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How to Decoupage Flameless Candles
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 DecoupageClick thumbnail to view full-size
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
- 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.
- 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.
- Get the supplies ready: ModPodge decoupage medium, paintbrush to apply the ModPodge, scissors
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
This general use Mod Podge is what I generally use.
How to Decoupage Flameless CandlesClick thumbnail to view full-size
Decorative Paper Napkins for Decoupage - Separate napkins and use just the outer decorative layer
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.
Crafting is Fun
Have you ever tried decoupage?
More Decoupage Projects - to inspire your creativitiy
- How to Use Paper and Decoupage to Decorate a Clipboard
Use decorative paper and Mod Podge decoupage to decorate a boring brown clipboard. Use the clipboard as a picture frame or to hold your papers.
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- Book Crafts
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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.