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Classic, Inspired Halloween Candles

Updated on August 19, 2013

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.

Spanish moss is the perfect compliment to these Raven inspired candles.
Spanish moss is the perfect compliment to these Raven inspired candles.

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.

A simple black bow add just the right detail to a votive.
A simple black bow add just the right detail to a votive.

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