December 29, 2009

DIY Hostess Gift: "Hostess with the Mostest" Glitter Candle

Whimsical, versatile, and very simple
To put together,
These charming candles are the perfect craft
For thoughtful friends on a budget.

To make one candle, assemble the following:
  • 1 Mexican Prayer Candle (can be found at Target and many grocery stores for between $1 -$2)
  • 1 Sheet High Quality Self-Adhesive Inkjet Paper
  • Hostess With the Mostest Template -- or -- Happy New Year Template -- or -- your own image (approx. 6" tall)
  • Mod Podge
  • Fine Glitter (my favorite is Martha Stewart Antique Silver)
  • A fine-tipped paint brush, dry
  • A soft, loose-tipped paint brush, dry
  • Scissors
  • Scrapbook or vintage music paper
  • A light weight cardboard, such as cereal box cardboard
  • Small Single Hole Punch
  • Ribbon (my favorite is Martha Stewart's 3/16" Piped Nylon Ribbon in "Putty"

 Print your candle label and tag label on high quality self-adhesive inkjet paper.

Trim label, leaving a small border to help guide you when you add the glue for the glittered border.  Remove sticker backing, and slowly apply the label.  I like to work from left to right, smoothing up and down as I go to avoid trapping air bubbles. 

Using a high output glue pen, or simply your Mod Podge and a fine tipped brush, apply a thin border of glue to the entire label.

Liberally coat glue border with glitter.  When glue has dried, brush off excess with a soft, broad bristled paint brush.

For the gift tag, trim, peel, and apply to cardboard.  I like to use the cardboard recycled from cereal boxes.  Flip cardboard over to opposite side.  Completely coat with Mod Podge and adhere a sheet of decorative paper.  I like to use vintage sheet music.  When dry, trim label(s) and punch a small hole in one end for the ribbon. 

To create the glittered border on the tag, dip each side alternately in lines of Mod Podge and Glitter, and allow to dry.

Using a fine-tipped brush, apply tiny bits of glue where you would like to accent the image with colored glitter.  On this design I like to highlight the pink flowers with a translucent pink glitter, and add a few touches of antique silver on her dress to tie it all together.

Tie your length of ribbon around the neck of the candle and secure with a double knot.  Thread gift tag through one end of the ribbon.  Tie the ribbon in a bow.


  1. That is so frickin cute! I love it!

  2. I love this idea. I'm going to keep it in mind for a gift in the future.

  3. That is really creative, and would be a great craft for a wedding, where you wanted to put something personal on the tables!

    thanks for sharing it!

  4. what a great idea...we live on the rose parade route and always have visitors coming by...this might be a nice treat to send them home with. thanks!

  5. I love it - thanks for the great idea!!

  6. Very cute! Love anything that requires Mod Podge.

  7. Very cool- my sister in law has been doing the same thing for years, she made some awesome Bette Page ones that I want to steal but maybe I'll just make my own ;)

  8. Ohhhh I love love love it!! Especially the glittery details :)

    ♥Happy New Year!!♥

  9. Thank you! Your blog post will be advertised on the CraftCrave Handcraft Items search engine today (look for timestamp: [26 Jan 02:00pm GMT]).

  10. Bravo!! Had to share.

  11. merci pour le partage !... je cherche des freebies sur le web, mais je recherche aussi des créations "faciles" : mon but est de permettre aux gens qui n'ont pas beaucoup d'argent, ou qui débutent le bricolage, de créer des choses simples, ne demandant pas d'outils "exceptionnels" ni trop de matériel... c'est le cas pour ces jolies bougies, et lorsque je trouve des choses qui me plaisent, je partage mes "bonnes adresses" : la vôtre y sera !... (j'ai déjà plus de 12000 liens vers des téléchargements gratuits et quelques autres milliers vers des projets de création !)


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