October 3, 2011

Week 1: Making Your Home a Haven

Please go visit Courtney at Women Living Well to learn more about this wonderful challenge.
I went to the store and purchased a candle. Apparently candles are not that popular in Mexico City, unless you want a picture of a saint on it. But I finally found one in the Christmas items!
Here it is... Boring.
You know I couldn't just leave it that way! Here is the final product (super duper easy tutorial below)!
Now that is more like it! Go down and see how easy it is to make your own family candle!

“The wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down.”
Use tissue paper! Yep, tissue paper. Trim it to the height and circumference of your candle. I try not to overlap it at the seam, if anything I'd rather have an opening. You won't really see it. You can try using other colors of tissue paper, as well. 

These are my favorite colors, Chocolate Chip, Not Quite navy and silver.
This is one of my favorite stamp sets! Refuge and Strength from Stampin' Up!

You can stamp as little or as much as you like. A big background stamp would also be great for this. 

Lay your candle down lay the tissue paper on the candle.

With a heat gun or hot blow dryer, start in the middle of your tissue paper and heat it. You will be able to see the wax liquefy  Don't leave it too long or your paper can burn and the wax can make a mess. Just long enough for the wax to get soft and adhere to the paper. Continue from the center and go back to the seam. I go around the top of the paper and bottom to make sure they are smooth against the wax, use the heat gun.

Some great quotes. 

And some ribbon to finish it.
Let me know if you have any questions! 
This morning I went to light my candle and cannot believe it, but I do not have anything to light it with! Gonna try the gas stove. WOW! It is Monday!


L&M Creations said...

Tissue paper, or wax paper? The picture makes it look like wax paper. Very cute idea!

The Southern Housewife said...

Oh wow! That is such a wonderful way to spice up those boring candles! And with things I already have in my house. ;) Thanks for the inspiration!! Come visit me to see my candle. Wish it was as creative as yours!


Emily @CreativeDisaster said...

It is some waxy tissue paper that I had. It is thicker than regular tissue paper. It made it look a little textured after I used the heat gun. Regular tissue paper will melt right into the wax. I would prefer to use regular thin tissue paper. If you do that, put a piece of scrap paper under your tissue paper to avoid a big mess.


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