Tuesday 12 November 2013

A quick idea for a gift.....

.....at this time of year it can get expensive when it comes to buying gifts.....Christmas, winter birthdays etc so why not create some quick and cheap gifts and save yourself a few pennies.

I bought a set of four white candles from a supermarket, £2.50 for four, and turned one of them into a quick and pretty little gift.....

If you've never decorated a candle before here's a quick 'how to' ......

First stamp your images onto some white tissue, I've used some recycled tissue from a package I had delivered, the stamp is from the Winter Flowers plate by Creative Expressions........

Then colour your image, I've used Cosmic Shimmer watercolours for this one but in the past have used ordinary watercolours, coloured pencils, distress ink and promarkers........

Once your images are coloured, carefully cut them out.  Then take a piece of Baking Parchment or Waxed Paper, carefully position your cut out image onto the candle and wrap the baking parchment tightly round the candle. Take your heat tool and lightly play it over the candle until the surface has melted just enough for the tissue to become embedded onto candle. You will see the image appearing darker through the baking parchment as it becomes embedded.....

Peel off the baking parchment and repeat the process if you have other images you wish to put on and then you're done.....

If you're going to give a gift you need a gift tag, so using the same stamp I've stamped and coloured the flower onto a small tag,  and added some Distress Ink as a background colour.
Then pop the candle into a cellophane bag and tie with ribbon and there you have it a quick personal gift that hasn't taken long and hasn't cost the earth!

Donna xx


  1. Lovely candle and tag, lovely gift idea . Tracy x

  2. Great minds think alike... I had a go at this, but missed the vital step of wrapping in baking parchment and wondering why my candle went all blobby ;)

    Super gift, well made too. I did something else!


  3. Beautiful candle! Can I ask which supermarket as that's a great price for the 4? Thanks! Gemma

  4. Beautiful and such a clever idea for a present or four. >;o) Chris xxx

  5. Wow, this is so pretty! What a wonderful idea to put them together!


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