A handmade Valentine’s Day candle can serve as a charming decoration for your home and a thoughtful gift for that special someone in your life. While store-bought gifts are always an option, a personalized, handmade gift can speak volumes. In this article, we will guide you through the process of creating beautiful and unique Valentine candles using affordable supplies from Dollar Tree.
Read on to discover the step-by-step instructions for crafting Valentine candles, from gathering your supplies, preparing the candle base, and applying Mod Podge and tissue paper to adding scrapbook embellishments, incorporating magazine clippings, and creating a stunning display. Get more info from the FAQs section below.
1. Gather your supplies
- Dollar Tree pillar glass candle
- Tissue paper
- Mod Podge
- Scrapbook embellishments
- Magazine clippings
2. Prepare the candle base
First, ensure that the surface of the pillar glass candle is clean and free of any dust or debris. Next, choose the color and design of the tissue paper that you would like to use for your candle. Measure the height and circumference of the candle and cut the tissue paper accordingly.
3. Apply Mod Podge and tissue paper
Once your tissue paper is cut to size, apply a thin layer of Mod Podge to a section of the candle. Carefully place the tissue paper onto the Mod Podge, smoothing it out gently with your fingers to avoid wrinkles or bubbles. Continue applying Mod Podge and tissue paper in sections until the entire candle is covered. Allow the Mod Podge to dry completely before moving on to the next step.
4. Add scrapbook embellishments
Now that the tissue paper is in place, it’s time to add some flair with scrapbook embellishments. Choose embellishments that complement the color and design of your tissue paper. Many scrapbook embellishments come with sticky markers, making it easy to attach them to the candle. Arrange the decorations on the candle in a pleasing pattern.
5. Incorporate magazine clippings
To add an extra layer of personalization to your Valentine candle, search through magazines for love-inspired words or phrases. Once you have found the perfect words, use rigid scissors to carefully cut them out. Apply a thin layer of Mod Podge to the back of each word and adhere it to the candle in a random pattern. Allow the Mod Podge to dry completely.
6. Create a stunning display
Your Valentine candle is now complete, but why not take it a step further by creating an eye-catching display? Choose a silvery tray and add chalkboard labels to indicate the name or sentiment behind your candle. Decorate the tray with heart decorations to enhance the Valentine’s Day theme.
Learn more useful information about this Valentine’s candle DIY project.
Can I use any type of candle for this project?
While we recommend using a Dollar Tree pillar glass candle for this project, you can use any type of pillar candle with a smooth surface. Just make sure the candle is safe to burn and that the materials you use are compatible with the candle.
Is Mod Podge safe to use on candles?
Yes, Mod Podge is safe for candles as it is a water-based sealer, glue, and finish. However, it’s essential to remember that Mod Podge is not heat-resistant. Therefore, do not coat the wick or the area close to the flame; never leave burning candles unattended.
Can I use other types of paper besides tissue paper?
You can use other types of lightweight paper, such as gift wrapping paper or even printed napkins. However, thicker paper may be more challenging to apply smoothly and may not adhere as well to the candle surface.
How long does it take for the Mod Podge to dry?
Drying times for Mod Podge can vary based on factors such as humidity and thickness of application. Generally, it takes about 15-20 minutes to dry to the touch and up to 24 hours for a complete cure.
Can I use other types of glue instead of Mod Podge?
While Mod Podge is recommended for this project due to its versatility and easy application, you can use other types of craft glue that dry clear and have a similar consistency. However, the results may vary depending on the adhesive properties of the alternative glue.
Can I add fragrance to the Valentine candle?
While it is possible to add fragrance oils to your Valentine candles, it is not recommended for this particular project, as the focus is on the decorative aspect of the candle. If you prefer a scented candle, consider purchasing a pre-scented pillar candle for your base.
You are the queen of crafts my friend…soooooo pretty!
I need to get out of this house and hit up the Dollar Tree! Walmart is on my list too. We finally have a break in the weather so hopefully today. These are so cute!
That is a really cute project, Debbie., I am so ready for Valentine’s Day to be here. My son bought me tickets for Wicked for Valentine’s Day. Plus- Valentine’s Day means we are that much closer to Spring- xo Diana
So cute Debbie!!!! Happy New Year my friend!!!
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Adorable, Debbie! Happy 2014! 🙂
Wonderful, my friend! Every time I walk into a Dollar Tree my thoughts turn to you! You are the queen!!~~Ang
I’ve found 5 of those pillar candles in the storage room and was going to return them. Guess I have a project to do now. 🙂 Thanks for sharing those adorable ideas, Debbie.
I think Gabbie and Alex need to make them:)
Raquel @ Organized Island
Those are really cool Debbie! I did not even realize those words were from a magazine. Love the dollar store crafts! Happy New Year!
Tess @ Tips on Life and Love
You mentioned you found the chalkboard labels at Walmart, but what other stores do you recommend trying to find them? This is a really cute idea! I’m excited to try it!
What a great idea!! I love Modge Podge! I love the Dollar Stores!!
Debbie @Dewdrop Gables
What a great way to bring life to a boring candle, and it’s perfect for Valentine’s Day. Cutting out from the magazines takes me back…way back.