I love battery operated candles. I put them on throughout various rooms and forget about them. If I fall asleep, no big deal. I love the ones with timers that turn on and off automatically. It is such a pleasure to come home to flickering light. That being said I find them incredibly BORING, yawn. The stores only carry them in a few colors and styles. So I came up with this Battery Operated Vera Bradley Inspired Decoupage Candle Project and I am pretty excited to share it with you. No more boring battery operated candles!
This project is the next installment in the Vera Bradley napkin series (yes more to come). Our Vera Bradley Inspired Decoupage Pumpkins were such a hit, I knew I had to continue the napkin fun. If you're not a Vera Bradley fan, no problem! You can use this technique with ANY decorative napkins. Modern, floral, holiday, etc. I especially love the leopard print ones! Make these candles to keep or give. I guarantee you will look at battery operated candles in a whole new light!
What you will need:
Battery Operated Candles in White or Ivory (white is best).
Decorative Paper Guest Towels or Napkins big enough to wrap your candle (Higher end home decorating stores sell Vera Bradley, as well as in her stores and online. The leopard print napkins are by Caspari :www.casparionline.com they have many great napkins.
Foam Brush or Paint Brush
These white candles are from the dollar store, what a deal! The labels stick horribly though, so be prepared to pick the labels off. You can find other battery operated candles at Target, Walmart, Costco,or just about any store these days. Even my grocery store sells them.
Lets get started:
Trim off the border and any perforated edges on your paper napkins.
Lay your candle on your napkin and roll the napkin around the candle to know how long to cut, leave a little extra.
Use a pencil on the backside of the napkin to trace how wide to cut the napkin piece.
Or you can measure the height of your candle with a ruler.
Cut your rectangle.
Peel the inside white liner off of the decorative tissue.
Cover about 1/3 of the candle with Mod Podge.
Line up your tissue to the top of the candle and carefully roll the paper onto the candle. The tissue is delicate so smooth out any bubbles very gently. Be careful not to touch with sticky fingers or it will lift the paper off.
Continue adding Mod Podge and rolling the tissue out while smoothing making sure your paper stays even at the top of the candle. The tissue can wrinkle so smooth and pull it gently and rub your finger along creases and bubbles. The more you roll and smooth with your finger before it dries the less lines and wrinkles you will have.
When you get to where the tissue meets you will want to trim your extra tissue to join the seams as close as possible. Try to have very little overlap.
After the Mod Podge has dried awhile trim any excess length on the bottom of the candle. You can also run a little Mod Podge along the bottom of the candle and push any excess edge under. Any lose edges on top add some Mod Podge and smooth.
If by accident you do rip the paper, just peel it off before it dries and start over.
Let your candle dry then apply at least one layer overall of Mod Podge. The more layers you add the glossier it will appear and any wrinkles start to be less noticeable.
Enjoy your beautiful new and improved battery operated candles by day, and night!
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