Thursday, September 23, 2010
Needed something simple and quick to do since I've been struck down with another cold, my second in a month. That's got to be a record for me. I don't have the energy or concentration to attempt anything too in depth so I searched through my bookmarked projects until I found something ideal. Landed upon an easy way to make custom-designed candles and knew I'd found my match.
You can add this one to the list of cheap Halloween projects with great results. I picked up some card stock and a package of small white candles (light-colored candles are key with this project) on clearance at Target for $0.74, some white tissue paper from a dollar store, and grabbed some nifty free Halloween images from Graphics Fairy. I followed the handy dandy tutorial at Ador and it really worked! The only trouble I had was feeding the tissue paper-covered card stock through my printer as it kept trying to grab the tissue paper alone. I had to wrap the tissue paper around three sides, tape it down securely, and nudge it through the feeder as it started to print. Other than that it went perfectly. I simply re-sized and printed the images onto the tissue paper, wrapped and trimmed around the candles, and heated with a hair dryer until the wax melted enough to fuse the paper to the candle. It's like magic! Halloween magic!
I can see myself doing this again and again with a variety of images for myself and friends. I'm already coming up with Christmas gift ideas. Fun fun fun!