Knock knock knock.
Ok, people. It’s a week out from Christmas and we ain’t got a second to waste. I am going to spit this one at you so fast your head will spin.
This is part one of a two-parter. The complete idea is a holiday window spray with custom candles and pine boughs. However, you can make these candles as gifts and things. They are very pretty and not labor intensive.
Let’s do this.
What you need:
- pillar candle (wax, not soy)
- wax paper
- scotch tape
- iPad or other device or a printer
- tissue paper that matches your candle
- piece of holiday ribbon that sheds glitter like crazy or actual glitter (the thinking behind this being that if you use the glitter from your ribbon it will match the ribbon in the spray exactly. This will make more sense in part 2.)
- blow dryer
There are a plethora of sites that allow you to create a monogram in different fonts. Find a combination you like. Size it to scale for your candle. There isn’t a right and wrong here. Use your eyeballs and your noodle.
Either print a copy or just lay a piece of printer paper on a mobile device and trace.
Lay the tissue paper on top of the design. Tape the edges to avoid slippage. Trace the design again.**
**For a VERY refined design, you can get an 8.5″x11″ piece of card stock and tape a piece of tissue paper on that and run it through your printer. I think it’s fun to do the work by hand. Machines are clinical. Beyond that, you could do ANY design this way with a printer, including photos. For now I am doing a monogram.
Cut the design out very close to its edges.
Center it on the pillar candle. Be certain it is straight.
Pull enough wax paper off the roll to cover the circumference of the pillar. Tape tightly into place. VERY tight.
Put your blow dryer on high heat. Hold the dryer very close to the candle, allow the two surfaces to bind together. You’ll see ripples in the wax paper as the wax melts. If you don’t see ripples, it’s not hot enough.
Peel away the wax paper. The design should be firmly stuck to the candle.
Embellishment time! Get another piece of wax paper. With your hands, simply rub the glitter off the ribbon you’ve selected and allow it to deposit into the waiting wax paper.
Roll the candle up in the glitter paper tightly. Repeat the hair dryer step. This should leave your candle all glitter-ized.
Now give it as a gift or enjoy yourself.
And don’t forget, Santa is watching, you bad children.
All for now.
The Gentleman Caller