How to apply fabric to candles

What you will need for this project:

Assorted sized and assorted shaped candles
Various fabrics and swatches

Straight pins
Gimp tacks (upholstery-type tacks) (optional)
White glue or decoupage
Scissors
Small paint brush
Glitter paint (optional)

Regardless of what type of candles you have, huge block candles, tall tapered candles, or little votives, you can enhance them dramatically by attaching fabric designs. Start with a round candle, such as a ball candle. Cut small flower shapes from lace. Cover the underside of the applique with white glue. Small embellishments work best for ball candles since wrapping the entire candle causes problems when you get to the top or bottom of the candle.

The excess fabric is difficult to work with at the edges. Continue the pattern until you have the desired look for this candle. You can go back and attach a small bead in the center of each flower. It’s an option to outline the flower with glitter paint, but this enhances the look of the project and keeps the raw edges of the cut-out from showing.

A beautiful look for a tapered candle is to apply narrow strips of velvet or metallic ribbon length-ways on the candle. Start by measuring around the bottom of the tapered candle. Decide how often you want to add each velvet strip, keeping in mind that at the top, the strips will meet together if you place them too closely at the bottom. So, if your candle measures 6″ at the bottom, you might want to place the strips at every 2″. You could decide to place them at every 1″ marker. Either way, scratch a tiny mark in the bottom of the candle for each piece of velvet strip you will add.

Use a ruler to ensure your lines are straight, and draw or scratch the line all the way up to the top of the candle. Next, use your paintbrush to apply glue or decoupage along the scratch line. Begin at the bottom and press the velvet strip to the glue. Then, using your finger to smooth the strip, go up with the strip until you have reached the top of the candle. Cut off any excess fabric. Repeat this pattern until you are finished. To lend a smoother look to this arrangement, add a tiny bit of glitter paint around the top and bottom edges of the candle.

Choose the cloth which you will use to decorate a pillar candle. Cut the cloth to a length that will cover all the way around the candle, with an inch to spare. Fold the fabric under one inch across the top, pin, then use a paintbrush to draw a line of glue straight down the side of the candle. Tuck 1″ under at the bottom and begin by lining the edge of the fabric up the side, pinning as you go. Wrap the fabric around the candle until you are back to where you started. When the glue is dry, remove the pins.

Tuck 1″ of the remaining fabric under, glue and pin. You can glue the fabric before pinning and remove the pins later, or you can leave the pins in. To leave the candle like this, with just the fabric and no other embellishments showing, use a pin with a tiny head. Work the fabric over the head of the pin, if possible, to keep it well hidden.

The sharp end of a needle will assist you with this. To use pins as a decoration for the candle, locate one particular pattern in the fabric, such as a leaf. Outline the leaf with the pins. Then, find another pattern, such as a small flower, and again, outline with the pins. To give the candle a quilted look, wrap a very thin piece of foam around the candle before actually covering it with the fabric.

For small votives, cut out moons, stars or whatever shapes you desire, and use the decoupage to adhere them. After drying, apply a coat of the decoupage over the top of the fabric pieces. It should be mentioned that although fabric candles are unique and decorative, the candle should never be lit while fabric is attached. These kinds of candles are mostly for decor. If you will be burning the candle, remove all foam and fabric before lighting.

For small votives

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