Saturday, May 22, 2010
ever make those 'stained glass' votives with tissue paper when you were a kid? this project is a twist on that, using novena (altar) candles instead. not only are they super inexpensive (usually less than $2) each, but they last forever and the color becomes even more vibrant as the candles burn down. you can find novena candles in the religious section of many grocery stores - skip the saints and go for the clear glass. locally, i found them at checkers for $1.25 each, but you'll have to wait for the re-stock - i bought all the clear ones. (sorry.) i also found them at world market but they're a bit pricier, around $4 each - a surcharge, i guess, for going the route of secular procurement.
cut tissue paper into squares and rectangles, then layer the pieces randomly on the outside of the glass candle with mod podge. if you work with harmonious color palettes (green/blue/purple or red/pink/orange/yellow), the colors will layer and blend beautifully, giving the candle a look of a kaleidoscope or stained glass. for a frosty effect, put a layer of very light colored tissue on top of a darker color. for a shimmery finish, mix a little glitter dust into the mod podge before applying it to the candle. that's all! let it dry and then let it burn!