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How to Make Candles That Truly Shine

How to Make Candles That Truly Shine

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DIY & Crafts

How to Make Candles That Truly Shine

Supplies (for each)

  • Cylindrical glass hurricane candleholder, vase or tumbler
  • Vellum or watercolour paper
  • Double-sided tape, 1/2 in wide
  • Measuring tape, pencil, ruler and set square
  • Tracing and carbon paper (both optional)
  • Darning or tapestry needle and/or awl




1. With measuring tape, measure candleholder circumference, then add 2 cm (3/4 in) for total circumference; measure candleholder height, straight up from base to rim (or just below lip). On vellum with pencil, ruler and set square, mark rectangle, total circumference x height; cut out.

2. Working freehand with needle, pierce patterns of dots through vellum from wrong side, spacing dots 3 to 6 mm/1/8 to 1/4 in apart.

3. Wrap vellum around candleholder, right side out; apply double-sided tape to underlapping edge, overlap other edge 2 cm and adhere.

Designer's tips

• To make handle for needle, push end with eye up into wine-bottle cork.

• If you don't want to work freehand: Lay tracing paper over desired motif(s) –such as your own design, or motif from magazine or colouring book – and "trace" lines with series of dots, then, with carbon paper, transfer onto wrong side of vellum and pierce.

• For no-flame "candlelight," use battery-operated LED votives and pillar candles, which produce a soft, flickering glow just like the real thing.


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How to Make Candles That Truly Shine