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How to Decoupage Candles

Updated on December 30, 2010

How to Decoupage Candles

Turn a plain looking candle into a beautiful piece of art with decoupage. Decoupaging is easy, and little supplies are needed. Decoupage candles make beautiful decorations and centerpieces that will enhance any table. Use your photographs, printed paper napkins or dried flowers to turn candles into elegant gifts for birthdays, holidays and weddings.

New Decoupage: Transforming Your Home with Paper, Glue, and Scissors
New Decoupage: Transforming Your Home with Paper, Glue, and Scissors

Get ready to take decoupage way beyond its Victorian image. Contemporary decoupage works are made with family photos, magazine clippings, handmade papers, or any other image that strikes the artist's fancy. Decoupage is a great way to get your cherished memories out of the scrapbook and on display, using them to make over flea-market finds and create one-of-a-kind furniture and accessories for your home.After a brief history of the art and a review of the fundamental techniques of modern decoupage, author Durwin Rice offers complete instructions for more than 18 unique projects, both simple and more ambitious, from a delicate vase to a dining room table. You can also transform entire rooms by decoupaging doorways, mantels, and even ceilings.New Decoupage offers a truly fresh take on this traditional craft, demonstrating how a few simple materials-paper, glue, and scissors-will enable you to create stylish home accents that transform your surroundings into works of art.


Decoupage Angel Candles

Decoupage Angel Candles
Decoupage Angel Candles
Mod Podge Waterbase Sealer, Glue and Finish (16-Ounce), CS11202 Gloss Finish
Mod Podge Waterbase Sealer, Glue and Finish (16-Ounce), CS11202 Gloss Finish

Mod Podge is 40 years old, but this classic decoupage glue still has its cool. Crafters of any skill level can create anything from paper keepsakes to jewelry to home decor items. The original formula, all-in-one glue sealer and finish, can be used to decoupage on nearly any surface. Projects dry to a gloss finish.


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How to Decoupage Candles

1. Clean and dry the candle surface.

2. Cut out motifs from paper napkins (or you can use dried flowers).

3. Separate and discard the inner layers of the napkin.

4. Apply a thin coat of decoupage finish to surface of candle.

5. Press napkin print over surface; smooth with your fingers.

6.Using a sponge brush, brush a coat of decoupage finish over entire candle to seal. Let dry.

7. After the decoupage finish has dried, apply one more coat of decoupage finish over entire candle.

Using Photographs to Decoupage Candles

You can cut your photos to form different shapes or you can tear them for a handcrafted look or burn them for a rustic look.

Cut into Different Shapes

Use small scissors to cut your photographs into different shapes.

Tear for a Handcrafted Look

You can give your photographs a handcrafted look by tearing them at the edges. Tear the photos in a downward direction to create a beveled edge for better adhesion. The tears should look uneven and irregular.

Burn for a Rustic Look

To give your photos a rustic look, use a match or the flame from a candle to burn the edges of the photos. Burn a one small area of the photo at a time. Just as the photo burns, blow it out. Repeat. Remove the excess charred paper but leave the uneven brown edge.

Cutting and Gluing the Paper Videos

1. Make sure the item you're decoupaging is free of dust and dirt.

2. Keep a damp cloth nearby to wipe up extra glue and keep fingers clean.

3. When using photographs, make photo copies of the photographs so you can save the original.

4. Watch for bubbles as your decoupage dries. If a bubble forms, use a pin to pop it and then smooth it down with your fingers.

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    • JoyfulReviewer profile image

      JoyfulReviewer 6 years ago

      Great tips and ideas for decoupaging candles.

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      vanidiana24 7 years ago

      Great tips! I always wonder how they can decorate candles!

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      Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

      What an unusual idea. They look lovely!

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 7 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      These are really nice! I didn't know about the art of decoupage before - looks like a fun project and you make it sound easy enough to tackle!

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      Gift-Guide 7 years ago

      Decoupage candles seems an interesting art. It is so simple to make. I am going to try it.