A few weeks ago I came across some candlesticks selling on One King's Lane. To be honest, I've never purchased anything from the site because I'm Cheapo McCheaperson (though they do have some fabulous things!) but I do like to get on and browse from time to time. Well anyway, I came across these candlesticks and immediately knew I wanted to make my own.
Yes! You can paint candles. Some say you need to mix regular acrylic (craft) paint with candle painting medium in order for it to adhere to the candles. Others said this wasn't necessary. All you need to do is clean the candle with rubbing alcohol before painting. I couldn't find any of the medium in stores nearby and shipping was going to take a few weeks (no patience for that!) so I went with the rubbing alcohol. I haven't had any problems.
From what I read it is safe to light the candles if you use water-based paint. I'm definitely no expert so use caution please if you do decide to light 'er up!
Enough of that. Here's how I did it.
1. Gather supplies: candles, rubbing alcohol (whatever percentage you have), acrylic paint, and painters tape- I like Frog Tape.
2. Clean the candles well with the rubbing alcohol
3. Measure and tape off your stripes. My candles were ten inches tall and I spaced each of my stripes by two inches.
4. Paint your stripes with the tape. Start your stroke on the tape and paint down, away from the seal. This will keep your lines crisp.
5. Remove your tape while it's wet, let dry completely. Do a happy dance.
SO EASY, RIGHT?
Chances are most of you have all the supplies at home, and if not, this is a cheap little DIY regardless (see above: Cheapo McCheaperson).
It was so fun, my son even painted one along with me. Here's a shot of the candles on our mantel this year. See more pictures here, if you're interested. And if you're interested in making the little ghosts, check out this post.
Have a great weekend! xo.
PS. If you think your latest DIY project would be a good candidate for the Homeslice DIY Friday Series, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with a link to your post. I'll be happy to look it over (and give you mad props and lots of compliments. Total ego booster.)