Make this beautiful decoupaged Christmas candle with battery powered candles and beautiful stamps to add to your festive decor.
This cool vintage glass mailbox was a gift from my mom, and it’s one of my favorite decor pieces. I love coming up with ways to decorate it for the seasons and holidays. For Christmas, I thought it would look beautiful with a battery powered candle and mini ornament filling the bottom. Well that didn’t work out, because I couldn’t fit both the candle and the mini ornaments that I have in there. So I decided to decorate the candle itself, with some Christmas decoupage. Since I can’t get enough of poinsettias…
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The candles that I purchased are great because they came with a remote control and timers, so I can just set them and walk away. They turn on at the same time every evening and turn off after I go to bed. The are also coated in wax, so the outside looks like a candle. It’s obvious that they are battery powered when not on, but from afar, when they are on, you can’t tell. Even my significant other told me I was being dangerous with all the candles lit. I just laughed at him.
Of course, only use battery powered candles with this project. No one wants any fires started with traditional candles.
I used a bunch of supplies from my craft stash for this. The Winter Florals stamp set is exclusive to Scrapbook.com, and I’ve used it for a few projects now. I love the layered look of the stamps and there is so many different ways to make your poinsettias unique. I highly recommend this stamp set!
Ideally, decopage is done using a very thin paper, like tissue paper or a napkin. I chose to use deli paper, which has a bit of a grease resistant coating. It’s thin, but slightly more sturdy than tissue paper. The down side to the deli paper is that you have to let the ink or oxides dry for quite a bit of time before moving on to the next step. This is the same paper I like to use for Gel Plate Printing.
Decoupaged Christmas Candle Instructions
For the poinsettias, I used the base of the flower and stamped in the Festive Berries Oxide. Once that was dry, I lined up the top layer of the stamp, using my stamping platform, and stamped it using Distress Embossing Ink. Then I sprinkled on the red glitter embossing powder and heat embossed it. I used the gold gel pens to color in the middle of the flower and then fussy cut the flowers out. I used two of them on the candle.
With the long twigs with berries stamp, stamp them with the Distress Embossing Ink and then emboss with gold embossing powder and cut them out. I used two of them on the candle.
To get the green pine branches, I used Tim Holtz’s new Distress Ink and Oxide in Rustic Wilderness. Um, this green color just screams pine trees and I can’t seem to get enough of it. I rubbed the Distress Ink pad along the deli paper, and then sprayed it with the Distress Oxide Spray, both in Rustic Wilderness. Then I let it dry. I loved the look, but then I flipped the paper over and I loved the color even more. It had yellowy undertones on the underside, where as the top had bluish undertones.
I used the Pine Branch dies to diecut the branches out of the green deli paper. The die cuts were intricate, so it was necessary to be fragile with them. I used three of them on the candle
To decoupage the battery powered candle, you will want to do it in layers, starting with the twig and berry cut outs. Using a foam brush, brush a light layer of Mod Podge on to the candle and gently place the stamped deli paper on it. Then do the flowers and the branches where you see fit. Once every image was in place, I very carefully dabbed Mod Podge over the images, trying not to smear the inks.
A word of caution in regards to the inks and oxides and the Mod Podge. The colors I used are all water soluble, so there is a good chance they will smear when the decoupage glue is used. I was very careful to put the glue onto the candle and then not move the stamped deli paper around much. I did have a little bit of smearing with the green branches, which I was able to scrape off once the glue was dry. In a perfect world, I would have sealed the stamped paper with Distress Micro Glaze, but I don’t have any.
Lastly, to fill the mailbox a little bit more, I cut out some Rinea foiled paper in Gold/Silver Glossy using the Bigz Festive Stems die. They make a shiny and pretty base for the candle and are easy to manipulate so they look great as accents.