Friday, November 25, 2011

Christmas Candle Redo

Hey friends! How was your Thanksgiving?! I didn't get to go home (Florida), but I got to spend time with my "other family" (Crystal, my roomie's family). I am so thankful for both of my families! The Lord has blessed me with SO much! :) 

This is a post I wrote for Crafting a Green World, but I wanted to share it on my blog as well. You will probably see several posts copied from there--hope you all don't mind! They will be worded differently and such, but are basically the same concept :) So, here we go:


Christmas candles have been around for what seems like forever (I tried googling when they were created, but all they wanted to talk about was Christmas lights. Boo.) I always thought the Christmas candles were super creepy though (especially the ones with red bulbs!). Overall, they just look cheap to me. How do I transform most cheap things? With other cheap things--toilet paper rolls!

What you will need: 

1. Toilet paper rolls (I used 3-4 rolls for 1 candle cover) 

2. Hot glue gun/hot glue sticks

3. Spray paint—I used red.. you know, because it's Christmas-y and stuff. 

4. Scissors 

5. Wax paper 

6. Christmas candles (I got mine from the Dollar Store)

How to do it: 

1. Cut your toilet paper rolls. I cut mine into 1/2 inch pieces.

2. Plan your pattern and lay it out. This is what my pattern looked like:


3. Hot glue the toilet paper pieces together. I found that it was easiest if you glued them into "flowers" first:


4. Then, glue the "flowers" together. Three of the "flowers" will form one side (just like I laid out in my pattern picture above). Eventually, you will form four sides. You're basically going to box in the Christmas candle with the four sides.

5. Time for spray paint! This is tricky because of all the different sides of each toilet paper piece. I probably looked like a fool, but I put the four sides on the ground and circled around them to make sure I got every inch. 


Aren't they pretty!?

6. Once the paint has completely dried, hot glue the sections together to form your "box" around the candle. I didn't want my sides to overlap, so I glued them together on the very edge of each section. I tried to take a picture to show this but I don't know if I did very well:


7. Once all that glue is dry, it's time to cut the wax paper. Cut enough wax paper to cover the inside of your "box." Once I put the wax paper inside, I put a little bit of hot glue in each corner of the box to make it form to the box. Adding the hot glue will keep it from being all rolled up like so:


8. Once the glue was dry, I cut around the top design. If you want to, though, you can keep it square. Here's a tip though-- if you want to keep it square at the top, make sure you put the straight edge of the wax paper at the top, and cut the excess from the bottom. Let's just say the reason I cut around the top design is because I didn't think of putting the straight edge at the top. Sad day. But hey, I went with it. And it looks pretty good, if I do say so myself :) You could even make these into little table lamps with actual bulbs and such. 



With the light on:


Am I starting to scare you all with the amount of toilet paper projects I'm doing? Because I'm kind of scaring myself.

Looking for more toilet paper projects? Check them out here!

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