Monday, March 28, 2016

Spring Dollar Store Altar Candles

I've made decorated altar candles for most of the holidays, but I saw this adorable tissue paper the last time I was at Dollar Tree, and I knew I needed to decoupage something with it. Since they also sell the altar candles and Dollar Tree, it seemed like fate.

To make this project, all you need is a couple of dollar store altar candles, a jar of mod podge, a foam paint brush, some patterned tissue paper, and a scissors.

Using the candles as a guide, I cut out two squares of tissue paper. It's sometimes hard to cut, so I recommend folding it and using that as a line to cut along, or you could use a rotary cutter and a cutting mat. I've found that cutting it about a half inch longer than you think you'll need allows you to select the straightest edge along the top of the candle, and to wrap the bottom edge of the paper over the bottom edge of the candle for a finished look.

Once your paper is cut out, paint a line of mod podge along one of the candle's seams. Line the paper up as straightly as possible along the top ridge and along the seam. If it starts straight, it will be much easier to keep it straight.

Continue painting glue and tapping the tissue paper down gently over top of it. Be careful not to get glue on your fingers. Wet or sticky fingers is the most common cause of tissue paper tears.

Once I had glued all of the paper down, I tipped the candles onto their tops and glued the bottom edge of paper down. Then I did the other candle and left both of them to dry for a while. Leave them alone for at least 10 minutes (but 20 or 30 minutes is better) so that the glue has a chance to set up and you won't pull or tear the paper as you paint  your sealing coat of mod podge over the top.

Apply 1-2 coats of mod podge over the top of the tissue paper and let them dry until set. If you notice any tackiness or stickiness after drying for a few days, you can spray them with some clear acrylic sealer.

These just scream spring and looked great out on the patio table. Hopefully it will warm up a bit more so that we can use them for some nice grilled dinners out on the deck.

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