the cork board possibilities!!!! 

I used the backs of earrings that I bought in a pack of about 60 for $3 at Michael's---I have a bunch of ideas for them!

Initially I intended on using the jewelry glue I used to make my magnets because it is super super strong to make my jewel pins but lets face it, I couldn't wait so I ended up veto-ing that idea and using hot glue instead.

{this picture was taken before I realized hot glue was way cooler I mean hotter---you know what I mean}

I was then inspired by my good friend Tabitha's blog to make some cute fabric flowers like she shows how to do so very well in her tutorial.

{butttt me being me, I decided to take up-cycling to the next level and used some old shirt fabric (I just saved these from my goodwill pile---yikes my husband is going to kill me---but I don't think I can be considered a hoarder if I am using what I save right?!?!)}

{I attached my cute Tab's inspired flower to the a earring back so I could pin it right into my candle}
(on second thought maybe I will just wear them as earrings----hahahah)
(have I told you lately I am a big dork!?!?!?)



I am linking up here.

p.s. just in case you are worried I am crazy inspired by my latest kick----MEANINGFUL wall art, I will have at least two more projects finished today to share with you soon :o)

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8 Comments:

Blogger Tabitha said...

Beautiful candles with fabric flowers!! Brilliant idea!! Looks so pretty! Thanks for the mention....I'm so blessed to have a friend like you....teardrop....teardrop.....are you at all considering staying in MI???

April 28, 2011 at 7:36 AM  
Blogger Rachel said...

Okay, you are too cool. Seriously. How do you think of these things?!

Rachel @ Maybe Matilda

April 28, 2011 at 7:43 AM  
Blogger Screaming Sardine said...

Those really dress a candle up! I especially like the fabric flowers added. So simple and elegant. :)

Cheers,
Tracy

April 28, 2011 at 9:17 AM  
Blogger Lauren said...

These look beautiful! I love what you did with them!

April 28, 2011 at 7:39 PM  
Blogger Tonya said...

Love these!! They look very pretty!!

April 29, 2011 at 6:36 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

I love this!! I am visiting from TT&J and new follower!!!
Michelle
www.delicateconstruction.blogspot.com
p.s. I am having a giveaway this weekend, you should come check it out!

April 29, 2011 at 10:40 PM  
Blogger Naturally Me Creations said...

It's always fun to decorate candles! Ok, so i haven't really tried it yet, but i want to!
Yours look great. :)
I'd love it if you're able to link this up at my weekend linky parties, if you want! (Fri-Sun)

May 1, 2011 at 1:48 AM  
Blogger freckled laundry said...

These are SO pretty. Thanks for sharing with air your laundry Friday.

xoxo,
Jami

May 5, 2011 at 7:18 PM  

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