Decoupage on candles – with dried flowers
If you buy ready-made candles, break them to pieces, melt in the steam bath, pour into a form and make a new candle – you can be asked “Why?!” Because you can not do it all, you can just buy it. But a woman is not all so simple, her soul needs creativity. Usual shop candles do not warm me, I want something cozy and crafted by my hands, and the process itself brings a lot of fun.
And I always wanted to try the technique of decoupage on candles with dried flowers from herbarium. Now I will tell you all the details:
Prepare the materials. Me and my son collected various beautiful exotic flowers, and made a herbarium, spreading them out on a sheet of paper and placing in a book between the pages, where they dried.
I bought in the store the cheapest wax candles. Break them, removing the wick, put in a pan, put it on a steam bath (in another saucepan with water) and turn on the fire.
As the water boils, the candles start to melt. Try to stir the melting wax and regulate the fire, it is better, if the wax will not boil, just melt.
As a form I used a can of soda, I just cut off the top of it. It seemed to me it was perfect in size and not too big and not too small, and most importantly – accessible. Pour the melted wax back and fasten the new wick. Pay attention to my construction for the wick, it was very comfortable, it is important that the wick was centered. Leave a candle to freeze at a room temperature. Once the candle is hard, I think, after 2-3 hours, I just cut the can off.
Now prepare for the second phase – decoupage on the candle with dried flowers. You will need the flowers, another candle, spoon, scissors and tweezers.
The technique is very simple: place a petal or a leaf to the candle, heat a spoon and stick the dried flowers. You will gradually learn how to adjust the degree of heating of the spoon, so all flowers will be attached evenly and beautifully. Cut off excess tips with scissors.
That’s how I place my spoon on the candle and leaf melts into.
Here is our candle, decorated at home, it has different flowers and leaves from all sides, and each side is beautiful.
Another secret: if some leaves do not look so smooth and beautiful, they can be covered with a layer of wax. To do this, melt the wax and take a glass (a little more than the diameter of the candle). Pour the wax there, liquid, but not boiling. It is important that the glass is high, and there is not too much of wax, otherwise it will spill over the edges. Carefully, holding the wick of the candle, dip it in the wax for 1-2 seconds (no more). You will get an even layer on the entire surface.
And finally, I recommend to watch the video about a napkin decoupage on candles. It is incredibly easy, the result is a pretty candle in just 2 minutes.