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Sunday, December 11, 2011

Holiday Candle

I just love pillar candles.  I found this pillar candle and thought this would be a great decoration for the Holiday season.  The shade of red looked so good to me with the Holly Berry Designer paper from the current Holiday mini catalog.  I used one of these for our Yankee Swap at my church's ladies group.

To make this beautiful candle:

1.  Cut a piece of the designer paper to 12" x 8" and layer it onto a 1" strip of chocolate chip and wild wasabi cardstocks on both the top and bottom edge of the designer paper.
2.  Cut 1 1/2" strips of real red and very vanilla cardstocks. 
3.  Use the eyelet border punch to layer the edges of the red and vanilla cardstocks.
4.  Use sticky strip to put the layers together aligning all the cardstock on the left side.
5.  Once all the layers are together, trim the uneven side of the piece to a straight side.  Make sure you leave at least 1/2" for overlap to attach to the candle.
6.  Wrapping the whole piece around the candle requires a strong adhesive.  I used two pieces of sticky strip parallel to each other along the whole seam. 
7.  Lay the candle on its side and wrap the piece around the candle.  Pull tightly and adhere with the sticky strip.
8.  Cut a 1 1/2" strip of a complimenting pattern of the designer paper and layer this onto a 1 3/4" piece of real red.  Wrap around the candle.
Back Seam:
9.  Cut a piece of victorian lace long enough to cover the length of the seam.
10.  Adhere with sticky strip.
11.  Punch small flower from Boho Blossom punch in real red.
12.  Layer two flowers together to make a pointsettia
13.  Use small pearls to decorate the center of the flower.

Lolly for the Front:
 14.  Cut 2 strip of designer paper 3/4" wide.
15.  Score at each 1/4" along the length of the strip.
16.  Accordian fold the strip.  Use sticky strip to attach two ends together so you have a large circle.
17.  Punch a 1 1/2" circle out of a scrap of cardstock to use for the back of the lolly.
18.  Cover the front of the circle with a think layer of Crystal Effects.  Pinch the circle together to make the accordian fold floret.  I used a heavy weight (a punch works well) to hold the Lolly in place until the crystal effects can dry.
19.  Select a button for the center of the lolly.  Thread a piece of thread or ribbon through the button.
20.  Use glue dots to attach button to the front of the lolly.
21.  Using the scallop die #2 - cut a large scallop from a piece of designer paper.
22.  Attach small pearls to the edge of the scallop.
23.  Attach the lolly to the front of the scallop.  Use sticky strip to attach lolly to the front of the candle. 

What a great hostess gift this would make!! 

Do be careful if you are going to burn this candle.  Remove the wrap before you burn the candle.

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