Saturday, May 22, 2010

kaleidoscope candles

kaleidoscope-candles

ever make those 'stained glass' votives with tissue paper when you were a kid? this project is a twist on that, using novena (altar) candles instead. not only are they super inexpensive (usually less than $2) each, but they last forever and the color becomes even more vibrant as the candles burn down. you can find novena candles in the religious section of many grocery stores - skip the saints and go for the clear glass. locally, i found them at checkers for $1.25 each, but you'll have to wait for the re-stock - i bought all the clear ones. (sorry.) i also found them at world market but they're a bit pricier, around $4 each - a surcharge, i guess, for going the route of secular procurement.

cut tissue paper into squares and rectangles, then layer the pieces randomly on the outside of the glass candle with mod podge. if you work with harmonious color palettes (green/blue/purple or red/pink/orange/yellow), the colors will layer and blend beautifully, giving the candle a look of a kaleidoscope or stained glass. for a frosty effect, put a layer of very light colored tissue on top of a darker color. for a shimmery finish, mix a little glitter dust into the mod podge before applying it to the candle. that's all! let it dry and then let it burn!

28 comments:

Annie said...

would the modgepodge let you use ink or marker on the top? it would be really cool use doodle designs over the tissue...

aimee said...

that is a great suggestion, annie! i just tried a black sharpie on top of the mod podge and it worked like a charm!

heather smith jones said...

Ooh your drawings on top Aimee, that is a cool idea.
Have a fun in the sun weekend, it was great to see you today! :)

Nina Crittenden said...

Another fantastic project, Aimee! Super Fantastic! Two Thumbs UP!!

S.E.Minegar said...

Very pretty.

Sarah said...

What a great idea! Thanks for the tutorial. They are beautiful. :)

rachel awes said...

keep shining your light, gorgeous! xox

Eliza Lynn Tobin said...

wow these are beautiful! I love mod podge! I agree with the others, these would look so cool with your doodles on them!

Karena said...

How wonderful!! Isn't it amazing what you can do with Mod Podge!!
I love your site.

Karena
Art by Karena

T.L. Holmes said...

I do like them! Great gift idea, too! Summer's almost here, and a trip to Kansas is on my "To Do" list...the Halcyon House B & B...is it as cool as it looks?? :)

Anairam said...

Oh, this is so pretty! I feel like a little bit of colour in my life ... Haha, if there is a world-wide shortage of clear votive candles, we'll know who to blame! And you will have to say Mea culpa, mea maxima culpa ... and 10 Hail Mary's.

Liv @ Choosing Beauty said...

There's a religious section at most grocery stores?! Ummm...not around these parts. Which leads me to believe I might already be living in hell. Happily, it's much nicer than I'd expected. :)

Diana said...

Aimee... if anyone has a Dollar Tree (aka Everything's A Dollar), the candles are, uh, a dollar. =) They don't always stock them, but sometimes one can catch the cycle when the store has gotten them in.

Love the idea! Gonna hafta try this!

Francesca said...

I think you posted a photo of a stained glass votive a while ago, and I was intrigued. Unfortunately, the only glass votives I've seen in this country are red, but I'm so glad I imported 3 tubs(?) of mod podge on my last trip back from the US!

Hands to Work, Hearts to God said...

So pretty and so easy! Thanks! Patsy from
HeARTworks

painted fish studio said...

fabulous, aimee!

Bella Sinclair said...

Burn, baby, burn! Oooh, yes, this takes me back. And still just as fun! I think putting your doodles all over the candles is a smashing idea! Could you sharpie the tissue paper before cutting them up?

peggyfussell said...

genius

●• Thereza said...

you should put together a book with all those great tutorials of yours!

The Dreaming Bear said...

What a fun idea!!! This might turn out to be one of our "keep the kids busy during summer vacation" projects!! Love how they glow!

meg duerksen said...

i love this!!
i promised my kids a new craft every thursday this summer. THIs will be one. they will love it. :)
thanks.

Theresa said...

How cool! Great idea!

Stacie @ azoho.com said...

Wonderful idea- can't wait to give it a go!

Mod Podge Amy said...

Bright and wonderful - I love them!

drambuie said...

I am borrowing your idea to make candles as holiday gifts...we are using christmas and winter tissue papers

MaryAnn said...

This was one of my second graders favorites in 1972, back in the wild and groovy hippy days, but I never tried it with such tall pretty containers. We only used peanut butter or mayo jars, go figure! We were hippies! This idea look so fresh and interesting, I'm going to do it again for sure. (Also found in book, Scribble Art.) thank you for your great blog! I love it!!
~MaryAnn F. Kohl,
art book author and educator
www.brightring.com
blog: maryannfkohl.typepad.com/blog/

MaryAnn said...

PS You can make these with thinned white glue and tissue on almost any kind of container.

Jessica said...

I absolutely love these candle holders! I make decoupage candle holders myself, but never thought of alter candle holders! Thanks for the inspiration!