Thursday, October 20, 2011

Simple Holiday Candles

simple supplies

     I always read One Lucky Day’s  Blog (Love those Gypsies) and awhile back  the idea of using tissue paper to dress up candles was addressed.  Hummm, hadn’t ever done that before.  So I headed over to Heidi Swapp’s blog and found her video for making them.  A quick trip to Ikea for some candles and I was off to play. I used 7 Gypsies Tissue but there's also some just out from Tim Holtz with musical notes on it that would be stunning too.  
Heidi’s video is great but I thought I’d share some tips I learned while making mine. 
Tissue paper has little weight to it. Make sure your cuts are straight if you’re covering the whole candle as I did. I found using my big cutting surface and large straight edge, I got the best cut.

I held the paper to the candle with a very small amount of tape from a tape runner. Make sure your candle is parallel to the tissue paper, even the slightest angle will throw off your symmetry.  Test before you tape and commit.

Start heating on one side of the seam and work your way around in 1 inch increments.  Adhesion takes very little heat, keep the gun moving and smooth as you go. The very last thing I did was heat the bottom and top edges to make sure everything was adhered.

About $11.00 worth of material and I think I’ve got a smashing holiday gift for someone.  Then again, it may never leave my mantle!

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