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Classic, Inspired Halloween Candles
As with many of my craft projects, I am inspired by looks I see in magazines or my favorite home stores. At one store, I spied some vintage newsprint candles. I liked a lot about them, except the price: $29.50 each! I knew I could do better. While searching for vintage news clipart online, I was inspired by Edgar Allen Poe, and quickly found a complete verse of his classic poem, “The Raven.” In a few minutes, I had created the perfect candle wrap.
Raven Candle Wrap Template
Get the Look
Download the Raven candle wrap and print it on vellum or parchment paper (as I have here) and then get creative!
As shown to the right, I wrapped a flameless 4-inch diameter candle and trimmed the top edge with a thin black grosgrain ribbon. The paper edge extends a few inches above the candle, but it’s flameless. (Candle safety is important!) Display the candle on top of a tuft of Spanish moss which resembles a bird's nest.
Alternatively, wrap pillar candles with a two-inch band of black cardstock. Then cut 1 ½ inch wide strips of the Raven print, and trim the long edges with deckle-edged shears. Layer the print on top of the plain cardstock and secure everything with double-stick tape.
Putting It All Together
The possibilities are limitless. Once printed, you could frame the image for a quick piece of art or laminate the sheets as placemats. For votives, cut the graphic into bands and wrap straight-sided clear glass votive holders.
All of your accessories will have a coordinated look! Style them in a grouping with black crows (available at most retailers with Halloween merchandise) and sleek mercury glass pumpkins.