I love having candles around my house, especially this time of year when it is still cold and dark. Lit candles (whether they be a real flame or a battery operated candle) can enhance the feeling or coziness, or what the Danish call “hygge,” in your home. If you are like me and like to change your candles up for different holidays and seasons, you know it can get expensive. My trick is to take simple plain candle holders and dress them up temporarily. For Valentine’s Day this year, I used wax paper and ribbon.
Double-sided tape holds the wax paper and ribbons on the candle holders. The wax paper softens the candlelight making the glass look etched without committing to anything permanently. Decorative paper punches cut out shapes for the light to shine through. I found the ribbon in the dollar section of Target, four different kinds on a roll for just $1. I really like the crisp look of these red and white ribbons.
Faux Frosted Candle Holders
plain glass candle holders or jars (ones with straight sides are easiest to cover)
exacto knife or rotary cutter
decorative paper punches
2. Use a paper punch to stamp out shapes if you wish.
I have to warn you, not all punches are created equal. This snowflake punch cut through cleanly with nice detail, but the heart punch struggled at the bottom point. I had to clean them up with an exacto knife.
As well as the Valentine’s Day candles, I did some with snowflakes for winter.
So simple, but I think striking when lit. When I am ready to change my candles up for spring, the tape and wax paper are easily taken off.
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