Mt. Rainier and Lenticular Clouds - Dec. 2008 copyright: JMM

August 9, 2012

New Life for Old Candles

The heat and humidity returned on the Summer Solstice back in June, so it was primarily an indoor-day for me, although I did get my Vitamin D on for about a half hour when the breeze was still cool.  But alas, I started to roast so I went into the craft room and things got a little sparkly.

My mom continues to purge her house of things and is giving me the right of first refusal on everything she's getting rid of, so I snagged a couple of big white pillar candles from the thrift shop pile.  My first idea was to stick rhinestones on one of them but.....nah.  Instead, I broke out the bag of cool sequins, beads and pins.

My measuring skills are sad, at best, so I ended up eyeballing the design, so the rows aren't perfectly lined up. This was the point at which I thought this particular candle was done.  It was missing something, but what?

Ah! That's MUCH better!!

Wasn't sure what to do with the taller one, then I remember the pretty, fibrous paper stashed away and decided to Mod Podge pieces of it onto the candle.

I know, what a mess, right?

All done!

These are votives that I decorated with wax pens, specially made for drawing on candles, and also pinned sequins on the right.


  1. Wow! awsome JoJo,as I kept reading,I got to the lit candadles,and my heart just instantly lit up freal,great job,I love how you just snag stuff :D!!!!!

  2. Ooooh! Those are so pretty and I bet they will look gorgeous when the flame burns down and the glow comes through your decoration!!!!!

  3. Anonymous12:06 PM

    YOU are a genius!! :0)

  4. I could "wax" lyrical about how anyone could ever burn them!

  5. Great ideas, Jo! I love them~

  6. Ohmigosh, what beautiful candle work! The sequined one was bee-yoo-tee-full!!!!!
    Some Dark Romantic

  7. Those are gorgeous! You are so talented!

  8. Lovely, my favourite is the purple tissue paper one, I have one that I was given for my birthday with a henna design on it x

  9. Cool candles! Great idea to use pins to add your decoration, and the paper is so colorful.
    Everyday Inspired