Give plain pillar candles a lacy decorative finish using paper doilies and rubber stamps. This is a quick and simple way to make attractive looking candles that make great gifts as well as being pretty decorations for a special meal, party or simply as a home accessory.
How to Create a Lace Decoration on a Candle
The lace effect comes from pieces of a paper doily. The trick for making the pattern from the doily really stand out is to carefully rub the back of the doily with an ink pad. This will help to emphasize the design. Depending on the pattern of your doily you can add a single feature piece or lots of small pieces to create a larger design on your candle. Use rubber stamps and tissue paper to create further decorations on the candle. Stamping sentiments or themed images will help to create a candle for a specific occasion such as a birthday or wedding celebrations.
- White pillar candle
- Paper doily
- Ink pad
- Rubber stamps
- Tissue paper
- Heat gun
- Parchment paper
InstructionsThis is the same technique as adding rubber stamped tissue paper to a candle. This is described in more detail here - How to Add Rubber Stamp Images to Candles. The parchment paper is used to hold the pieces of doily and small rubber stamped images in place while you are heating the candle. This isn't necessary, however it does make handling small pieces of paper more straightforward.
- Carefully rub the ink pad over the back of the doily, cut the portions from the doily that you want to add to the candle
- Place a piece of doily in position on the candle
- Wrap the piece of parchment paper around the candle tightly, this should hold the doily in position
- Carefully heat the surface of the candle by the piece of doily, when the surface starts to melt take the heat away immediately (the piece of doily should go opaque when the wax has melted)
- Repeat this process until you have created your desired look
- To add rubber stamped images stamp the designs onto a piece of tissue paper and then follow the steps above to adhere the stamped images to the surface of the candle.