Fabric Covered Candle Tutorial
Gather Your Supplies:
~Candle of your choice
~Scrap of fabric – I use cotton.
~Mod Podge – For my project, I’m using matte Modge Podge, but you can use any kind. This is just what I had on hand.
Measure your candle from top to bottom and measure the circumference. Cut your fabric, using those measurement. You can cut your fabric one of two ways. Either cut the circumference using your exact measurements or cut the circumference just a smidgen over and overlap the ends slightly. I usually cut it about 1/8″ over the exact measurements.
A fabric with an overall pattern is easiest for this project, but you can use anything you like. Wrap your fabric around the candle for a trial run before you cover the candle with the Mod Podge.
Next, paint the Mod Podge all over the sides of the candle. It doesn’t have to be a heavy application. Just make sure the entire candle is coated.
Carefully, start wrapping the wrong side of the fabric around the candle, lining the top and bottom of the fabric along the candle as you go.If you find bubbles under the fabric, pull it back and re-wrap. You want it smooth and aligned for the best result. If you’ve chosen to add the 1/8″ to the circumference of the fabric, just put a little Mod Podge along the extra 1/8″ edge before you connect the two ends. If you end up with any extra fabric along the top of bottom, just trim with a pair of scissors.
Once you have the candle wrapped, just look it over for any air bubbles. If you find any, you can pull it back and re-wrap.
When the candle is to your liking, add an additional thin coat of Mod Podge to the outside to protect.it. I actually add a coat, wait for it to dry and add another thin coat.
**One additional tip if you would like to burn this candle:
Trim the wick and light the candle. Let it burn for 30 minutes or so (time will depend on the brand of candle). Blow out the candle and pour off the oil that has accumulated. You want to be able to fit a tealight candle in the center, so continue to burn and drain until the center is large enough for the tealight. Trim the wick on the candle and insert the tealight candle. This way, you can burn the candle without ruining your beautiful candle. Just change tealights when necessary.
As with all candles, never leave them unattended when lit.
You can use most any cotton fabric. Cover them with Christmas fabric, 4th of July, , etc.
Copyright Marilyn Kelley Designs, 2009