Monday, January 9, 2012

Mod Podge Flameless Candles

Before kids, I always had candles throughout my house.  It was nice to light them and have that flickering glow and nice scent in the room.  Since I've had kids, all my candles have been banished to a cabinet, only to be brought out on special occasions.  I have a couple in my kitchen I light occassionally, but overall it's just not worth the worry that someone is going to touch it, pull it down, or just get into trouble with it.  The new flameless candles are a great invention!  They give that nice flickering glow without having to worry about the kids burning themselves.  However, the selection of cute design is lacking.  You may just have a choice of a couple of colors. 

Now that two of my girls are getting a little older, they are intrigued with the idea of candles.  They aren't old enough that I'd let them set a little fire in their room or anything, but I thought they would enjoy the flameless candles.  To make them a little more fun, I decided to mod podge them each a decorative candle.  This way your flameless candles can be made to match any room or decor!

You will need: a flameless candle (I found mine at the dollar store), a decorative paper napkin or tissue paper, and mod podge.

You can find decorative napkins at almost any store.  I had these Paul Frank monkey ones left over from my daughter's birthday party, purchased from Target.  The purse and high heel napkins used for my other's daughter's candle were bought at TJ Maxx or Marshalls. 

If your napkin is a 2-ply thick napkin, peel off the second layer so it is more transparent.  You want it to be thinner so that your candlelight will flicker through.  Trim your napkin to the same height as your candle, and long enough for it to wrap around it.

Paint on a layer of mod podge to your candle and attach your napkin.  Allow to dry for 20-30 minutes.

Paint on a layer of mod podge to the outside of your napkin.  Allow to dry for 30 minutes.  Repeat this step 2-3 more times allowing to dry between each coat. 
Now your candle is ready to light (or actually switch on)!


  1. I work for Smart Candle, which makes these flameless candles. We recently got a shipment that had a bunch of damaged candles. They still work great but they had some small chips and cracks in the wax so we refused to sell them. We are now donating them to a program where children take donations to make arts and crafts. This is a perfect craft for them to do with our candles. What a great idea!

  2. What a great program for the kids! That is great for you guys to donate to them. You could also give the kids small pieces of colored tissue paper so they could make their own mosaic candles. Thanks for stopping by!

  3. I LOVE the Paul Frank candle! I'm a huge Julius fan :D


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