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How to Decoupage Flameless Candles

Updated on September 4, 2014

Dress Up Flameless Candles with Decoupage

Instead of using flameless candles plain as they come when you buy them, learn how to decoupage flameless candles to dress them up. These candles make great hostess or teacher gifts or use them in your home to decorate your space.

Flameless candles are a great invention. They allow you to use candles safely anywhere. Even kids can turn them on and off, and pets can knock them over and your house won't burn down!

Decoupage is a craft using a glue-like medium called Mod Podge that is used to cover objects with thin paper like napkins or doilies or whatever you want basically. Decoupage flameless candles can add a decorator touch to your home.

Photo Credit: Peggy Hazelwood

Flameless Candles - Decorated with Decoupage

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Decoupage flameless candles using vintage book pages. All photos by Peggy Hazelwood.Use paper doilies to decorate flameless candles.Decoupage with paper napkins.Vintage children's book page decoupaged on flameless candle.Vintage book page with a clip art cat image decoupaged on top. I gave this to a friend who is a cat lover.
Decoupage flameless candles using vintage book pages. All photos by Peggy Hazelwood.
Decoupage flameless candles using vintage book pages. All photos by Peggy Hazelwood.
Use paper doilies to decorate flameless candles.
Use paper doilies to decorate flameless candles.
Decoupage with paper napkins.
Decoupage with paper napkins.
Vintage children's book page decoupaged on flameless candle.
Vintage children's book page decoupaged on flameless candle.
Vintage book page with a clip art cat image decoupaged on top. I gave this to a friend who is a cat lover.
Vintage book page with a clip art cat image decoupaged on top. I gave this to a friend who is a cat lover.

Get Creative with What You'll Decoupage onto Flameless Candles

It's easy to decoupage flameless candles. The hardest part might be deciding what paper to use. The following options will work:

- paper napkins

- vintage book pages

- paper doilies

These are just some of the options to use. Any paper or fabric or other materials will work as long as it's thin enough for the light from the flameless candle to show through.

This list explains how to decoupage flameless candles. Photos of these steps follow.

Flameless Candles to Decoupage

  1. Pick your flameless candles. There are lots of choices in color and size. Some flameless candles have a nasty label stuck to them that has to be picked off. Settle in and start picking. It's worth it to get the label off before you decorate the flameless candle.
  2. Choose the paper or other materials to use. Be sure to make the layer as thin as possible. For instance, paper napkins often have two or three layers. Remove all but the one decorative layer that you want to use to apply to the candle.
  3. Get the supplies ready: ModPodge decoupage medium, paintbrush to apply the ModPodge, scissors
  4. Cut the paper to the desired size. You can cover the entire flameless candle as I did in the first and third photos above (with the book pages and the napkins). For the second photo, I used part of a doily. I cut away the inside solid portion and just used the cut-out edge part. There is no right or wrong way. Do what looks good to you!
  5. Apply ModPodge to the flameless candle as shown in the photo below, from top to bottom on about an inch or two portion of the candle. To cover the entire candle, align the paper carefully rubbing out any air bubbles as you go. Keep adding ModPodge to the candle and carefully place the napkin or other paper until you have covered the entire surface.
  6. If you are only covering part of the candle with paper, like I did using the paper doilies, turn the doily or other paper upside down and apply ModPodge to the reverse side. Work quickly and pick up the paper then apply it to the candle. Then apply a coat of ModPodge to the paper. Wipe away any excess off the candle.

    Note: If you want to tint the doilies, do that first using paint, ink (stamps work well), colored pencils, crayons, whatever!

ModPodge for Decoupage Crafts - Choose glossy or matte ModPodge for either a shiny or flat finish.

How to Decoupage Flameless Candles

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Supplies needed to decoupage flameless candles.Apply ModPodge to the side of the candle.Carefully press the paper onto the ModPodge.Paper doilies to use to decorate flameless candles.Use inks, paint, or colored pencils to lightly tint the doilies if desired.Apply ModPodge to the reverse side of the doily then quickly place it on the flameless candle.
Supplies needed to decoupage flameless candles.
Supplies needed to decoupage flameless candles.
Apply ModPodge to the side of the candle.
Apply ModPodge to the side of the candle.
Carefully press the paper onto the ModPodge.
Carefully press the paper onto the ModPodge.
Paper doilies to use to decorate flameless candles.
Paper doilies to use to decorate flameless candles.
Use inks, paint, or colored pencils to lightly tint the doilies if desired.
Use inks, paint, or colored pencils to lightly tint the doilies if desired.
Apply ModPodge to the reverse side of the doily then quickly place it on the flameless candle.
Apply ModPodge to the reverse side of the doily then quickly place it on the flameless candle.

Decorative Paper Napkins for Decoupage - Separate napkins and use just the outer decorative layer

Lenox Chirp 3-Ply Paper Cocktail Napkins, Pack of 20
Lenox Chirp 3-Ply Paper Cocktail Napkins, Pack of 20

Add just the right touch to a flameless candle and you can match your home's decor. These flameless candles also make great hostess gifts that can be personalized.

 

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Paper Doilies for Decoupage

I used paper doilies on some of my flameless candles. I like the "see-throughness" they provide! They'd be great layered over a pretty napkin for a more three-dimensional effect.

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      Angela F 3 years ago from Seattle, WA

      I love decoupage. Good craft project!

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      Sandy Mertens 3 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      This looks like a fun idea for decorating.

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      fathomblueEG 3 years ago

      I really enjoyed reading your lens. Nice job!

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      Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

      Fabulous idea. I like flameless candles, but some of them look so cheap. This is the perfect way to dress them up. I will definitely use your idea. My mind is already churning with the possibilities. I love when that happens. Thank you for that!

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      kathryn-gillespie 5 years ago

      Fun craft for kids and adults alike!

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      Camden1 5 years ago

      What a great idea - I love flameless candles, but they usually look so boring.

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      PaulWinter 5 years ago

      A great way to personalise flameless candles.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      nice one

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      Winter52 LM 5 years ago

      What a difference it would make to those flameless candles! I never thought of it!

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      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      I'm a believer in flameless candles. My great-aunts house burned down from a candle that she forgot when she went to church.

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      Joan Haines 5 years ago

      This is a great idea, because they do look really plain, usually. (Glad they don't light any cigarettes.)

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      Brandi 5 years ago from Maryland

      A very fun and easy craft project! :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      What a fun craft project for me to introduce the grand kids to when they visit. Thanks for sharing! :)

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      klaird 6 years ago

      Thanks for sharing your instructions on how to decoupage flameless candles! I've featured your lenses (and another one) on my "50 Craft Ideas for Adults" page. Great job!

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      Peggy Hazelwood 6 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      @lbrummer: That was very nice of you. Thanks! And making these for Mother's Day is a great idea!

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      mockingbird999 6 years ago

      These look really nice.

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      Loraine Brummer 6 years ago from Hartington, Nebraska

      I love the flameless candle and now they can be made beautiful. I added this lens to my Elementary Art Projects lens. I think it would make a great gift for kids to make for Mother's day.

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      gottaloveit2 6 years ago

      What a great idea. With mom on O2 now, I use only flameless candles. What a nice gift idea for a hostess.

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      Virginia Allain 6 years ago from Central Florida

      I do like the flameless candles. My great-aunt did have her house burn down from a candle left on the coffee table while she went to church. Nifty idea to decoupage them.

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