DIY Holiday Gifts: Hand-Painted Candles
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DIY Holiday Gifts: Hand-Painted Candles

Posted on Monday, November 28th, 2011 at 10:42 am
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Save money this holiday season with DIY gift ideas. Here, you'll learn how to make hand-painted candles that everyone on your list will love! If you’re looking for inexpensive holiday gifts this year, then you’ve come to the right place. Today I’m going to show you how to make your own hand-painted candles for less than $1.00 each! No matter what your artistic skill level is, there’s a candle design for you. I give hand-painted candles as gifts to all my family members, friends, and co-workers every year and they’re always a hit. Not only are they quick and inexpensive to make, but they are also a great way to give unique, personalized gifts to everyone on your list!

What You’ll Need Before Getting Started:

Before you start painting your candles, you’ll need to pick up a few simple supplies. Don’t worry, the supplies for your hand-painted candles shouldn’t cost you more than around $20. Here’s what you need:

  • Candles. I find that plain white or ivory taper candles work best and cost the least. You can get a 24 count package of Mainstay 10″ Taper White or Ivory Unscented Candles at Walmart for $12.97, which only costs about $0.50 per candle. Also, be sure to check the Dollar Store for even better candle bargains. And of course, you don’t have to stick with taper candles. You can also play around with different sized pillar candles or small votive candles. Let your creative side run wild!
  • Acrylic Paint. I recommend Deco Art Americana Acrylic Paint, which you can find at just about any craft store or order online for around $1 per bottle. I recommend picking out at least 3-4 different colors.
  • Paintbrushes. Any small, fine-tipped paintbrush will do. If you don’t have a couple lying around, just buy the cheapest ones you can find.
  • Optional: Ribbon. Tying a set of candles together with some beautiful festive ribbon adds a nice final touch to your homemade gift! You can almost always find spools of ribbon at the Dollar Store during this time of year.

Now You’re Ready to Get Started!

Once you’ve collected all your supplies, you’re ready to start painting! One of my favorite designs is the flower vine design (below). This design is very simple and can be done by any skill level painter. I’ll go ahead and walk you through the simplest way to achieve this design (your candles can have the same look without being quite as intricate). Here’s what to do:

  1. Save money this holiday season with DIY gift ideas. Here, you'll learn how to make hand-painted candles that everyone on your list will love! Choose 2-3 shades of green (dark, medium, and light). Start with the darkest green and dab it onto the candle using the tip of your brush. A worn out brush works best to achieve a leafy appearance. Once the dark green paint dries, repeat this step with the medium green, and then the lightest green. Make sure you allow each layer to dry before adding another one. While you’re waiting for one layer to dry, you can start on the next candle (the acrylic paint dries pretty quickly).
  2. Next, choose 2-3 colors for the flowers (pinks, purple, and reds work great). Place dots of color of the greens to create your flowers. Again, start with the darkest colors
    and make this the largest dot. Once it has dried, go place a slightly smaller dot of a lighter color over it and so on. For a final touch, add a small white dot on top of your colors and voila! You have your flowers!
  3. Once your candles have dried completely, you can choose to tie them together in sets to wrap up as gifts! It’s really that simple, and fun too! 


I hope you enjoy making your own hand-painted candles as much as I do. Remember, you can paint any design you like. This is just one of many design options! Happy painting!



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