My day nine project was Personalized Candles. The idea was fostered when I saw this pin a few months ago and thought that it might be nice to put a more personalized touch on them for a gift.
The first challenge was finding some candles to use! After unearthing several that were enclosed in glass containers, I finally recalled seeing some votives when we had changed out our office desks last year.
I didn’t have any fancy stick-on letters or numbers like what was used in the pin, so I grabbed a piece of cardstock and cut out a design on that. I also used some acrylic paint, just a small bit from $1 Craft Smart bottles.
I discovered that scotch tape doesn’t hold onto candles very well, so I had to make sure the paper wrapped far enough to be taped onto itself.
I painted the side areas not covered by paper, and then let it dry.
I had to do some minor touch-ups on the wavy line candle after the paper was removed, but that was fairly easy. I also tried free-handing letters onto another candle, which turned out functional, though not attractive (added a bit of glitter paint over it as well). I may apply a thin coat of matte Mod Podge later tonight to give it a nice finish.
If you’re gifted with drawing or have something you can sketch with, this can be a fun project. These would probably make nice stocking stuffers for that person that seems to have everything. I don’t think I’d try lettering again but I’m happy with how the wavy line candle came out!