Shabby Chic Stamped Candle How-To and An Announcement (or two)

August 31, 2011

Hello friends, I can't believe it's Wednesday already. Today I have an elegant shabby chic DIY project that I'm delighted to share with you ~ stamped candles!   

But first I must give credit where credit is due.  I initially saw this project on a blog called The Polka Dot Closet.  Carol is amazing with her flea market finds and thrift store re-dos.  You have to go and visit her. (Tell her I sent you!)  Thanks for the inspiration, Carol!  As soon as I read about them, and how e-a-s-y they were to make, I knew I had to make lots some!  So here we go!

plain, light colored candle (for maximum contrast with your stamped graphic)

plain white tissue paper (like for putting in gift bags)

rubber or acrylic stamps of your choice

ink pad

wax paper

hair dryer

sisal, twine or jute, ribbon

decorative elements like charms, etc.

Here's a peek at what I used. 

 Okay, are you ready for this?  Stamp your stamp(s) onto the tissue paper.  Cut out each image, all the while staying close to the image so as not to leave a lot of excess white paper around the outside.  Position the image on the candle where you want it to go.  Wrap over the image and the entire candle with a sheet of wax paper, wax side down.  Make sure your sheet of wax paper is long enough to go all the way around the candle and then some, so that you'll have extra paper to hold onto at the back of the candle while you're heating the image on the front of the candle.

I put my hair dryer on high heat and I'd say it took no longer than 5 minutes for each image to fully bond onto the candle.  You can pull the wax paper back gently to check on the adhesion progress.  (I recommend this, since if you overheat it, the candle wax will begin to melt!)  I'd also say not to try drying more than one image at a time.  Once it appears done, gently peel off the wax paper.  And voila! 

 You can see I embellished the candle even more by tying some sisal around it with a vintage crucifix.  You could let your imagination run wild here. Some people actually paste their tissue paper onto 8 1/2'' by 11" card stock, run it through their printer, and print their graphic directly off of the computer!  I'll have to try that next.  I just keep thinking what great gifts these babies would make......Christmas, birthdays, teacher gifts.  The possibilities are endless!  I do hope you like them. 

 I'm on Facebook, people!  (I know, I know, hell must have frozen over.)  I'm thinking that since I broke down and FINALLY joined the rest of the world, the least you can do is drop by my Facebook page and "LIKE" me!  Pretty please?  I mean, a girl's gotta start somewhere!  And I'm thinking once I get a few "Likes" I'll announce another GIVEAWAY!  Just click "Like" on my Facebook button in my right sidebar, right underneath my Google Friend Connect gadget.  Who knows, I may end up actually having something interesting to say over there....

Finally, don't forget to join in on Tuesday's Club G.W. with Charm Bracelet Diva Party going on here. I could use some more expert thrifters!  Come out, come out, wherever you are and SHOW US YOUR JUNK! (And I say that with all the love in the world, really.)  By the way, where did you think I got those awesome just right patina'd (not a word but I'm using it anyway) candle holders?  Bingo.


I'll be linking up here:

Leave a Comment!

Ana said...

Hi Kathleen,
What a great idea! I'll definitely have to give it a try. Thanks for sharing...I'm new to your blog so I don't know what Club G.W. so I'm off to check it out. Can't wait to look around your blog some more. Have a wonderful day.

Hugs and Kisses,
♥Ana~A Petite Cottage

lvroftiques said...

Hi Kathleen!
Great project! I'll give it a try...I just have to be on the look out for the perfect stamps. I'm lovin' the one with the script!
BTW one of my readers asked me to tell you that you can usually find the mannequin heads at your local beauty colleges/schools. They use them in place of real customers when they don't have a "live" specimen *winks* And then they discard them. So he thought you might want to give them a call? Just a thought *winks* Vanna

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

Hi Kathleen...loving your blog and this idea! Thank you for sharing, you've made it look very easy to do!

Bella's Rose Cottage said...

Hi Kathleen,
This is so clever! and you made it look so easy... It looks beautiful!
thanks for the inspiration, I am your newest follower:-)

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Your candles look great!! Thank you sooo much for the shout out!!


Rosemary@villabarnes said...

The candle look great. I just left your FB page. Welcome!

Michele said...

Thanks so much for the inspiration and how to.
Love the candle.
Have a great holiday weekend.

Amanda@RelovedRubbish said...

Kathleen, your candles are beautiful! I love your stamps!


Debra@CommonGround said...

Love these, they turned out really pretty!! thanks for sharing the inspiration at VIF, xo Debra

Unknown said...

HI Kathleen:
Your candles came out amazing. I love Carol and her Polka Dot Closet Blog. I am a new follower of yours now too. Hope to join your party on Tuesday!
Visiting from WW

refresh reStyle said...

Love this idea to spruce up candles! Thank you!

The Charm of Home said...

This is fantastic! I didn't think it would be so easy! Thanks for showing us this!
Thanks for joining HSH!

KimMalk said...

I saw Carol do those candles, too. I was at Michael's today looking at stamps for this exact project. Good job, Kathleen.

Patty & Kenneth said...

I love this idea! I can't wait to try it, thanks for sharing!

Sandra (Candle Making @ Craft Gossip) said...

What a great candle project Kathleen. I love your style and have featured your post on Craft Gossip!

Anonymous said...

Love this idea and would love to share it on my blog next WEd for my Discovery Beauty segment if that is ok with you. I will give a link back to you wonderful blog for more details.

bee blessed

Anonymous said...

Love this idea and would love to share it on my blog next WEd for my Discovery Beauty segment if that is ok with you. I will give a link back to you wonderful blog for more details.

bee blessed

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